Whippets are notoriously easy to please, having a coat that requires minimal care and also not being fussy or big eaters. Happily, this medium sized dog is also pleasant company, being a gentle and quiet housemate. The highly intelligent Whippet is also an easily trained dog, making this dog breed a suitable choice for a show dog, or the first time dog owner. Because of the Whippet's short and fine coat, it is not a dog that is suitable for an owner who wishes to keep their pup outdoors. Not only does their coat require protection from cold weather, the Whippet is best suited to the indoors and companionship with it's owner and family. Whippets are gentle dogs that make good family pets, and play well with small children. While they are not a guard dog, Whippets will bark at visitors or strangers approaching their family. As their ancestry suggests, Whippets do require daily exercise.
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18 to 22 inches (45.7 to 55.9 cm)
27 to 30 pounds (12.3 to 13.7 kgs)
12 to 15 years
Britain. Known as the "poor man's racehorse", Whippets were first bred by miners in north England as a racing dog. In some parts of England Whippet racing is still popular.
Energy Level:The Whippet is tireless and exuberant.
Exercise Needs:The Whippet needs a long daily walk or run of at least an hour.
Training Compatability:The Whippet is very easy to train. Very intelligent breed.
Whippets can come in any color combination. The AKC describes color as being “immaterial”.
The Whippet is:
- Distrustful of strangers
Grooming:Your Whippet will require no or only simple grooming.
Coat Length:The Whippet has a short coat.
Shedding:The Whippet is a seasonal shedder
As a seasonal shedder, Whippets are not an appropriate dog for people who suffer from allergies.
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Because the Whippet only grows a light coat, this dog is better kennelled indoors, particularly in winter or colder climates. Whippets have been known to be sensitive anesthetic.
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