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The Whippet originates from...

Depicted in art from as early as Ancient Egyptian times, the Whippet falls within the Kennel Club's 'hound' breed group, primarily bred to course game at high speeds. The Whippet is the result of crossing between the Greyhound and Italian Greyhound, with or without contributing Terrier blood. The Whippet was developed at the end of the 19th century when dog coursing was a popular form of entertainment amongst the English lower classes. Whippet racing is particularly popular in Massachusetts, America, where the first Whippets were brought along with English mill workers, residing there ever since. The Whippet was officially recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1888.

The Whippet is characterised by...

Medium-sized and lean in build, the Whippet possesses a distinctive appearance, closely resembling its forebears in all but size. Boasting short legs, a deep chest for enhanced lung capacity, a long and pointed muzzle, a tapering tail, and a short, close coat. Typically, the coat is observed in colours of slate grey, fawn, red, brindle, tiger white, black or blue. Agile and curious, the Whippet is capable of climbing to a considerable height so observation is necessary when off the leash. An average shedder, the Whippet coat requires minimal management to maintain its appearance and does not have a typical 'doggy' odour.

The average Whippet...

Contrary to popular belief, the Whippet is an amiable, relaxed and gentle breed, with a quiet temperament that enjoys regular human contact. The Whippet is neither aggressive nor highly strung, but docile and dependable towards its owners. Compatible with children and other house pets when introduced to them gradually, the breed is low maintenance and makes a great addition to any home setting. Whilst there are discrepancies across gender, the average Whippet will weigh between 10-20 kg, with a life expectancy of approximately 12-15 years when shown the appropriate love and care.

Because no breed is without its weakness...

Generally very healthy and long-lived, the Whippet is prone to few breed-specific or genetic diseases. Those that are documented in the breed include cardiac-related illness, congenital deafness and optical disorders, although these appear with no great prevalence.

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Our Whippet owners' thoughts

6th Nov 2013
Kara-Louise Milne
  • VioVet Customer Since: August 2013
  • From: Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Whippets are the most lovely, affectionate little dogs with great personality. Toffee is my first whippet and we have done puppy and obedience classes and are now doign Ringcraft classes to prepare him for a showing and stud career. I absolutely adore him :-)

13th Jan 2014
Melisa Thorneywork
  • VioVet Customer Since: October 2012
  • From: Hampshire, United Kingdom

sleepy, then v v fast, then asleep again mostly - hughly recommended!

22nd Aug 2014
Arthur Cannon
  • VioVet Customer Since: August 2014
  • From: Dorset, United Kingdom

I have had Whippets for over 35 years , they are lovable gentle dogs a great family dog love to travel my dogs go abroad with me so they travel by sea and train, they will eat most foods but will like your dinner better, watch them they will steal food , they love to chill out on the sofa. A couch potato as my friends call them

8th Dec 2014
Lesley Mylie
  • VioVet Customer Since: September 2014
  • From: Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Whippets are beautiful dogs who like their comforts. Once they have had a run they love nothing better than a sleep on a comfy sofa. They are cheeky little monkeys and a lot of fun to have. I wouldn't be without my little girl I love her to bits!

21st Aug 2015
Michael O'Connell
  • VioVet Customer Since: August 2013
  • From: Cornwall, United Kingdom

My whippet 'Lana' is highly intelligent,loves to play games,will run until she drops and is extremely loving. Lana is my second and I would choose the Whippet as a breed every time.

26th Feb 2016
Fokel De Vries
  • VioVet Customer Since: July 2014
  • From: Cumbria, United Kingdom

We are the proud parents of 4 (yes 4!!!) whippets. Our oldest is almost 11, one is almost 6 and we have 2 brothers of 1 1/2. They are so sweet natured, very friendly towards children, other dogs and very affectionate towards us. Big positive about whippets is that they hardly shed hairs and truly smell lovely. Can't imagine ever not having whippets, yes I guess we are addicted to them.

16th Apr 2016
Romy Green
  • VioVet Customer Since: April 2015
  • From: Dorset, United Kingdom

We have 5 Whippets and one Saluki cross Whippet. Whippets are very gentle creatures that love to play and run, ideally in an open meadow or on

31st Mar 2017
Jacqueline Warner
  • VioVet Customer Since: February 2015
  • From: Cheshire, United Kingdom

Loving .elegant 40 mile an hour couch potatoes

5th Jun 2017
Frances Chatterjee
  • VioVet Customer Since: March 2012
  • From: Cornwall, United Kingdom

My whippet Jasmine is 21 months old now and is delightful - clever, funny, very affectionate. She loves running off lead (her recall isn't bad) and being chased by other dogs! She's just started agility, which she loves

28th Jul 2017
David Dodd
  • VioVet Customer Since: July 2017
  • From: Cornwall, United Kingdom

Flora our wonderful blue brindle whippet is 4 years old and our first dog. She was my wife's choice. I would have chosen something bigger! Saying that, once she arrived I fell in love with her immediately and she has been the perfect addition to the family. We had been warned that female whippets are harder work then boys, and she was a very lively puppy. We had her spayed at one and now she is a couch potato all day and then springs into life when I get home from work and take her to the cricket field for a play with her favourite thrower/balls. She sheds very little hair and no doggy smell. She hates cats and can reach any food left on the kitchen worktop by my sons. Overall, we are hooked on whippets and cannot imagine our life without her.

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