Whippets are sighthounds originally bred for chasing game and for racing. They are
capable of tremendous bursts of speed. Their natural diet would have consisted of
small rodents and other animals combined with scraps.
The amount and type of food will depend on the individual dog. A complete and balanced
diet is recommended to include poultry and natural meat and bones.
Whippets are loving and affectionate in a family environment. They are a quiet dog
spending much of their time resting and napping. They are loyal to their owners and
friendly to visitors.
The whippet enjoys nothing better than stretching its legs in a wide open field and
will chase almost anything in this environment.
The Whippet is a lean and well-balanced composition of power and grace. Their slight
muscular frame belies an inner strength as they were bred for working duties. The
UK Kennel Club standards ideal height is 44-51 cms for a male and female. Weight
from 11-20 kgs.
The Whippet coat is fine, short and close in texture. Their tail is long and tapering
with no feathering.
Whippets have a long snout and sleek chest and shoulders designed for speed and endurance.
Whippets were bred in Britain to hunt by sight. There are many references to whippet
and greyhound like dogs dating back to Roman times. Traditionally used in hare coursing,
whippet racing was also a national sport in England in the 19th Century.
The breed was given official recognition by the UK Kennel Club in 1890 and two years
earlier by the American Kennel Club.
Whippet Known Disorders
Whippets are one of the healthier breeds of dog with no known hereditary disorders.