A Playful and Polite Pet!
The Whippet dog is a sighthound that was developed in the 1800s. It is a result of the cross breeding of English Greyhounds,
some Terriers and the Italian Greyhound. Its appearance is slim and streamlined, resembling the greyhound and is just
about half its size.
Originally used for coursing rabbits, they were also good ratters. Subsequently, the
aerodynamic structure of the breed along with its ability to run up to 35 miles per hour or more, was recognized and it was dispatched to the racecourse to compete in the then popular sport of dog racing.
Today, it is kept mainly as a lively companion dog.
Physical Appearance, Coat And Care
18-22 inches Weight:
Any Color, including gray, tan, fawn, brindle and
while or mixture of colors
Fastidious owners will enjoy this clean dog that sheds very little and has virtually no odor. The coat is short and fine and is easily
maintained by an occasional rub down with a hound cloth
. Bathe only as needed.
This breed has a thin skin and is
sensitive to the cold - be sure to keep a dog coat handy for chilly days.
Personality and Traits
If you want a dog to curl up with, the Whippet dog is one to consider. Sweet in nature, affectionate and willing to please,
this breed adapts very well to family life. He is considered a low maintenance dog
and is generally not a barker though he will come to your defense if need be.
Whippets are intelligent and can be trained for agility. Obedience training is more
of a challenge due to their independent nature, but is definitely achievable. He will respond best when using positive
reinforcement and variety, never a harsh approach.
The Whippet dog generally doesn't have a lot of health issues and can live up to fifteen years with good care.
On rare occasions they have been known to inherit an eye defect, but testing is now available to
determine its presence for those owners planning to breed their dogs.
Despite this dog's great athletic ability, it is not affected by hip problems common to many dogs.
The breed is best for families that like to stay active. He is a lively dog and has a high exercise requirement - needs to
be taken out a couple of times each day.
Some alternative exercise options that are well-suited to the breed include distance running (with an initial period of time allowed for conditioning), plus they are noted to be good swimmers.
A house with room to run outside is the ideal setup to help fulfill this dog's need to have substantial exercise.
They can adapt to apartment life if given adequate opportunity to be exercised outdoors on a regular schedule.
Whippets have a sweet temperament and do well with considerate children who do not play rough. As always, it is
recommended that an adult supervise any play between children and pets.
The Whippet dog makes a quiet and devoted companion dog for the elderly providing exercise needs can be met.
Further Reading Resources
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