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A whippet is a medium sized dog with a friendly mind. It requires a lot of exercise and thrives when running free. Unfortunately, the breed has a tendency of running far away, which complicates letting it off the leash. Originally, the Whippet derives from England where it was used for dog races.

Character and behaviour
Whippet is a sweet and loyal family dog that is good with children in all ages. However, it is important that the children do not tease the dog or play too roughly with it. The whippet is an intelligent breed that requires a lot of variation in training sessions. Too many repetitions result in the whippet loosing interest and acting reluctant.

In addition, the whippet is an excellent guard dog. It may be reserved towards strangers. The whippet can easily live with other whippets and dogs. If it has to live with a cat it needs to be accustomed while it is still a puppy. In case it sees a cat running it will undoubtedly chase and possibly kill it. Due to its magnificent vision the whippet pick up every movement and pursuits if possible.

History of the breed
The whippet is an English breed that originally was used for chasing and killing rabbits in competitions. It was the poor population that developed the whippet by crossing the popular greyhound with local terriers. In that way a fast and small breed was developed. Later it was crossed with the Italian greyhound thus creating the whippet we know today. When the rabbit killings became prohibited the breed was used in dog races. Besides, a whippet is a perfect pet dog and hunting dog.

Appearance, grooming and health
A whippet is characterised by its somewhat delicate appearance. The head is small and the muzzle pointed. The nose is dark. The oval eyes are also dark. The rose ears are small and thin. The back is broad and the lower back is slightly arched. The front legs are straight and the hind legs are sturdy. The tail is long and curvy at the end.

The whippet is 18-22 inches tall and weighs 24-46 pounds.

The whippet only has a single layered coat that is fine, smooth, and short. Requires minimal grooming. The whippet may be inclined to suffer from stomach problems and skin problems. Life expectancy is 12-15 years.

What you should know about the breed:

  • A loving and friendly dog.
  • Loyal and intelligent breed.
  • Good with children.
  • Requires a lot of exercise.
  • Should not run off the leash.
  • Will chase running cats and other small animals.
  • Suitable for apartment living as long as its gets plenty of exercise.
  • May reserved towards strangers.

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