At A Glance

Size: Small

Weight: 20 - 40 lbs.

Height: 19" - 22"

Life Span: 14 - 16 years


Also know as: No Nicknames.

Group: Hound

Origin: Great Britain

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Racing, Chasing Events

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Mange; digestive tract problems; undescended testicles

Special Needs
Exercise: 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.

Grooming: 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.


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