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Whippet Breed Fact Sheet

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Whippet Breed Information

Group 4: Hounds

Energy Level: Outside - high, inside - quiet

Original Function: racing, rabbit coursing

Temperament: Sensitive, Gentle, Adaptable

Characteristics: An ideal companion. Highly adaptable in domestic and sporting surroundings.

Recommended for: Most people/families

Be Aware: They have no Road Sense, care is needed near Roads

Lifespan: 112-15 years

Dogs 47-51 cm (18 -20 ins)

Bitches 44-47 cm (17-18ins)

Colour: Any colour or mixture of colours

Coat: Fine, short, close in texture

General Appearance: Medium sized, lean muscular athletic dog with an aerodynamically designed body. Eyes should never be lighter than coat colour, ears are either rose shaped or semi erect when alert. Long whip like tail.



The Whippet descends from the Greyhound and was used in the Northern England to hunt rabbits and hares. They were also known as Rag dogs, this coming from when the owners raced them they waved rags at the finish line in hope that it would encourage them to run faster.
They are a gentle and sensitive dog, and make docile and obedient pets. They are easily trained but owners must take great care not to break their spirit by being harsh or overbearing.

Grooming- easy coat to care for, a wipe over with a damp cloth will make the coat gleam. Keep nails clipped.

Exercise- pets should be given regular times to run off lead as well as long daily walks.

Health- This breed is very sensitive to the cold and may get sunburned in the warmer weather. Their fine bones can be easily broken.
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