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 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.
Whippets are medium sized dogs.
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 dogs.
The short and fine hair makes these hounds low maintenance dogs for the happiness of housekeepers.
To suit everyone’s taste any color and combination is allowed, making each whippet truly unique.
High energy outdoors, low energy at home. This dog is a superb sprinter reaching speeds of 35 miles per hour in short races but has a limited stamina.
Very calm at home especially when they have a chance to nap on your favorite couch.
These hounds' pleasant personality makes them good alarm dog but gives them little protection abilities.
Despite their delicate appearance these little hounds are healthy dogs. They can easily live up to 14-16 years.
Like other sighthounds, they are sensitive to anesthesia.
They don’t appreciate rough games but are definitely among the dog breeds good with children.
Non aggressive with other dogs but cats and rabbits can look like natural prey and trigger their chasing instinct.
Whippet dogs excel in many activities as lure coursing, racing, agility, shows and snoozing.
When daily exercise is provided, a small fenced yard is sufficient and a dog door appreciated.
Although there have been dogs of whippet type for centuries, the whippet history as a breed starts only in 1890. Discover the humble origins of this miraculously balanced dog breed.
What’s a bully whippet? Read the story of Wendy the whippet, a strikingly muscular but still lovable dog.
The long haired whippet is not one of the recognized akc breeds. Sometimes classified in the rare dog breeds, these handsome hounds are gaining popularity.
Click here to read the whippet dog breed standards, the documents that officially define the characteristics of the breed.
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