Thinking about purchasing an Whippet? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Whippet breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Whippet owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Whippet and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Whippet Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Whippet and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
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 - 22
Colors: Any color
or mixture of colors, and any pattern.
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.
Whippet 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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