Whippet Breed Origins and Caracteristics

The Whippet was raised in the north of England as a very fast greyhound, destined to dog races. Later, it was used for "coursing" (races after hares): two Whippets faced in the track and the style and speed of the participants were evaluated. When this sport was forbidden, in 1911, the Whippets ran on a track behind bait. The first race behind bait (Rag racing) took place in 1876. Nowadays, the Whippets chased most of the times a mechanical hare and took off from boxes (Park coursing). In the selective breeding, there is still today a slight lack of homogeneity in this type, because the Whippet was not created until 1835-1855 and several breeds participated in its creation. Among them, we find undoubtedly the Greyhound but also the Italian greyhound and some terriers. Thanks to the crossing, the Whippet reaches better marks in short distances.

The Whippet is not only a race dog. It is one of the best companions for an apartment, with the condition that it has to exercise enough. It has a peculiar character; it avoids with prudence the water puddles, the mud and other dirt when it goes for a walk. It is loyal, obedient and it is always of good mood. It likes the sun and heat that is why it is considered fragile. It is a very robust dog but it should be protected from the cold and humidity.

Size: 42-50 cm, ideally 47 cm for the male and 44.5 for the female. Weight: 7-10 kg. All the colors are accepted, one-color or in combination. The Whippet has outer ears which are a characteristic mark; they have the shape of a rose (2).

The hair is fine, short and as fallen as possible (1). There is still a variety of hard-haired, straight-haired and dense lower layer dog that is not much appreciated. In 1937, a breeder of greyhounds, Walter A. Wheeler started breeding long-haired Whippets with a similar coat to that of the Barzoï. This type is a little irregular; these dogs have a more convex back. They were exhibited for the first time in 1981.

Dog Breeds Descriptions by Breed Neapolitan Mastiff Tibetan Mastiff Mastiff German Shepherd Groendaell or Belgian Shepherd Collie Shetland Shepherd, Shetland or Sheltie Bobtail Pembroke Welsh Corgi Briard or Brie shepherd Pumi Affenpinscher or Monkey Pinscher Doberman Miniature Pinscher Schnauzer Boxer Bulldog Bullmastiff German Mastiff or Great Dane Bordeaux Mastiff Mastiff or English Mastiff Neapolitan Mastiff Rottweiler Hovawart Leonberger Pyrenean Mastiff Newfoundland Saint Bernard Great Swiss Mountain Dog Airedale Terrier Bedlington Border Terrier Fox Terrier Irish Terrier Jagdterrier or German Terrier Lakeland Terrier Manchester Terrier Welsh Terrier Dandie Dinmont Terrier Norwich Terrier Scottish Terrier Sealyham Terrier Skye Terrier West Highland White Terrier Boston Terrier Bull Terrier Yorkshire Terrier Kerry Blue Terrier Teckel Siberian Husky Alaskan Malamute Spitz Chow-Chow Basenji St. Hubert Hound or Bloodhound Foxhound Beagle Basset Hound Bavarian Red Dog German Short-Haired Pointer Stichelhaar, Pudelpointer and Spinone Weimar Pointer Hungarian Pointer or Viszla Large Munsterlander Brittany Spaniel Pointer English Setter Gordon Setter Labrador Retriever Golden Retriever Wachtelhund American Cocker Rhodesian Ridgeback Cocker Clumber Spaniel Springer Spaniel Irish Water Spaniel Maltese Caniche or Poodle Belgian Griffon Hairless Dogs Lhassa Apso Shih Tsu Chihuahua Dalmatian King Charles Knight King Charles Spaniel Chin or Japanese Spaniel The Pekinese Spaniel French Bulldog Pug Barzoï Whippet