A Whippet is very much like a Greyhound, but smaller. These dogs are elegant, fit, powerful, and fast. They are the fastest domesticated animals of their size, able to run up to 35 mph, and they are the fastest accelerating dogs in the world.
The Whippet is a fairly young breed, around a hundred years old, descended from Greyhounds, terriers, and Italian Greyhounds. They were originally used for vermin hunting and racing.
Whippets are quiet, smart, and dignified. Despite of their great speed and focus when running they’re usually couch potatoes indoors. They’re gentle and loving, and make great family dogs. They’re also healthy and often live between 12 and 15 years.
These dogs don’t bark much and they don’t make great guard dogs, but they can be very protective when it comes the family’s children. They’ve even been known to hide a child’s favorite toys when other kids come to visit.
If you like to be active with your dog, the Whippet will love any sport that allows them to run. They’re fantastic at lure coursing.
A Whippet is a fairly small dog, they generally weigh between 15 and 40 lbs, and do well with a medium PlexiDor dog door.