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Whippet AKC Group: Hound
Height: Male: 18.5-22.5 inches, Female: 17.5-21.5 inches
Weight: Male: 25-45 pounds, Female: 20-40 pounds
Colors: black, white; red, fawn; blue, brindle
AKC recognized in: 1888

A member of the Sighthound family, the elegant and athletic Whippet is also called the "Snap Dog". This is a breed of active, playful dogs similar to a smaller Greyhound. It is versatile in its role not only as hound and racer but also as hunter, companion, and show dog.

As a breed, the first reference to the Whippet dates back to 1610, although small, greyhound-like dogs have been depicted in art since the Roman times.

By the 19th century, Whippet racing had been regarded as a national sport everywhere in England. It exceeded the popularity of ball games like football. From the race tracks, the Whippet has traveled a long way into getting officially-recognized as a breed in the late 1880's and 1890's.

Eligible to be classified as Sighthounds, Snap Dogs have been bred to hunt through sight. They can course game in wide, open areas at very high speeds. This translates to as much as 37 miles per hour of dog power.

The Whippet is best described as a medium-sized hound which comes in an interesting variety of colors and patterns. In a litter of cute little Whippets, you would see every kind of spots, patches, and blazes represented all over. Fortunately, color is immaterial when judging Whippets for show and competition.


Whippet Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance one paw
Ease of Training four paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements four paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements one paw
Heat Tolerance four paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability two paws
Watchdog Ability two paws

If you're wondering where the word "Whippet" comes from, it means just that: Whip it! Snap Dogs are literally able to move in a snap!

An athlete and distance runner, this dog's body is designed for mileage. It can move quickly in seconds and cover more miles than you can imagine. Its eyes are wise and alert, and its ears perk up with excitement at the idea of a race.

More than the "poor man's racehorse" for which it was famous in England, the Whippet can become your favorite household pet. Trained to be docile, they will be generally quiet and gentle around the house. They will be quite content to laze and rest all day.

A creature of affection, the Whippet does not adapt well to living outdoors or in kennels. It cannot withstand prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. Besides, it loves being embraced by the warmth of a family.

Once they've bonded with their owners, Whippets can be confident enough to be friendly with visitors. Less suited to be guard dogs and more apt to be companion dogs, they will greet people with a bark. Given their gentler nature, Whippets and their kind have found their way into nursing homes and facilities for assisted living.

Health and Exercise

Under normal circumstances, Whippets can live between 12 to 15 years.

Whippets won't mind whether you live in houses or apartments as long as you entitle them to walks. They have no traffic sense at all, so keep them on a leash as you exercise and give them fresh air.

Whippets are generally a healthy breed of dog. Many Whippets have been found to have slow, irregular heart rates while resting, though that normally returns to normal with healthy exercise. They have occasionally been associated with problems with their eyes, so a CERF examination is recommended, especially before breeding. Like many other sight hounds, the Whippet is sensative to barbiturate based anesthetics.

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