Discover whippet dogs: size, requirements, health, life expectancy, behavior and breed characteristics.
The whippet has the general look of a miniature greyhound.
It belongs to the sighthound family. These fast and elegant dogs have been employed for centuries around the world to chase and take down prays of various size and strength.
Other breeds in this category are the Saluki, the Afghan Hound, the Greyhound, the Borzoi, the Scottish Deerhound, the Irish Wolfhound, the Sloughi, the Ibizan hound, the Galgo.
According to the Kennel Club, a male should be 47-51 cm. (18 1/2-20 ins) a female 44-47 (17 1/2-18 1/ins) at the withers.
The American Kennel Club allows a bigger size: 19-22 ins for dogs and 18-21 for bitches.
Medium dog breeds are very adaptable and easier to handle than large or toy breeds dogs.
Short, fine and silky to the touch.
To suit everyone's taste whippets come in every color and color combination. Every dog is truly unique!
The short and fine whippets' coat is easy to groom and makes these hounds low maintenance dogs for the happiness of housekeepers.
Whippets are superb sprinters reaching speeds of 35 miles per hour in short races but they have limited stamina and are a very relaxed companion at home especially when they have a chance to nap on your favorite couch.
These hounds' pleasant personality makes them good alarm dogs but gives them little protection abilities. They will bark to alert.
Despite their delicate appearance these little hounds are healthy dogs. They can easily live up to 13-15 years.
Like other sighthounds, they are sensitive to anesthesia.
Common Health Problems
Whippet dogs don’t appreciate rough games but are definitely among the dog breeds good with children.
Suitable for first-time dog owners.
Whippet dogs excel in many activities as lure coursing, racing, agility, shows, flyaball, dog frisbee, hunting.
At least half an hour a day of brisk walking on leash with some free running will keep you and your whippet in good health.
Whippets adapt easily to living in an apartment if enough exercise is provided, although a small fenced yard is greatly appreciated.
A dog door can solve the problem of having to leave your whippet alone.
Non aggressive with other dogs but cats and rabbits and small furry creatures can look like natural prey and trigger the whippet's natural chasing instinct.
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