The Whippet Dog Breed – Height, Weight, Color, History and Description

12 Dec, 2017

The Whippet belongs to a breed of dogs known as  sighthounds, and are of medium size. The dog is 19-20 inches in height, and the females' height is 18-21 inches.

Their weight is 25-45 pounds this breed looks similar to their cousin, the greyhound due to their ancestry from earlier breeds of greyhounds. 

The Whippet has a long skull, which is lean and has a very wide gap between the ears. The muzzle is long and tapers to the nose.

The nose is dark brown, black or dark blue. The teeth meet in a scissor bite. This dog has small ears that rose shape. Their ears are held back and folded, except when the dog is excited, where they are semi-perked.

The Whippet has oval shaped eyes was a dark in color. They have straight front legs with feet that are thick and can be either cat like or hare like. This breed has a deep chest.

A long tail which has a slight lift at the end is held low. This breed has a short coat that is smooth and all colors are accepted. The Whippet lives to about 15 years.

As sighthound dogs, whippets have an instinctual prey drive for small animals, which was originally what they were bred for - to hunt small animals (i.e. rabbits)

Slim and muscular, Whippets are excellent sprinters.

Thanks to their high intelligence, whippets are also dogs that can be easily trained to do tasks and tricks, tho in general they're also rightly lazy and would prefer to spend the time curled up on your lap instead.

Despite their speed and natural agility, they don't make good guard dogs, unlike Shiba Inus. In general, Whippets are content being quiet and relaxed at home instead.

They however do have a tendency to climb up furniture, as well as being overly sensitive to touch (i.e if you touch them they can have a large reaction)

HISTORY

The Whippet came into being by crossing the Italian Greyhound, the Greyhound, and an unknown Terrier type breed. This was in the 19th century. 

The name means to move quickly "whip it" and, as its name suggests, it is a very fast dog reaching speeds of up to 37 mph. This dog has a history in racing, often being called the poor mans race horse.

In the UK, there were racing tracks in near every city where the poor man would go to watch the Whippet race and place bets on who will win.

Due to the fact, this is a sight hound the dogs would race chasing a "rabbit" that was not a real rabbit but a mechanical rabbit, that is on the edge of the track, going faster than the sighthound dogs.

This sport was popular until the mid 1980's when it lost popularity. The Whippet was first recognized by the AKC in 1888 and the English Kennel Club in 1891.

This dog has been used for hunting, as a watchdog, sighting, racing, agility, and lure coursing.