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Whippet – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Small to Medium
Weight: 25 to 45 pounds
Height: 18 to 22 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a Whippet, Dog Breed Guide


The Whippet holds the distinction of being the world’s fastest domesticated animal that is the same size with this dog breed. This lean dog are speed demons that can reach a top speed of 35 miles per hour.

Official Name

Other names or nicknames for the Whippet dog are Snapdog or the Poorman’s Greyhound.


Date – Later part of the 19th Century
Country – Great Britain
Family / Group – Southern, Sight Hound. Hound

Recognized By:
Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Canadian Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


The speed demons of the dog universe, the Whippet which is pronounced as WIH-puht is a breed that was developed more than a century ago. The British pioneered their development to produce a rat hunting dog used by the working class. The breed’s impressive quickness on being a ratter led them to be racing dogs. Since the latter part of the 19th century, these dogs are being bred as prized racing dogs! They are even faster than the Greyhounds which is one of their progenitors. Other breeds crossed with the Greyhounds are various terriers as well as some lines of the Italian Greyhound breed. Dog experts also believed that the Pharaoh Hound is also one of the Whippet’s progenitors.


The Whippet will like and get along with everyone. These are dogs that are amiable and will display friendliness towards family, friends, children and other dogs. They have a solid hunting background. Whippets have a high prey drive and have a high tendency to roam about. All in all, this lean and pretty fast dog breed is highly intelligent and can be intense when out in the field.

Bred For

Whippets were developed to be ratters as well as racing dogs and as companions.


The Whippet dog breed is one of the most adaptable breeds that will do good in rural, suburban and highly urbanized areas. They can be good apartment pets as long as their owners provide them with sufficient exercise.


Whippets are very easy to groom and require little time to do so. These are dogs that shed hair in average amounts. These dogs are also a breed that does not emit odor.


Whippets can be well trained and will learn lessons quickly if they are trained positively. These are very sensitive dogs and should not be trained in a harsh manner.


The Whippet dog breed is generally healthy. They are sight hounds that are known to acquire eye problems as they mature.


Exercise is a big part of any Whippet dog. They should be taken on walks every day. These dogs should also have ample time to run.