Whippet At a Glance
Country of Origin:
AKC (Hound); ANKC (Hounds); CKC (Hounds); FCI (Sighthounds); KC (Hound); UKC (Sighthound & Pariah)
Medium. Weight: 25–40 lbs Height: 17–22 inches
Short and dense.
White with Colored Patches, Brindle, Fawn, All Colors accepted
13 to 15 years
Cold Weather Tolerance
Hot Weather Tolerance
Did You Know?
These dogs can run up to 36 miles per hour.
In spite of his ancient looks, the Whippet is a fairly recent breed, having been developed in the 1800s. Also known as the “poor man’s racehorse,” the Whippet can run as fast as 36 mph. They are truly miniature greyhounds, and hold the record for the fastest animal in their size group. They were bred to be “snapdogs”, dogs that were bet on by how many rabbits they could kill in a short period of time. As “snapdogs” became banned, the breed then moved toward speed, where they excelled.
This dog breed looks identical to the greyhound in all shapes except size. They are much smaller but they retain the same long legs, narrow chest and skinny tail as their greyhound cousins. Unlike the Italian Greyhound, Whippets are sturdy pets and much more than just a companion.
The Whippet is a calm, easygoing and adaptable dog. They are very focused during sports of running or hunting, however, they easily settle down and make great house pets indoors. Like their greyhound cousins, the Whippet is content as a couch potato. They are closed and loving to their owners, and also do well with children and other dogs. With other pets, socialization is needed or else they may instinctively chase them.
Whippets live on average 13 to 15 years, good for a dog of their size. The most commonly reported breed health issue is eye problems, due to their sighthound heritage. Some Whippets may also experience skin allergies, and can easily break toes or tails if not careful.
Whippets are a clean and tidy breed, helping to keep their coats naturally neat and clean. Occasional brushing or a rub down with a grooming glove will help remove any dead hairs and keep the coat shiny. For Whippets with skin allergies, care should be taken to keep the skin clean and cared for, as well as providing any treatment needed.
While intelligent, the independent nature of the Whippet may make him a candidate for remedial training. He may need repeated lessons in the same subject to help drive obedience home, and shouldn’t be expected to be an eager pleaser like other breeds such as the retriever.
This dog breed can be very fast and active, however, they are just as content being couch potatoes. A daily walk on a leash or in a secured area will help keep him in shape. Otherwise, the Whippet is content to just be near his owners and take part in whatever activities they are doing.