Dog Breed Profiles

Whippet

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Dog Breed Group
Hound Dogs 
Origin of Breed
England, hunting dog. 
Life Expectancy
12 - 15 Years 
Color
Any color or mixture of colors 
Coat
Short, fine, and close 
Exercise Needs
need plenty of exercise which should consist of running free on open ground and long, brisk walks. 
Temperament
The Whippet is lively and sensitive. He is a gentle, affectionate and adaptable, a splendid watch dog, a delightful companion or 
Good with Children
Good with older children. Needs to be watched around other small animals. 
Grooming Needs
Grooming of his short coat is minimal, brush with a firm brush and bathe only when necessary. Wiping down the coat will keep him 
Average Size - Male (in)
19 - 22 
Average Size - Female (in)
18 - 21 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
28 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
28 
Health Issues
May get sunburned and are sensitive to cold. Delicate bones. Genetic eye diseases.v
Living Conditions
Will do well in a house or apartment if exercised. 

Breed Description

The Whippet looks like a miniature Greyhound. He is a medium size sight hound giving the appearance of elegance and fitness, denoting great speed, power and balance without coarseness. He is the fastest breed in the world been timed at 36.5 mph for a short distance. He is one of the friendliest of the sight hounds, but can be initially nervous or reserved around strangers. Developed from the Greyhound with the possibility of a cross between various terrier type breeds, he was developed into a fast little dog for used for hunting rabbit and later on racing. Known in Britain as the "poor man's racehorse," he was expected to earn his keep at the races.

Breed Infobits

One theory of the origin of the Whippet is that it was developed by crossing Greyhounds and Terriers.
The Whippet has a very determined spirit and seems to thrive upon competition.
The Whippet has all the characteristics of its larger cousin, the Greyhound.

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