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Description: The Whippet looks like a miniature Greyhound. They are medium sized 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 150 yard course, which is at least 10 mph faster than the fastest human can run. Whippets have frail bodies, but they are intense when racing. They have small rose ears, a black nose and thin snout. Their bodies are thin and lean but muscular. Their tapering tail remains undocked. Whippets are gentle, affectionate and adaptable, splendid watch dogs. Delightful companions or great jogging partners, the Whippet needs plenty of exercise and might as well get it with you. Whippets are considered one of the friendliest of the sight hounds, but can be initially nervous or reserved around strangers. They tend to get along very well with other dogs, but smaller animals may be hunted by this breed. They get along well with children however and are very playful, though children should be gentle. The Whippet is a calm and sensitive breed that is powerful on the race track and playful at home.
Type: Scenthound and Pariah
Height: 17 -
color or mixture of colors, and any pattern.
Whippets are amiable, friendly, gentle, but capable of great intensity during
sporting pursuits. They may seem fragile, but they compete with tenacity during
races. They are sensitive to the cold, however, and should be housed indoors.
The Whippet does well with all people, children included. They do not do well
with small animals, however, and they will try to hunt them. They should also
be kept on a leash in the public as they like to roam. Whippets are adaptable,
somewhat fragile, but amiable. They are among the most obedient sight hounds
as well. They are calm inside the house and are playful.
Watch-dog: High. The Whippet
is an alert breed.
Care and Training:
Grooming of the Whippet's short coat is minimal. Brush the coat with a firm
brush and bathe them only when necessary. Wiping down the coat will keep them
clean and shiny. You can also give them a rub down to keep them clean. Whippets
need plenty of exercise which should consist of running free on open ground
and long, brisk walks. This speedy breed needs plenty of exercise to keep
in shape. They are sensitive to the cold and should be kept indoors and not
in a kennel.
Activity: Indoor - Low.
Outdoor - Very High.
Health Issues: The Whippet may get sunburned and they are sensitive to cold. They also may have delicate bones, or genetic eye diseases.
Life Span: 12 - 15 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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