Breed Details


Exercise Requirements:

Grooming Requirements:


11-21 kg (approx)

Life Span:

12-15 years (approx)


The Whippet is a medium-sized sighthound that looks similar to his cousin the Greyhound. The short, smooth coat comes in all colours including brindle, black, red, fawn, tigered white, or slate blue, either solid-coloured or mixed.


The Whippet was developed at the end of the 19th century through crossing among the Greyhound, the Italian Greyhound, and another terrier-type dog. Its name derives from the expression "whip it" meaning to move quickly. The Whippet is an outstanding track racer over short distances reaching speeds of up to 37 miles per hour (60km per hour) reaching those speeds in seconds! Coursing these dogs was an entertaining form of gambling for the lower classes in England and was nicknamed "the poor man's racehorse". Some of the Whippet's talents include hunting, sighting, watchdog, racing, agility, and lure coursing.


The Whippet is intelligent, lively, affectionate, sweet, and docile. This very devoted companion is quiet and calm in the home. The Whippet should never be roughly trained, for they are extremely sensitive both physically and mentally. Be sure to introduce plenty of variety when training them. The best results will be achieved by including games and running. They are good with children of all ages as long as the children do not roughhouse or tease the dog. Whippets are clean, virtually odour free, easy to care for, and easy to travel with. They are good watchdogs and may be reserved with strangers.


The Whippet's smooth, fine, short-haired coat is easy to groom. A regular rub all over with a damp chamois will keep the coat gleaming. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and bathe only when necessary. The coat of the Whippet is virtually free of "doggie odour." This breed is an average shedder.

The Whippet kept as a pet should have regular opportunities to run free on open ground (in a safe area) as well as a brisk daily walk on a leash. This breed is sensitive to the cold. Wearing a coat is advised in the winter. They will do okay in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised.