The Whippet is a medium size sighthound that is powerful and fast. They can run at speeds up to 35 miles per hour. That’s a fast dog! After that quick run, they will be happy sleeping inside and being lazy.
The Whippet was developed in northern England by crossing Greyhounds and long legged terriers resulting in this small swift breed.
They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 and the English Kennel Club in 1891.
The Whippet is a member of the American Kennel Club’s hound group of dogs and they will hunt small game.
The Whippet is a medium size dog breed that is 18 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder and they weigh 25 to 40 pounds.
Whippets can be one of 18 colors which are black, blue, blue brindle, blue fawn, cream, fawn, fawn brindle, red, red brindle, white, white and black, white and blue, white and blue brindle, white and blue fawn, white and fawn, white and fawn brindle, white and red, or white and red brindle.
The 6 markings for the Whippet are black mask, blue mask, water marked, white markings, white markings with black mask, or white markings with blue mask..
They are affectionate and calm, yet playful dog breed. They are great with kids and other pets, and they tend to bond to one person.
The energy level for this breed is similar to the Greyhound. They have bursts of energy and enjoy relaxing most of the day. They tend to not bark and they prefer to be with their owner.
The average lifespan for the Whippet dog breed is 12 to 15 years of age. They may be sensitive to anesthesia and prone to deafness, eye problems and von Willebrand’s Disease.
Occasional grooming including a weekly brushing, except during times of seasonal shedding when brushing several times a week will be necessary to remove the loose hair.
You will need to clean your dog’s ears once a week and trim their nails when needed. To prevent tartar and gum disease, brush their teeth several times a week.
Whippets will respond well with training, but you should keep training sessions short. Allow them time to run off leash if possible. They enjoy playing games that include running although their endurance will not last.
Whippets typically bond with one person in the home. This is not the dog that will do well being alone all day while you work, although some will do well with another Whippet in the home. If you are away all day, consider hiring a dog walker or going to a doggie day care. The Thundershirt can help some dogs with anxiety, check it out here.
If you have an interest in the Whippet dog breed, please consider adoption. There are many purebred dogs and puppies that are available for adoption. Search for a Whippet rescue group in your area by starting here at PetFinder.
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