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Whippet Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Whippet so you can get to know the breed more.

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Other Names
What other names does the Whippet have? The dog breed also known as...
English Whippet, Snap Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group
Is Whippet recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is Whippet recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Short-haired Sighthounds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Whippet breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubCanadian Canine Registry
How much does the Whippet puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Whippet price:
If you choose to purchase the Whippet, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Whippet for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Whippet gets to a happy place.

Whippet History

The origin of the breed is surrounded by many stories and theories. For many years there have been arguments about whether the Whippets are two hundred years old or much older. For a long time, the most popular theory suggested that the breed actually dates back to ancient Rome and Egypt because they have found evidence in painting, statues, pottery, and artifacts that show the existence of a small type of Greyhound, with the Whippet’s rose-shaped ears. The British Museum actually possesses a painting, which is from the mid-14th century that represents a dog that looks just like the Whippet.

On the other hand, some people rely on another theory which suggests that the Whippet developed during the 18th century in Northern England probably by crossing Greyhounds with the long-legged Terriers. The Whippet was generally used to describe a small quick moving dog that was only recognized as a separate breed in the late 19th century by the Kennel Club. Furthermore, The Whippet Club was also formed in 1899.

The breed became extremely popular with the working class, coal miners, and tenant farmers, who spent their free time seeing whose dog could hunt more rabbits and rats or could perform better in games, which became known as “Snap-dog coursing”. A number of Whippets were placed in the same enclosure and the dog that snapped up the most rabbits was the winner, then the owner collected on the bets. Afterward, human societies worked very hard to get these contests outlawed and eventually were successful. However after this game was banned because of its cruelty, the Whippet became known as the ‘poor man’s racehorse’. As there was a need for entertainment for the working class, they figured that their dogs would eagerly chase a waving rag which became known as ‘rag racing’. This way many families earned extra money. Until the First World War, this sport was the most popular, even more, famous than greyhound racing.

Several authors mentioned this breed in their writings such as, F.C. Hignett who published his book, ‘New Book of the Dog’, and stated that “the Whippet existed as a separate breed long before dog shows were thought of, and at a time when records of pedigrees were not officially preserved”. Moreover, another author, Mr. Frederick Freeman Lloyd, actually wrote a book about the Whippet, called ‘The Whippet and Race Dog’ published in 1894 before the breed was even fully recognized.

Moreover, it is thought that the name Whippet may have its origins in the words “whip it”, which in English slang means to move quickly. However, its name’s origin is still unknown but people have tried to guess its meaning as it does not necessarily mean what it does today. For example, The Oxford Dictionary of English defines a Whippet in 1550 as “a lively young woman”. By 1610 the word became used for “a small breed of dog” and as late as 1841, the Whippet was described as “a dog betwixt a greyhound and a spaniel”.

Overall, the Whippet is an amazing athlete, covering 200 yards in 12 seconds, and they require outdoor time as they will be overactive inside the house if their exercise needs are not met.

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Whippet General Appearance

What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Whippet size:
How much does the Whippet weigh? Whippet weight:
25 - 45 pounds (11 - 21 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Whippet? Whippet average weight:
25 - 45 pounds (11 - 21 kg)
How tall is the Whippet? Whippet height:
Male: 18.5-20 inches (46-51 cm), Female: 17.5-19 inches (44-48 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Whippet average height:
Male: 19 inches (48.5 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm)

Whippet Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Whippet have? What does this canine coat look like?
FineShortClose in texture
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Whippet's coat?
CreamRedBlue FawnWhiteBlackAny colour or mixture of colours.
How to groom the Whippet and how often?
Effortless: The Whippet requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Whippet is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Whippet dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the English Whippet? Whippet shedding level:
Whippets are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.

Whippet Characteristics

What kind of personality does the Whippet have? What characteristics does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Whippet? Are they intelligent?
Average: Whippet's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Are Whippet dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Whippets are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful is this breed?
Whippets, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Whippet sensitivity:
Whippets don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Whippets are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the English Whippet need? Whippet social needs:
Whippets need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Do Whippet dogs bark a lot? Why does my Snap Dog bark?
Low: The Whippet barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Whippet good as a watchdog?
Whippets are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Do Whippet dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Whippets can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out from the duty of protection your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do Whippet bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the English Whippet? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Whippet? Why do dog bites happen?
The Whippet has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Whippet do?
Whippets have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Whippets need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Whippet to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Whippet roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Whippet is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Whippet have high prey drive?
Whippets have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Whippet dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Whippet good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Whippets are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Whippets adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Whippet dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Whippet Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Whippets are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Whippet dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Whippet and children:
Whippets are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Whippet dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Whippets are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Whippet good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Whippet dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Whippets are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Whippets good office dogs? Do Whippets make good office friendly dogs? Can Whippets be office dogs?
Whippet is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Whippet dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the English Whippet temperament with senior people? Are Whippet dogs good for elderly owners?
Whippets are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Whippet dogs get along with other pets? Are Whippet dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Whippets do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Whippet breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Whippets are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Whippet be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Whippet is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Whippet be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Whippet is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Whippet be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Whippet is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Whippet be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Whippet is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Whippet be a boat dog?
Not really
Whippet breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Whippet be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Whippet is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Whippet Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Whippet dogs have health problems?
The Whippet is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Whippet breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Whippet breed? Health risks of Whippet:
Addison's DiseaseArthritisDeafnessDrug SensitivityHeart MurmursHeart ProblemsHypothyroidismKidney IssuesVaccination SensitivityVon Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy
How long do Whippet dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Whippet be?
12-15 years
Is the Whippet breed hypoallergenic?
Whippets don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Whippet have?
Whippets are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Whippet dogs require per day?
Whippets have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Whippets don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Whippet need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Whippet risk for obesity:
Low. The Whippet has good luck with genetics. This breed doesn't need to worry about obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Whippet's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers warm weather
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Whippet has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Whippet drool?
The Whippet is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Whippet could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Whippet. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Whippet Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Whippet: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Whippet have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Whippet have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

Whippet Pros & Cons

  • Trainability: Whippets are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Whippets are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Whippet requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Whippets are low shedders.
  • Drooling tendency: The Whippet is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Whippet has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low.
  • Adaptability: Whippets adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Whippets are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Whippets are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Hypoallergenic: Whippets don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Mouthiness: Whippets have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Whippet is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Cat Friendly: Whippets are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Whippet is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Whippets are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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