Breed Introduction: Whippet Dog
The Whippet is a medium-size dog breed. They are a sight hound breed that originated in England, where they descended from greyhounds. Today, Whippets strongly resemble a smaller greyhound.
This particular breed was a poacher’s best friend, speedily going after small game. Today the Whippet competes in agility, fly ball, rally, and obedience and is a loving therapy dog. Whippet’s unique nature, friendly personality, and stylish look make them a hot favourite!
This medium-size hound has a short and dense coat in a variety of colours and markings, covering a streamlined body. The Whippet is not a miniature Greyhound but was developed by crossing Greyhounds with smaller terriers and, later, Italian Greyhounds. The result was a sleek and beautiful dog who is gentle and affectionate.
The Whippet is a fairly modern breed that is not more than a couple of hundred years old. It was developed in Northern England, specifically Lancashire and Yorkshire. During the late 1700s, whippets was created through the breeding of Greyhounds with fast and long-legged terriers. The result was a small and swift dog that was used by poachers to hunt small game on local estates.
The Whippet became popular with working men in Northern England, who spent their off hours seeing whose Whippet was the fastest or most agile. Whippet races usually took place on a straight track that spread down roads and across fields.
The first Whippet to be registered with the American Kennel Club was a dog named Jack Dempsey, in 1888.
Today, the Whippet continues to inspire admiration for his stylish look, versatility, and devoted companionship. They are ranked 60th among the 155 breeds and varieties recognized by the AKC.
A male Whippet is 19 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder; females are 18 to 21 inches. Their weight ranges from 18 to 48 pounds, with females being smaller.
Amiable and gentle, the Whippet is intense in the chase. They require a leash or a fenced yard to prevent them from taking off after any moving object, be it a bunny or a radio-controlled car. They do not bark much, but they are alert and makes an excellent watchdog.
When Whippets are not socialized properly, they can become timid and stressed by changes in their environment. A properly socialized Whippet is a polite and undemanding dog and is wonderful with strangers and other dogs alike.
The Whippet’s short and smooth coat lies close to the body. It can be any colour or colour combination. You can see different variations of whippet in black, white, red, fawn, blue, cream, brindle, and various combinations of those colours.