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Choosing The Right Dog: Whippets

Updated on February 5, 2009

The Whippet

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.

Mother and baby.
Mother and baby.

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.


Breed Info box: Quick Check List

Size: Small.

Grooming: Easy

Exercise: Average

Feeding: Undemanding

Temperament: Gentle and Affectionate


Sleeping in a position typical of sighthounds.
Sleeping in a position typical of sighthounds.


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.


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      Sue 6 years ago

      I have a whippett bitch an she so out of control she is 8 months old my last whippet had 2 be put down at six years old after many hundreds of pounds on vets fees they could not give me an answer as to what was wrong with her she was such a loving dog can not understand why this one is so aggressive as ii know this is not in there nature any comments would help

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      katriana 8 years ago

      my dad is getting a whippet and they seem very calm and friendley dogs

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      Cristian 8 years ago

      I've come across one a couple of months ago, abandoned I guess. I used to be more into bigger dogs, but I just am amased by this little guys character and wonder how to make best of his intelligence. I still need to seek a way to give him some properr trainingg, as me on bike is way too slow, and there is traffic around. this is somewhat frustrating for him. traffic awareness seems to be a downside, as is some stubborness, on occasion. Mine is rather finnecky with food, but in good shape. I guestimate im at around 8-9 months, 49cm shoulder. Needs a bit more meat on the chest, I suppose. Maybe not. Any suggestions.

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      Sufidreamer 9 years ago from Sparti, Greece

      I do miss the days when every self-respecting Lancastrian had a whippet - lovely dogs!

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      riotgrrrl 9 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      they are aren't they?! I really want one myself,.

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      Reynolds_Writing 9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I think whippets are awesome dogs. Friendly, cute, energetic!