Whippets were bred to hunt by sight, coursing rabbits and other small game animals in open areas at high speeds. In the 19th century, Whippet racing was a national sport in England and this is when the Whippet became a distinct breed.
They are a sleek, lithe, agile dog, built for speed, and modern Whippets are outstanding running dogs, top competitors in straight racing, oval track racing and lure coursing.
The quiet and gentle Whippet is a fast runner and an angel with kids!
Whippets are generally quiet and gentle dogs and are happy to spend their day lolling about. They are loyal, friendly, affectionate, easy-going dogs and are sensitive to the mood of their owners. They are a very safe dog with children.
Like all dogs, the Whippet needs a daily exercise routine. Whippets love to run and have a strong prey drive because of their history of hunting. They are not suitable around cats, rabbits or other small animals. They are not the most fearless watchdog, but will jump or bark to protect their owner. Whippets are intelligent dogs and easy to train especially if training is made fun for them.
Whippets need only a quick brush each week and a regular bath. Their short coats mean they have little cold tolerance and should not be housed in a kennel or left outside at night.
An hour’s daily run is enough to satisfy the exercise needs of the average Whippet. They are intelligent dogs that love to be close to their owners. Other than a daily run, the Whippet, like the Greyhound, has a huge love of comfort and will happily spend his day as a couch potato.
The Whippet is a great all-round dog, which although very athletic is also very gentle with children and with elderly people. They are common companion dogs in nursing homes.
Most Whippets need a kind owner capable of recognizing this breed’s need for affection and rewarding its loyalty and devotion. They are suitable for apartment living, but a good daily run is a must.
Breed classification Hound
Origin Great Britain
Lifespan 12-15 years
Colors Any color, most common black, red, brindle, fawn and blue
Common hereditary problems Whippets do not have any known inherited diseases.