WHIPPET DOG

Faster than the hare, be it mechanical or not, the Whippet was designed for racing, although nowadays it is a company dog, athletic and elegant show dog. 
Elegant and slim, the Whippet is a great speed and potency runner, whose impression should combine its athletic potency and skill as well as with an elegant external, pure breed greyhound outline. The Whippet should ne 48 to 56 cm; the female between 46 and 53 cm. 4 cm difference in more or less disqualifies. The skull is long and clean, quite wide between the ears; the eyes are large and dark, not light or yellowish, never blue or with a white iris; ears small, fine, rose shaped; muzzle long and powerful, not coarse; black nose. The neck is long and clean, with no dewlap; the back wide and firm; the chest very deep; tail long and ending in a tip, carried low with a somewhat ascending curve, not taller than the backline. The dog should have a free and fluid movement with the back straight, and forelegs straight, strong carpus, elbows in a straight line under the withers, and well formed feet. The hindquarters are long and powerful, with good angulations; hocks low, never cow like or open. The hair is short, soft and smooth, with a firm texture. Long hair is not admitted in the Whippet. There is a large range of colors, solid and color combinations, including black, white, fawn, blue, grey, brindle, red and others.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR
The Whippet is extremely clean and calm, and at the same time a vigorous athlete and footing partner outdoors. The Whippet will be delighted in the company of children, since it is tolerant and patient. In a colder weather, the Whippet will need a jersey, since its smooth coat doesn’t give it too much protection for the cold. The Whippet is reserved, but cannot be called shy. It has long limbs, and is prone to injury. Most owners have more than one Whippet, which only confirms its great attractive and fabulous character.
 
DEVELOPMENT             
At birth, the Whippet weighs between 225 and 340 g. Growth is quick, and after eight weeks the puppy should weigh about 4 kg. The color varies a lot in the breed, and the subject of color heritage is broad. It is enough to say that color lightens with age, while pigmentation darkens. The nose and eyelid pigmentation in very light specimens can need a year to darken completely. The brindle is very evident at birth, and lightens with age. The maximum height is already reached after six months, white maturity needs up to 18 months. The Whippet puppy is extremely childish, and the future owner should avoid fragile or weak puppies. The young Whippet should be lively, attentive and fearless. In adolescence it grows in sprouts and needs a high protein diet and plenty of exercise. The ears can rise during dentition. Breeders observe that it is easy to teach it to be clean at home, but loves to gnaw.
Although most Whippets would prefer to be hunting the wind (or the neighbor’s cat), it is the ideal companion inside the home and adapts to many lifestyles. 

HEALTH
The eight week puppy should not be fragile or fearful. It is ideal for it to be lively and happy, attentive to people, and pending of its surroundings. 
The Whippet comes in almost every color. The puppy’s pigmentation can take up to a year to complete. 
The well bred and well cared Whippet, as a rule, will not have health problems. However, requirements as far as diet and exercise are considerable. The Whippet should always be kept slim, with a high protein diet, and exercising daily. Of course, the owner is recommended to follow a diet prescribed by the breeder/veterinarian as well as a physical condition maintenance program. Diarrheas are common in specimens with an inappropriate diet. Hair care is simple, although its fine coat and delicate skin require softness. Cuts are frequent, and breeders warn that it is very probable that it may require stitching sometime.
Mange is particularly common in white, pink skinned specimens and mutant color dermatitis affects blue Whippets. In addition, it has been proven that the Whippet is very sensitive to overly concentrated flea baths and other medication. Of course, the largest concern in the breed is chriptorchidism and monorchidism, which are frequent. Longevity is between 12 and 13, sometimes 16.
Whippet puppies are sensitive creatures: too frail for children, need soft handling. Puppies are accident prone, and require close supervision.