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Recently a guest of
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has a current practice which teaches nearly
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dogs to love and obey their owners and bond
deeply with them - while guiding owners to truly
appreciate the wonderful gift of friendship
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Whippet: Origin, Personality, Training
Group: AKC Hound, KCGB Hound
Also Known As: Snap-dog “Poor
man’s race horse”
Country of Origin, History of the breed
Origin and History
of the Breed
Whippets were created in
England in the 19th century, from the descendants
of hounds brought at the time of the Roman
invasions, about 55 B.C.
It was developed for track
racing, and catching rabbits - at which it
really excels. Its name comes from the expression
‘whip it’ which means to move
quickly as if being whipped. It can reach
speeds of up to 37 miles per hour in seconds.
"The poor man's race horse,"
was taken to the United Stated by the English mill
operators who enjoyed betting on it. Massachusetts,
home to many mills, was also the center of Whippet
racing in the US. Later the sport moved south to
Maryland, particularly Baltimore.
Whippets are well-suited for hunting,
sighting, lure coursing, racing, and agility.
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A General Appearance of
Whippet is a very slim, lithe,
coursing hound that is quite strong and muscular
for its small size. The Whippet has a triangular-shaped
head with medium ears that can stand erect when
listening, and then fold compactly beside the head
in what is known as a “rose” shape at
other times. Large, round eyes are part of their
overall expression and the breed is known to squint
their eyes when communicating with their owner.
Whippets are can be slow and statuesque
at one moment, and quick and agile the next. Whippet
might be considered a small pet if not for their
pronounced muscle mass with regards to their small
The Whippet has quite a variety
of coat colors and designs. Their coats can be solid,
brindled or tigered. Solid backgrounds of white,
slate, sable, fawn and black can also have spots
of another solid color.
The coat of Whippet is short,
compact and smooth but not particularly dense which
makes the use of coats or sweaters necessary in
all but the warmest temperatures. Some Whippets
like to wear a sweater in the house as well.
Males 19 - 22”
Females 18 - 21”
Males 30 - 45Lbs
Females 25 - 35Lbs.
Temperament of the Dog
Whippets are generally quiet and
gentle dogs in the house, content to spend much
of the day sleeping on the couch. They are not generally
aggressive with other animals but because of their
prey drive, cannot be trusted with small pets such
as hamsters, rabbits, etc. especially outdoors.
Cats in particular give Whippet cause for confusion
and while they may be fine with the family cat indoors,
will probably chase it outside as if it were prey.
It is not recommended to mix the two.
A Whippet can be aloof to strangers
initially but warm up soon to most people. They
may or may not bark when strangers arrive, and are
not suited to being guard dogs due to their trusting
and unsuspicious nature. Highly intelligent, affectionate
and dignified, the Whippet is an easy breed for
most people since they are lightweight and very
adaptable to change in environment.
The Whippet trains easily but
gets bored quickly, so needs variety. Various games
and periods of running alternated with obedience
or agility training help. They are very sensitive
to a harsh voice and cannot stand to be threatened
or hit. They may never be perfect in obedience as
they are very independent.
Outside, particularly when they
are racing or lure coursing, they demonstrate their
superb athletic skills and will pursue their "quarry"
(even when it is an artificial lure) with the heart
of a lion. To see these dogs in full stride is breathtaking!
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
A balanced combination of both
indoor and outdoor life is what Whippet is most
happy with. Because of their size, they make great
apartment pets as their needs indoors are few and
they are very quiet indoors. But exercise and opportunity
to run in a safe and free environment is also necessary
for the breeds’ health. A fenced yard will
serve as a safe space for the breed to exercise
if you have one but be sure to walk your Whippet
on lead to socialize him and to enforce restraint
Are they suited to homes
The Whippet is especially good
for families with children. Their size makes them
a fine playmate for even smaller children and their
easy care leaves no room for excuses when it comes
to bathing or brushing!
Children find this breed particularly
appealing because of the Whippet’s affectionate
personality and endearing need to cuddle for warmth.
They are not prone to snapping,
so they are good even with young children.
How Active is the Breed?
The Whippet is one of the fastest
domesticated animals known and can reach speeds
of 35 miles per hour when coursing or chasing prey.
Once this degree of activity has been satisfied,
they become docile and sedate pets in the home.
This lifestyle, with bursts of exercise followed
by rest, needs to be repeated on a regular basis
to keep a Whippet happy and healthy. This breed
thrives on the two extremes.
How Much Exercise Does
the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?
Since Whippets are sight hounds,
they never seem to lose the need to chase and therefore
are an active breed their entire lives. Puppies
must be on lead early to acquaint them with restraint
and to ensure their safety. Puppies also enjoy stuffed
toys for play and will toss and shake them about
for exercise. Older dogs will need frequent walks
on lead or playtimes in enclosed spaces to keep
them satisfied. Whippets make great pets for serious
walkers but may have difficulty keeping up with
a jogger for more than a short time.
The Whippet’s smooth, fine,
short-haired coat is easy to groom. A regular rub
all over with a damp chamois will keep the coat
gleaming. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and bathe
only when necessary. The coat of the Whippet is
virtually free of "doggie odor." This
breed is an average shedder.
The breed is prone to stomach
upset and skin problems. Bloat and Torsion are two
situations that the Whippet is prone to but can
be avoided by offering small meals twice a day and
limiting activity immediately after feeding. This
breed is sensitive to the cold. Wearing a coat is
required outside in the winter in climates that
deem it necessary. A sweater indoors is sometimes
needed unless dense bedding is offered for this
pet to snuggle in.
Breeding the Dog and any
A Whippet is fairly easy to breed
and exhibits few difficulties in whelping. Speak
with your pet’s breeder to ensure a proper
mate for your pet is selected to ensure a healthy
Litter Size: Whippet
litters can range from 3-8 puppies, 4-5 being the
Life Span: 12-15
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National Breed Clubs
British – Whippet Club – www.thewhippetclub.com
US – American Whippet Club - www.americanwhippetclub.net
Other Recognition: CKC,
FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, CCR,
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