Breed Organization American Whippet Club Website:
http://www.americanwhippetclub.net Native Country Great Britain Other Names Whippet, Snapdog Life Expectancy Approximately 12-15 Years Litter Size Average 4-8 Puppies Breed Group AKC Hound
Breed Appearance Whippets were originally greyhounds that were
deemed unsuitable for hunting because of their size. They were
returned to their peasant breeders after being maimed so that they
could not be used to hunt and break the Forest law. These maimed
dogs were bred together and used to catch rats, and hunt rabbits.
When the Forest law was repealed, these "miniature greyhounds"
became popular in the sport of dog racing. This has led to Whippets
being described as "the poor man's racehorse." They are still
frequently used as racing dogs today, as they have the highest
running speed of breeds their weight: 35 miles per hour (56 km/h).
Whippets also participate in dog sports such as lure coursing,
agility, and flyball.
Breed Description Head: Long, thin. Long, flat skull.
Slight stop. Powerful jaws. Nose matches coat color. Ears: Small, thin, rose-shaped. Eyes: Oval, shiny. Body: Square build. Neck long, muscular, delicately arching.
Very high chest. Well-sprung ribs. Strong hindquarters. Tuck-up.
Well-arched loin. Broad, fairly long back. Tail: Long, tapering, carried below the topline. Hair: Short, fine, and dense. Coat: Any color or combination of colors. Size: Dog: 47 to 51 cm.Bitch: 44 to 47 cm. Weight: Approx. 10 kg.
History The Whippet was developed in northern England
about a century ago to replace the Fox Terrier in hunting hare. He
is believed to be the product of crosses between various terriers
(Fox, Bedlington), the Italian Greyhound, and the Greyhound. He was
used in competitions staged by miners. This miniature Greyhound’s
name is derived from "whip up" or "whip it". The breed was
recognized in England in 1902 and became quite common in other
countries. The Whippet was recognized by AKC in 1888 and by the
English Kennel Club in 1891.
Behavior The tough, hardy Whippet was used on hare. One
of the world's swiftest sighthounds, he is very fast for his weight
and is more adept than the Greyhound. He truly shines in races and
lure coursing events. Very affectionate and intelligent, gentle with
children, calm, and quiet, the Whippet makes a wonderful pet. He is
not a watchdog. His training must not be harsh.
Health Whippets course, work, and race; they have been
bred for these jobs for years. This has kept them a structurally
sound breed which is predominantly free from the physical
exaggerations that can lead to certain health problems. Whippets
are, like other sighthounds, intolerant of barbiturate anaesthetics.
This is in part due to their low concentration of body fat and their
liver's inability to metabolise the anaesthetics. The heart of a
Whippet is large and slow beating, often being arrhythmic or even
intermittent when the animal is at rest. This sometimes causes
concern to the owner, or to the vet not experienced with the breed.
Whippets will, however, demonstrate a regular heartbeat during
Advice He can adapt to the city but needs lots of
exercise for his well-being. He does not like being left alone and
cannot tolerate the cold. He is very clean and needs brushing once
or twice a week.
Function Hunting Dog (Ratter), Racing Dog, Agility and
Lure Cursing, Pet.