Whippet Information

Overview

The Whippet is a medium-sized sight hound that is of much elegance and fitness. It is an English Greyhound miniature and has been nicknamed "the poor man's racehorse. The fastest domesticated animal for its weight, the Whippet can reach a speed of up to 35 miles per hour. They are keen and efficient when racing and quiet and dignified in the house. The breed was brought to the United States by English mill operators in Massachusetts, the center of dog racing in the country at that time.

Whippet
Basic Info
NameWhippet
Other Name English Whippet, Snap dog
OriginEngland
Size Type Small Dog Breeds
Breed Group Hound Dog Breeds
Life Span12 to 15 years
TemperamentIntelligent, Lively, Quiet, Friendly
Height18 to 22 inches
Weight25 to 35 lbs
ColorsWhite, Red, Blue, Brindle, Black, Fawn
Puppy Price$800 - $1200 USD

Whippet

Physical description

Body Type

The Whippet is a medium-sized dog and weighs from 20-30 pounds. Male Whippets stand between 19 and 22 inches and females between 18 and 21 inches. The dog's length from forechest to buttocks is equal or slightly greater than height. It is medium-boned throughout. The long, lean skull is wide between the ears with a minimal stop. Eyes are large, alert and oval to round in shape. The ears are small and fine in texture. The long, powerful muzzle shows great strength of bite. AKC standards call for a scissors bite.


The neck is long, lean, muscular and well-arched, widening into the top of the shoulder. The back is broad, firm and longer than the loin. The back-line has a graceful, natural arch. The deep brisket reaches almost to the point of the elbow. The underline has a definite tuck-up. The tail is long and tapered, reaching to the inside of the hock as measured along the hind leg.

The shoulder blades are long, flat-muscled and well laid back. Elbows fall directly below the withers and point straight back. Straight forelegs look strong and capable. Pasterns are slightly bent and flexible.

The Whippet's hind quarters are especially long and powerful. Thighs are muscular and stifles are well bent. Hocks let down close the ground.

Front feet and rear feet are well-formed. Pads are hard and thick, toes long, close and well-arched.

Color

The Whippet's coat is very short, smooth and glossy. Hair is of uniform length all over the body.

The coat colors and marking patterns are wide and varied. Colors range from white to black and include fawn, red, bluish, cream and brindle. They may be either solid color or mixed. The Whippet's color is of no importance in judging for AKC standards.

Coat

The Whippet's coat is very short, smooth and glossy. Hair is of uniform length all over the body.

The coat colors and marking patterns are wide and varied. Colors range from white to black and include fawn, red, bluish, cream and brindle. They may be either solid color or mixed. The Whippet's color is of no importance in judging for AKC standards.

Characteristics
Good with Kids
 
Cat Friendly
 
Dog Friendly
 
Trainability
 
Shedding
 
Watchdog
 
Intelligence
 
Grooming
 
Popularity
 
Adaptability
 
Hypoallergenic  No

Grooming

The Whippet's smooth, short coat is easy to groom. It can be considered a "wash and wear" dog. Rub regularly with a damp chamois to keep the coat glossy. Brush a few times a week with a firm bristle brush. This is an average shedding breed.

Whippet's are virtually free of "doggie odor." Only bathe them when it is necessary. Use a gentle dog shampoo and double rinse. Check and clean inside the ears at bath time. Use a canine toothbrush and toothpaste twice a week.

History

The Whippet was developed in the later part of the 19th century. It was bred by crossings among the Greyhound, Italian Greyhound and a type of terrier. The name Whippet is a derivative of the expression "whip it", or move quickly.

Over time, the Whippet proved to be an outstanding track runner. The lower classes of England raced them for entertainment and gambling which earned it the nickname "poor man's race horse."

The breed was recognized in 1888 by the AKC and the English Kennel Club in 1891. Talents include sighting, hunting, racing, watchdog, agility and lure coursing.

Temperament

The Whippet is intelligent and affectionate with a lively personality. They are extremely sensitive both physically and mentally. Calm and quiet when indoors, they are good around children as long as the children do not pester or tease.

The Whippet should be gently trained with variety in the training. For best results, use games and running. They are good watchdogs. They may be a bit reserved with strangers. They will chase and kill cats and other small animals when offered the opportunity. However, they get along well with other dogs. They will leave cats they were raised with alone.

Some Whippets may be hard to housebreak, yet others are quickly housebroken. Let the Whippet know that you are in charge. To avoid behavior issues, let him know that you are the pack leader.

Although bred to be runners, Whippets can do well in apartments with a daily walk or run in a small yard. They make fine, quiet companions for their owners.


Interesting Whippet Facts

  • The Whippet's style of running is referred to as a double suspension gallop.
  • With it's gait, four of the Whippet's legs leave the ground twice in every stride.
  • The Whippet's heart is large and slow-beating but beats regularly during exercise.