Breed Information: Whippet

Breed Description: Whippets are slender and graceful and closely resemble a small version of the greyhound in appearance. This breed was bred to run and has a long lean head, streamlined body and long, straight legs. Calm and laid back indoors, the Whippet makes a loving and affectionate house pet.

Group: Hound Group

Purpose of Breed: Racing

Country of Origin: Great Britain

Average Size: Ranges from 17-20 inches tall and around 26-28 lbs.

Color(s): All colors

Coat Type: The Whippet has a dense coat or fine, short hair.

Grooming: This breed's coat requires an occasional soft brushing, but is otherwise easy to maintain, and requires standard care for eyes, ears, pads and nails.

Exercise Needs: Whippets were bred to run and should be allowed to run free in a large, safely enclosed area as much as possible in addition to taking regular walks. Because Whippets are sensitive to the cold, they should be protected when out in inclement weather. If given the chance, this breed has a strong instinct to chase and may run down and kill cats and other small animals.


Temperament: Whippets have a sweet and docile temperament, but they are independent thinkers and can be somewhat strong-willed at times. They become very attached to their owners and are good with young children. Whippets are a lively breed, but prefer to spend hours on a soft couch when indoors. They are generally exuberant when guests arrive and do not make good watch dogs. Whippets are best with other pets when they grow up in the house together, otherwise they may see small animals as prey and chase them, possibly injuring or killing them.

Common Ailments: Prone to digestive problems, skin problems and some eye diseases.

Life Expectancy: Averages 12-15 years.

Trivia: The Whippet is extremely fast and can reach speeds of up to 35 mph.

More Information: American Whippet Club, Inc.

Whippet Breed Info

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