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Whippet Information 101

You’ll find here all the whippet information and basic dog breed characteristics you need to know to fall in love incurably with the whippet dog breed.



Size: Medium


Color: Any color and color combination


Coat: Short, fine and odor free


Protection: Barks to alert


Energy: Moderate


Speed: Incredible or none


Life Expectancy: 13-15 years


Children: Great with kids


Senior Owners: Perfect


Other Dogs: Easily accepted


Other Animals: Cats and small furry creatures may be seen as prey


Abilities: Coursing, racing, dog agility, hunting, flyball, frisbee, snoozing


Grooming and Shedding: Minimal. Weekly brushing, bath when needed, nail clipping


Feeding: Undemanding


Required Exercise: Average


Temperament: Gentle, affectionate and adaptable


Trainability: High. Best with positive reinforcement training methods 


Common Health Problems: None


Needs: Fences, coat in cold weather, soft and warm bed.


Suitability for City Living: Perfect city dog if given enough exercise




More Whippet Information? 


The whippet dog breed standard is the document that defines what a whippet should be and look like, it outlines the ideal whippet against which dogs are compared at a dog show.


A medium sized, elegant sighthound of short coat existed for many centuries before any official recognition but whippets were registered as a breed only at the end of the 1800.

Although the whippet was originally bred in England and then exported to America, the American Kennel Club was the first to register a whippet called Jack Dempsey.

With the registration of a breed goes the compilation of the official standard.


The American standard describes the whippet in greater detail than the British one and lists more faults and disqualification, mainly regarding the pigmentation of the eyes and nose.

European dogs are smaller than their American cousins.

The Federation Cynologique International (FCI) is based in Belgium and regulates the pedigree dogs activities in Europe, South America and Japan.

The FCI takes the standard from the breed country of origin, in the case of the whippet, Britain.

Click on the links below to read and compare the different whippet standards.


American Kennel Club - Whippet Standard

Kennel Club - Whippet Standard

If you are of a visual learner, you might appreciate this wonderful illustrated whippet standard by the American Whippet Club


And here is a great video with whippet information. Enjoy!






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