Get to know the Whippet
All you need to know about the breed
Whippets are sleek and muscular dogs, often described as looking like Greyhounds, but smaller. As well as the go-faster silhouette, they also share their bigger counterpart’s gentle and affectionate nature. The resemblance is no coincidence: the Whippet breed was developed through cross-breeding between Greyhounds and other fast, long-legged breeds including terriers.
Whippets may be built for speed and activity but when at home, they go into energy saving mode, stretching out and lazing around calmly with their humans until it’s time to play again. They even adapt well to apartment living, provided their exercise needs are met. While Whippets are not known for their barking, they are sociable, family-orientated dogs and if left alone for extended periods they may protest through barking or chewing.
Once trained, Whippets should get on fine with children as well as other dogs (they enjoy playing, after all) but they were bred for hunting and their strong prey drive endures, so they are not suitable pets for households including cats or small animals such as hamsters or guinea pigs.
Anyone who has seen a Whippet run will also understand why that chasing instinct means that if they’re off the lead for exercise, it needs to be in a securely enclosed space. Given the chance they’ll doggedly – and speedily – follow a scent for miles. And we really do mean miles.
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From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Whippet
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