Whippet Coat Colors

by Fred
(Columbus, Ohio)

I went to the rescue shelter to get a black lab to replace the one we had lost a year ago.

They brought out this beautiful little dog which was about 10 months old and they told us how they had found it.

It weighed about 15 lbs and had mange. We figured "why not?", and took it home.

I treated the mange with lots of good food (as mange is due to weak immune system) and baths with a rinse in water (with Oxi-Clean or Borax dissolved in it).

The dog warmed up to us after about 2 months (but still has bad dreams on occasion).

I noticed how FAST the dog is, and compared it side-by-side to my friends black lab which is 2 years old. "This is not a lab!", I realized.

My dog is pure black except some white on the chest, but in every other way is a whippet. I was not aware how many varieties of colors they come in.

I've seen white, brown/white, and many mixed colors, but it would seem that pure black is a rare color. That's why the rescue shelter thought it was a lab.

I took it back there after a year and the head vet said: "Hey! Nice whippet!" which confirmed my findings.

I was curious about the varieties of colors they are born with.

ANSWER:

As stated in the whippet breed standards, the color is immaterial and whippets actually come in any color and mixture of colors you can think of.

It is one of the many charms of this breed the fact that every whippet is so unique.

For some reason black whippets are not as popular as other colors, maybe because they do not stand out as the brindles and particolored in dog shows.

Talking about whippets' speed, have a look at the fun video at the bottom of this page to compare how fast can a human, a lab and a whippet run.

Kudos for adopting so generously a dog of uncertain origin and in need of health care. With a whippet you won't be disappointed!




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Whippet Shedding

My whippet has a terrible shedding problem all year long!
What can we do about it?

ANSWER:

Whippets generally do not shed a lot, grooming once a week with a rubber brush should be enough to keep your dog clean and free from dead hairs.

Check with your vet that your whippet's diet is balanced and rich in vitamins.

For more info about the regular whippet grooming routine and if you would like a free vet advice check out this page about whippet care.


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