Choosing The Right Dog: Whippets
Important guides to consider
The whippet is a small dog with a very dedicated following of fans. He has achieved great popularity and justifiable so, he has a lot going for him!
He is an intelligent dog, very beautiful, gentle and easy to care for. He makes no big demands on his owners, and may be content to rest most of the day. He is a small sized dog standing 18.5 - 20 inches (47 - 51 cm) for males and 17.5 - 18.5 inches (44 - 47 cm) for females, and weighing in at roughly, 25 to 40 lb (11–18 kg).
Whippets come in a variety of markings and colours, and are very attractive animals to behold.
One dog and her Pup.
Temperament and Personality
Whippets tend to walk closely to their owners heel, never straying far away wether on a walk down a country lane, or a stroll to the local shops. He has a perticularly amicable temperament, and is well loved by all strata of owners.
He is known for being gentle and affectionate appearling to genuinly love people. He does not tend to nip meaning he is a good dog for families with small children. Though he is somewhat delicate, and too robust a play may damage his fragile legs or his sensitive mind.
Males and Females are equally easy to housebreak, and both are viewed as sensitive and friendly. Though the males may be regarded as more loyal, while the females are slightly more complex.
More information about Whippets is available here:
The Whippet is a small dog, a member of the Hound group. It is a Sight hound, chasing by direct sight rather than scent and is valued both as a working dog and as a companion.
- The Whippet Forum
The Whippet Forum is a friendly online community of whippet and lurcher lovers, sharing their knowledge and experiences in Working, Showing, Coursing , Racing and keeping them purely as pets. We welcome any dog lover to our site.
- The Whippet Club
The Whippet Club is the only breed club in Britain to cater for all working Whippet disciplines. Formed in 1899 The Whippet Club is the world's first Whippet breed club.
Breed Info box: Quick Check List
Temperament: Gentle and Affectionate
Whippets are generally very healthy dogs, and live on average 12-15 years. They are not prone to some of the health problems, other dogs face, such as ear infections, skin allergies, or digestive problems.
The heart of a Whippet is slow in beating, and can by arrythmic, which can be concerning for owners, and vets inexperienced with this breed. Interestingly enough, their heartbeat become snormal during exercise. The second most common cause of death in Whippets is cardiac problems, though it is not clear wether this is due to their abnormal heart rhythms.