Whippet

Whippet History/Evolution:

The Whippet is a mediumsized Sighthound developed in England in the 1700s, most likely from small Greyhounds and other smaller dogs. At times peasants used the Whippet for poaching rabbits, as well as in “snap dog” contests, in which dogs competed to see which could “snap up” as many rabbits as possible before they escaped from a circle. Today some people race Whippets; others believe the dog belongs in the show ring, in lure-coursing events, or in the home.


Whippet Size:

Medium; females 18 to 21 inches, 20 to 30 pounds; males 19 to 22 inches, 25 to 40 pounds.

Whippet Color:

Immaterial.

Whippet Temperament:

Amiable, gentle, friendly, devoted, and demonstrative. Good with children. Not good with harsh correction or rough treatment. Intense chaser.

Whippet Energy level:

Moderate.

Whippet Best owner:

Active, athletic owner.

Whippet Needs:

Daily exercise (long walk or run), fenced yards, leash, soft bedding, warmth (coats or sweaters a requirement for the cold), minimal grooming.

Whippet Life expectancy:

12 to 15 years.