The Whippet


A Whippet is a dog breed that is part of the sight hound family, although they often are mistaken for greyhounds. They are very streamline and have a ground covering gait. They are playful and friendly, and have grown in popularity over the years. Whippets can range from about 25 to 40 pounds and have a wide variety of colors and patterns. Height 18" to 22",  females the lesser size in most dogs. Unlike dogs such as German Shepherds, their markings are not significant to the breed, so their looks will vary. Generally they will be friendly to visitors. They not very fond of cats that come onto their territory unless the cat is already a member of the family.

Whippets are very gentle dogs with a good nature. They are friendly with children and most visitors, and often pose little problems. They are easily adaptable as both indoor and outdoor dogs depending on climate. In the past, these dogs have been bred for racing, and some people still race them today. They are very athletic dogs and enjoy catching and retrieving balls, and Frisbees. Overall, Whippets make excellent family dogs and are a good choice for active families.

The origin of Whippets is not known for sure, but there have been paintings showing very similar dogs as far back as ancient Rome. The English originally bred them to hunt small game, and were known as Snap dogs. Soon their popularity took off as a racing dog. Many believe the dogs come from the nation of France. In 1888, the dogs were recognized in America by the American Kennel Club, and they have become a much more well-known breed in the 20th century. Today, these dogs are a beloved  breed that are owned by animal lovers all over the world.

Most Whippets live anywhere from twelve to fifteen years old. Some dogs may experience eye problems later in life, but overall the breed is not prone to other problems such as digestive or bone issues. Ensuring that the Whippet gets enough room to play and run is very important, since exercise is in its nature.. Whippets are much like any other breed in terms of basic care such as food, water, and shelter needs.

Whippets are a very intelligent and easily trained breed. They love the company of other Whippets when possible. Many owners have found it satisfying to have several Whippets join their family instead of just one. They tend to be a quiet breed except when they are out playing with each other or another friend and then they will play bark. They can be good watch dogs and alert of an intruder when necessary.  Whippets also excel in various performance activities such as agility, fly ball and lure coursing.. These can be fun activities for a family to enjoy.







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