BREED DESCRIPTION & INFORMATION

Whippet
Ch. Lepus Sauron, RChX (aka "Sam")
Photo Copyright ©Mark Raycroft
Courtesy of Lepus Reg'd Whippets & Italian Greyhounds

Breed Registries:


Note: The all-breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.


Origin:

Great Britain

Height:

Males — 19 to 22 inches
Females — 18 to 21 inches

Breed Profile:

The Whippet was bred in Britain as a result of a careful selection and crossing of small Greyhounds and certain Terriers. His original purpose was to chase and capture small game. Today he is considered one of the most stylish of breeds — equally at home as a family companion or running in races at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour!

He is a medium-sized member of the Sighthound family and looks very similar to the Greyhound, except smaller. He is gentle, sensitive, affectionate, and very calm and quiet when in the home but capable of great stamina when in the sporting mode. The Whippet excels at coursing and racing and his natural athletic talents and quick mind make him ideal for agility, flyball, obedience and disc dog competitions as well.

A devoted and loyal companion, the Whippet, with his trusting and unsuspicious nature, does not make the ideal watch dog as he is generally friendly to strangers.

The close, smooth and firm textured coat is low maintenance and may be of any colour or combination of colours.

Health Issues

The Whippet as a breed is generally healthy and not prone to many of the illnesses that afflict other breeds. They are not prone to ear infections, skin allergies, digestive problems, nor is Hip Dysplasia a problem. The average life expectancy of the Whippet is from 12 to 15 years.

Like all members of the Sighthound family, the Whippet is sensitive to a number of anesthetics. This should be discussed with your Veterinarian in advance of any required surgery. For additional information, see: Anesthesia in Sighthounds from the Saluki Club of America.

As with any breed, if you are considering the adoption of a Whippet puppy, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Because the Whippet breed has been found to have genetic eye problems, on the rare occasion, it is recommended that breeders have the eyes checked on their breeding stock. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have the recommended health clearances. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

AKC WHIPPET DVD
Published by the AKC, Video Edition, 19 Mins.
Discussion of the breed standard: good structure and movement, acceptable colors, correct head, size. Developed for breeders, exhibitors and judges.
Available from Dogwise.com

Grooming Information

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

Training Tools & Equipment
Choose from a wide variety of items from Dogwise.com



Additional Information

  • What is Lure Coursing? — Information about Lure Coursing from the Lower Mainland Whippet Association.
  • Straight & Oval Racing — From The American Whippet Club
  • Lure Coursing
  • Whippets and Other Sighthounds — A very informative website dedicated to Sighthounds explaining why a Sighthound thinks and acts differently from other breeds of dogs.
  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

Breeders  /  Breed Clubs  /  Rescues  /  Books & More