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Sweet, quiet and gentle

About the Whippet Dog Breed

The Whippet is a medium-sized sighthound breed that is similar in appearance to a small Greyhound. They are also known to be very loyal and devoted to their owners. Whippets make excellent house pets and are often described as being “velcro dogs” because they love to be close to their humans.

Whippets are known for their gentle and affectionate nature, as well as their athleticism and speed. They make great family pets and are also often used in dog sports such as racing, agility, and lure coursing.

They’re sweet at home and very relaxed when indoors. When outdoors, they can be very active and playful, so they need plenty of space to run and play.

whippet lying down on a white bed

Whippet Dog Breed Characteristics

45 to 55 cm at the shoulder

25 to 40 pounds

Life Expectancy
12 to 15 years

Coat Colours
Black, white, brindle, fawn, blue, red

Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the Whippet, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your dog may not display exactly the same characteristics.

Family Life
Friendly with Kids
Friendly with Dogs
Ease of Grooming
Exercise Needs
Prey Drive
Tendency to Bark or Howl
Good for Novice Owners
Apartment Living

Whippet Breed History

Whippets were originally bred in England. It is believed that they are a cross between the Greyhound and the terrier, and were once known as the “Poor Man’s Greyhound”. They were frequently used to catch rats, rabbits and other small game.

The exact makeup of the breed’s ancestry is somewhat unclear, though they are certainly derived from Greyhounds. Further complicating the issue is the fact that the first mention of the Whippet as a dog breed in 1610 is in reference to a cross between a Greyhound and a Spaniel.

During the Industrial Revolution, many English families moved to cities where space was limited and hunting was no longer practical. Whippets became popular pets because they were small, quiet, and relatively easy to care for. They also had a reputation for being good with children.

Today, Whippets are still used for hunting in some parts of the world, but they are more commonly kept as pets.

Caring For a Whippet Puppy

How to Choose a Responsible Whippet Dog Breeder

It’s crucial that your Whippet breeder is responsible and knowledgeable about their breeding animals. They should have records of the ancestry of their dogs and should be able to advise you about any potential health problems of your puppy.

When buying a Whippet puppy, spend some time looking for breeders who will let you pay a visit to their premises. This should give you a chance to meet the parents of the puppy you’re looking to buy, and give you a better idea of the temperament of the puppy.

Whippet FAQ

No, they do not enjoy being left alone to their own devices. They may become moody and depressed if they do not get enough attention throughout the day.

No, they are not good guard dogs, as they are too quiet to raise an alarm if they encounter intruders, and will not defend their property.

Dog Breeds Similar to the Whippet

The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.

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