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Whippet


General Information - Whippet


Group:
Hound

Size:
Medium

Lifespan:
12-15 years

Exercise:
Medium

Grooming:
Very low

Trainability:
Medium

Watchdog Ability:
High

Protection Ability:
Very low

Area of Origin:
England

Date of Origin:
1700s

Other Names:
None

Original Function:
Racing, rabbit coursing



History

The Whippet as we know it today was developed in Britain. However, what is less certain is the Whippet's ancestry. Some feel the breed was a mix between the Italian Greyhound and the Terrier, while others firmly believe the breed is related to the ancient Pharaoh Hound found in England since 55 BC and that it descends from selective breeding of small Greyhounds. The Whippet, however, has most likely existed since the fourteenth century and was often depicted in works of art, sculptures and paintings. The Whippet made its way to New England in North America when textile mill workers from Northern England brought the breed and the sport of racing with them in the early 1900s. Since that time, the Whippet's endearing personality has made it a favourite family pet, one that adapts well to city or country living. It loves human companionship and a good run every now and then.

Temperament

Intelligent and laid back, Whippets are calm indoors and considerably sweet and docile. Whippets are independent and can never be fully trained. They require gentle training as they are sensitive both mentally and physically. Whippets will thrive when training involves games with running. Whippets have been known to chase down and kill cats, but will be okay with a cat that they have grown up with in the house or if the cat is dominant.

Upkeep

The Whippet can make a good apartment dog if it is taken for a long walk or run daily. Grooming is minimal. The Whippet must have a warm, soft bed. It dislikes cold weather intensely and cannot be expected to live outside. The Whippet can play and run in snow and cold weather but should spend inactive times in warmer temperatures. The hair is extremely short and fine, and the Whippet is virtually free of doggy odor.