AKC PuppyFinder: Whippet Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Calm, affectionate, and playful
- Energy Level: Somewhat Active; This breed has spurts of energetic moments followed by a lazy afternoon
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Good with other Dogs: Yes
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Responds Well
- Height: 19-22 inches (male), 18-21 inches (female)
- Weight: 25-40 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
- Barking Level: Quiet
- Breed Description
The Whippet, like the Greyhound, is an elegant, slender dog. While not quite as fast as the speed of light, the breed is the fastest domesticated animal in its weight class, reaching up to 35 mph. With a racing background, the whippet excels at dog sports like lure coursing. In motion, he's powerful and graceful. At rest, he is the very definition of couch potato, happy to relax with his people. In fact, Whippet puppies grow up to be excellent housemates. With regular exercise, they're calm and quiet in the house, happy just to spend time with their family.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1888
Breed History & Job Description: Relatively speaking, Whippets are “newbies” on the dog-breed scene—they’ve been around for only about 100 years. A mix between Greyhounds, terriers, and Italian Greyhounds, Whippets hail from England, where they were used for vermin hunting and racing by the working classes. Mill workers brought the breed to north-central Massachusetts, where they gained popularity.
The Whippet is generally a healthy breed with a robust constitution. Like any dog, special attention needs to be paid to certain conditions which can develop over the lifetime of the Whippet. The Whippet frame is not well suited to carrying excessive weight. While young Whippets may appear gangly and have difficulty keeping their ribs covered when they are in their period of rapid growth, a mature adult should not appear ribby, but should have 2-4 visible vertebrae and the hipbones should not appear sunk into dimples of fat. A Whippet at a healthy weight will likely appear “skinny” to those accustomed to heavier-bodied, less fleet breeds, but maintaining your Whippet at the correct weight through lifelong portion control will extend its life and avoid many of the orthopedic problems that are both painful, and expensive, to repair.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- BAER Testing
- Cardiac Exam
- Breed Club