The Whippet is a greyhound but in miniature, well groomed amongst the dogs, fully agile, able to twist and turn, rapid manoeuvrability, top speeds all such features augment its personality as a versatile companion. Demonstrative and absolute obedient is greatly accepted as an ideal pet by calm and quiet families. An excellent companion and play mate of children is very polite and gentle, equally sensitive, slightly fine structured this breed needs care in handling. Sensitive to cold weather, they need warm bedding, do not expect liveable outside, they are free of any dog odor.
This breed is small but sturdy built, a light variant of greyhound is styled with a busty, flowing outline, while lean physique and long legs, additionally lissome top-line and powerful hindquarters. Sometimes square or slightly rectangle-like, greater length than height build is powered with stretchable strong muscles contributing keen and alert expression. Free moving, easygoing gait is rather slow and alert.
Medium sized Whippet is descended from greyhounds probably during 18th century. Native Englishmen used them as hunter of small animals like rabbits. Further farmers loved the dog to put them in “snap dog" contests to bet on. Raciness further increased by crossing the breed with some sharp ratter terriers. With the invent of technology, snap-dog contest discontinued, however rag racing became favourite sport for this breed. Racing competitions are still alive but could not achieve the popularity as of greyhound race sports. This breed was officially recognized in 1888, but registered with English Kennel Club in 1891. For some time they were nick-named as “the poor man’s horse". After crossing with Italian greyhounds, their appearance was further refined. This elegant breed gained popularity with remarkable slow pace. Today the Whippet is one of the most popular Sight hounds with high appreciation as show dog, racer and lure courser besides warm family companion.
Whippets are warm family dogs with affordability to kids and other pets, they are eager to share family matters. This breed is quite economical as they do not require additional facilities to dine, sleep or play, they would share beds, utensils, toys with your children, you need not to invest for such separate arrangements.
Natural athlete and energetic, Whippet needs regular exercises. Accompany them in walks or during jogging, leashed hold and lead the dog letting them to follow you rather allowing free run. Playful activities like flying ball, fetching, lure coursing, rally etc are addition to normal activities. Hunter of rabbits by nature loves to run, chase and hunt small animals. Never leave off leash but in close-fenced yard to avoid possibilities of prey drive temptation.
They are also known as independent dogs, causing some difficulties in housebreak, puppy-hood temperaments could be overcome by proper and timely socialization. Most of the Whippets are proved obedient after committed and patience training. Introduction to dogs, other pets and with other society is somewhat helping and felt essential for house-train. The cat may be difficult to keep with this dog, accommodate cats separately rather change your dog selection. Do not allow your dog to develop fearful temperament.
Owner Should Know
Whippets can afford apartment living, just fulfill exercise requirements, accompany in running, jogging and walks, that is what this dog needs. Ignoring the requirements of exercises, you may have a destructive dog in return.
Puppies tend timid, fearful or shy, early socialization is necessary to avoid such temperaments.
They greet strangers, therefore are not suited for watchdogs.
Keep in fenced yard or at leash, chasing and hunting drive may tempt them for run out of the house miles away in search of its interests.
Whippets are graded as low shedders, brushing twice a week is considered for better grooming.
They are made for indoor, they do not go well in cold weathers, need of warm bedding is mandatory.
Although well with pets, some may pose threat to cats, try to socialize otherwise keep cats separate to maintain harmony at home.
Old children would be pleasing but young kids may tease them and may be punished for their irritation.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.