Whippets: Whippets are medium sized sight hounds that look similar to their cousins, Greyhounds. Their skulls are long and lean with a fairly wide space between their ears. Their muzzles are long, tapering to their noses. Their noses are black, dark blue or dark brown, so dark they all look black. Their teeth meet in a scissors bite. Their small, rose ears are held back and folded and are semi-perked when they are excited. Their oval shaped eyes are dark in color. Their front legs are straight and their feet are thick and cat like. Their tails are long, tapering to a point, and held low with slight upward curves near the ends, reaching to at least their hocks. Their short, smooth coats come in all colors including brindle, black, red, fawn, tigered white or slate blue, either solid-colored or mixed.
Whippets are very intelligent, lively, affectionate, sweet, and docile. These very devoted companions are quiet and calm in their homes. Whippets should always be trained and handled gently, for they are extremely sensitive both physically and mentally. Be sure to introduce plenty of variety when training them. Whippets are good with children of all ages as long as the children do not roughhouse or tease them. Whippets are clean, virtually odor free, easy to care for and easy to travel with. They are good watchdogs and may be reserved with strangers. They will pursue and kill cats and other small animals if given the opportunity, but are good with other dogs, cats and other animals that they are properly introduced to. Whippets sweet personalities make them fine companion dogs. Whippets are the ultimate sprinters, unsurpassed by any other breed in its ability to accelerate to top speed and to twist and turn with matchless dexterity. Some can be difficult to housebreak while others housebreak quickly.
Whippets were developed at the end of the 19th century through crossing among Greyhounds, Italian Greyhounds, and other terrier type dogs. Their name derives from the expression "whip it" meaning to move quickly. Whippets are outstanding track racers over short distances reaching speeds of up to 37 miles per hour in seconds! Whippets were recognized by AKC in 1888 and by the English Kennel Club in 1891. Some of the Whippet's talents include: hunting, sighting, watchdog, racing, agility, and lure coursing.
The Whippet Size:
Height: 18-22 inches
Weight: 25-45 lbs