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Whippet Breed Summary

Fast, Energetic, Cuddly, Intelligent and Athletic Doggies

The Whippet was thought to have been developed in the late 1700’s, by crossing long-legged Terriers with Greyhounds. They were developed mainly in the North of England, particularly in the counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Their main purpose was to hunt rabbits as well as other small mammals around local estates, under the command of poachers. Their owners also created their own entertainment amongst themselves often having competitions, to see whose dog was the fastest or the most capable of killing rabbits. These races were often referred to as ‘rag races’, where the dogs would chase after a piece of rag or cloth. Nowadays however, these doggies can be seen competing in a variety of competition categories, such as agility and obedience.

Kennel Club Group Hound
Lifespan 12 - 14 Years
Height (at the withers) Males 47-51cm (18.5-20 inches) / Females 44-47cm (17.5-18.5 inches)
Weight Males and Females 9.1-19.1kg (20-42lbs)
Coat Fine, Dense, Very Short, Smooth
Colour A wide range, including Black, Brindle, Fawn, Blue, Red, Silver, White and any combination
Eye colour Brown
Common health issues Mitral Valve Insufficiency; Atrioventricular Valvular Insufficiency (AVVI); Various Autoimmune Problems, such as Addison’s Disease, Hypothyroidism and Systemic Lupus; Demodectic Mange; Alopecia; Cushing’s Disease; Corns; Megaesophagus.
Other Names English Whippet; Snap Dog

Un-like what these doggies were bred for, they actually make excellent therapy dogs, due to their friendly nature! Whippets are also very affectionate towards their ‘hoomans’ and love to cuddle up to you. Speaking of warm and cuddly, these doggies are not suited to living outside, due to their very thin coats. It’s also important to keep an eye on them in winter, and potentially buy them a little coat or jumper! They also have very independent streaks, so it’s important that you train them well so that they understand who’s in charge! One thing to definitely consider when getting a dog, is if you have a C.A.T. These doggies have an extremely high prey drive, and many families that own these dogs alongside cats, now no longer have a cat… so a pet-free home is best for these guys!