Whippet vs Italian Greyhound

Whippet vs Italian greyhound: find your perfect match.






Both these small hounds look like a "miniature Greyhound"and are built for speed.

They both sport a slender, elegant look and a short silky coat but they are two different breeds with distinct characteristics. 

The Italian greyhound is a very old breed, favorite of the nobility since ancient times as a prized pet.

The whippet is a more modern breed, selected by the miners of North England for racing.

The size, colors, temperament and movement differentiate the Italian  greyhound and the whippet.

You can't decide which breed to pick? Compare them at a glance to decide which one is your perfect pet.




Compare Whippet vs Italian Greyhound


Italian Greyhound

Whippet

Size

Small

Medium

Height

32-38cms (12½-15 ins) at withers

17-20in (44-51cm)

Weight  

Ideal Weight 3.6-4.5 kgs (8-10 lbs).


20-26lbs (9-13kg)


Appearance

Very similar to the Greyhound, but much smaller and slender, graceful and elegant 

Combines muscular power and strength with elegance and grace 

Color

Any color except brindle or tan markings

Immaterial, any color or mixture of colors


Movement

High-stepping and free action

Low, smooth, free moving, never high stepping or stilted

Common Health Problems

Broken bones, epilepsy, dental problems 

None

Energy

High

Moderate

Temperament

Smart, affectionate and lively. May appear aloof with strangers. 

Gentle, devoted, level minded.

Not For

Disruptive children, outdoor life

Kennel life

Best With

Adult, gentle owners

Loving owners





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