Whippet

Growth Size

Whippets grow to a height of 45 – 55cm, and a weight of 10 – 20kg.

Lifespan

12 – 15 years.

Temperament

Whippets are a quiet, gentle breed that make beautiful pets. They enjoy spending time alone with their owners and are adaptable to all types of people. Whippets love to curl up in a warm place or hide under blankets. Given the opportunity, whippets are able to run long distances.

Training Difficulty

Whippets are very intelligent and respond well to training. Closely related to Greyhounds, training is definitely required for this breed as they can run very extremely fast.

Recommended Owners

A Whippet is suited to most home environments. They can do well with families, couples, or even retirees. An excellent companion and highly recommended dog for kids under 10.

Origin

Whippets were bred by crossing the Greyhound and Italian Greyhound. Due to the speeds this breed can reach, gambling on Whippet races became a popular sport for lower classes in England. This earned the dog the nickname 'the poor man's racehorse'.

Diet

Two cups of a high quality dry food per day for adult dogs, spread across two meals. Half of this can be substituted for wet food.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

Whippets do not require a lot of grooming, however they should be treated to a weekly groom, as this acts as a treat and is an enjoyable bonding exercise between you and your pet.

Comments

One of the fastest dog breeds, Whippets can reach a speed of up to 60km per hour! To put that into perspective, the fastest human speed on record is just under 45km per hour.