- AKC recognized in 1888
- Lifespan: 12-15 years
- Size: Medium
- Energy: Medium
- Recommended Crate Size: 36” dog crate*
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The Whippet is a sighthound breed originating in England. The information about this official pure breed was unknown until the 1800s. This is even though recent studies show that they have been mentioned in art and literature as early as 1610.
The Whippet is the descendant of the Greyhound. That’s why most people often call this breed a miniature Greyhound.
In the past, the Greyhound was an exclusive pet belonging to the rich. People at that time decided to breed the Whippet, which was more economical to maintain for the poorer classes.
They possess equal ability in racing and pursuing game like its predecessor. But, unlike Greyhound in coursing, this dog was initially bred to hunt rabbits. That’s why people call them as Snap Dogs because of their tendency to snap up their prey.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Whippet in 1888.
These medium energy dogs are known as affectionate, playful, and calm.
They are quiet and rarely to bark, which makes them perfect as apartment dogs.
Due to their habit of hunting, they can easily go chasing small animals like rabbits or rats. They may even instinctually chase your neighbor’s cat. Hence, it is important to give them proper training. Moreover, it is also the best to keep them in a fenced backyard.
You can give them a lot of exercises so they can release this hunting energy. For example, they can be a great companion for joggers.
Although they are quite active, the Whippet is still a house dog. They love to relax at home where they will be on your favorite spots like a bed or couch.
Please keep in mind that they are not a watchdog. Instead of being alert, they will welcome everyone who comes into your house as their new friend.
The Whippet has a similar look to the Greyhound. Not only are they smaller, but they are also more curvaceous.
Their abdomen is more arched toward the loin. Their body is small enough to be on your lap, yet big enough to take them running with you.
Their height is around 19-22 inches for males and 18-21 inches for females. Their weight is between 25-40 pounds. They have long and slender legs which give them remarkable speed.
They have big and lustrous eyes. Their coat is short and sleek.
Combined with their slim body, you can expect them to hate cold weather. They come in almost every color with no preference.
The Whippet is very clean and free from doggy odor.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure clean, fresh water is always available.
The short coat of the Whippet only needs a little maintenance by grooming it weekly. Bathing is only required occasionally.
Since the Whippet is a breed known for its speed, you can take them for a jog or run with you. Daily exercise of between 30-60 minutes is recommended.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends a 36” dog crate* for most adult Whippets.
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