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.
Color: Any color and color combination
Coat: Short, fine and odor free
Protection: Barks to alert
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
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
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.
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!