The Whippet (also named the “Snapdog” for their early use in rabbit catching competitions) is a hound breed that is similar in appearance to the Greyhound. The breed features a short, fine coat that comes in a wide variety of colors and markings. The breed has a sensitive temperament as well as a great love and aptitude for running – which makes the Whippet suitable for participating in racing or agility, acting as a therapy dog or being a common choice as a companion dog for more athletic owners.
Origins Of The Whippet
The Whippet has origins dating back to Ancient Egypt but officially appeared in England during the 1700s where they were bred by peasants for the purpose of poaching rabbits as well as competing in “snap dog” contests where they collected as many rabbits as possible before they escaped a circle. They are thought to be a descendant of the original Greyhound as well as other smaller dogs.
Average Size Of The Whippet
Whippets are classed as a medium-sized dog. The recommended standard size for the Whippet male is 19-22 inches tall from paw to shoulder and a weight of 25-40 pounds, while the suggested size for female Whippets is 18-21 inches high from paw to shoulder with a weight of 20-30 pounds.
Temperament Of The Whippet
The Whippet is well-known for their sensitive, gentle and devoted disposition. They are typically friendly with strangers, which often means they are quite unsuitable as a guard dog.
The Whippet is also demonstrated to be moderately intelligent – scoring equal 51st in comparison with other dogs when considering their capacity to be trained obedience commands.
They are recognized to be good with kids – which makes them quite suitable as a family pet. The Whippet is very companionable with other dogs but will see animals such as cats and other smaller animals as prey and pursue them.
Living Requirements Of The Whippet
The Whippet is happiest with a small yard to give them space to roam around in, but they are quite suitable for life in an apartment if they are exercised on a regular basis. They prefer warmer temperatures, and can be less content if it gets too cold – so will need extra clothing to keep them warm in winter.
Health & Life Expectancy Of The Whippet
In the vein of many medium-sized dog breeds, the Whippet is normally longer-lived with a life expectancy of 12-15 years. The biggest health problem for Whippets is frequently known to be genetic eye disorders. They can also be prone to heart disease due to their slow resting heartbeat but are overall an extremely healthy breed with minimal problems.
Exercise Needs Of The Whippet
The Whippet loves hobbies that include playing games, taking part in agility, racing or going for a run in a safe area. They possess a moderate amount of energy and need daily exercise in the shape of long walks or jogs while on the leash to keep them happy and healthy.