Size: Small / Medium
Weight: 20 - 40 lbs.
Height: 19" - 22"
Life Span: 14 - 16 years
Health Problems: Mange; digestive tract problems; undescended testicles
Origin: Great Britain
Also Known As: No Nicknames.
Category: Companion Dog, Racing, Chasing Events
The Whippet should be walked several times a day and allowed to run. This breed should be kept on a leashing when walked and is suitable for small, fenced yards.
Your Whippet's smooth, short coat only needs brushed once a week. In fact, it may need a coat in cold weather. Regular nail clipping and dental cleaning recommended.
Loving, friendly, shy, sensitive and easy-going, this breed is good in almost any environment. The Whippet is alert, adaptable and highly trainable. The breed makes a good family pet. However, it should never be roughly handled or disciplined harshly.
Compatibility with Kids
Good with quiet children. Should be good with other animals, but needs supervision around smaller animals like rabbits and rodents.
This breed's history is largely unknown. It is believed that Italian Greyhounds were crossed with Terriers and other Greyhounds. These dogs were bred in the mid-1800s in England for rabbit hunting and later used for racing.
This slender, hardy dog is very fast. If not leashed, it may be hard to catch. It needs a warm bed away from drafts. Loud noises may bother it. The breed comes in many colors and patterns.