Description: The Whippet looks like a miniature Greyhound. They are medium size sight hounds giving the appearance of elegance and fitness, denoting great speed, power and balance without coarseness. They are one of the fastest breed in the world having been timed at 36.5 mph for a short distance. Whippets are gentle, affectionate and adaptable, splendid watch dogs, delightful companions or great jogging partners. Whippets are considered one of the friendliest of the sight hounds, but can be initially nervous or reserved around strangers.
Type: Scenthound and Pariah
Height: 17 - 20 inches
Weight: 28 lbs
Colors: Any color or mixture of colors
Coat: Short, fine, and close
Temperament: Whippets are amiable, friendly, gentle, but capable of great intensity during sporting pursuits.
With Children: Yes, good with older children.
With Pets: Needs to be watched around other small animals.
Special Skills: Hunting dog and companion.
Care and Training: Grooming of the Whippets short coat is minimal, brush with a firm brush and bathe only when necessary. Wiping down the coat will keep them clean and shiny. Whippets need plenty of exercise which should consist of running free on open ground and long, brisk walks.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Medium, Problem Solving - Medium
Activity: Indoor - Low, Outdoor - Very High
Living Environment: Whippets will do well in a house or apartment if exercised. They are susceptible to cold weather and do better in arid climates.
Health Issues: May get sunburned and are sensitive to cold. Delicate bones. Genetic eye diseases.
Life Span: 12 - 15 years
Litter Size: 4 - 8
Country of Origin: Great Britain
History: Developed from the Greyhound with the possibility of a cross between various terrier type breeds, they were developed into a fast little dog used for hunting rabbit and later on racing. Known in Britain as the "poor man's racehorse," the Whippet were expected to earn their keep at the races.
First Registered by the AKC: 1888
AKC Group: Hound
Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 10), KC (GB), UKC