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Whippet

Fantastic racer! (other names: Snapdog)

Whippet
origin:Great Britain
date origin:17th century
life expectancy:13 to 14 years
classification:Hound
height:44 to 47 cm
weight:12 to 13 kg
exercise: Demandingtraining: Difficultclimate: Hotfeeding: Undemandingsize: Large
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History [ edit ]

The Whippet got his name from his ability to run fast, “whip it”. This sight hound is one of the fastest dogs, reaching up to 65 Km/h in seconds. They are the best spinners, better then Greyhounds. However if you give this enough time they will beat Whippets in top velocity and endurance. In fact, greyhounds are one of the Whippets ancestors, as well as terriers. Some point to the Italian Greyhound as one of his relatives.

The Whippet was used for coursing and the ability to snap rabbits gave him the nickname “snapdog”. With the industrial revolution, farmers migrated to the cities and took their dogs with them. A common sport at that time was to see how many rabbits the dog could catch in a given period of time, but the absence of rabbits in the city put the whippet running in another direction. As soon as the workers found out that this dog chased a lure as fast as a rabbit, the Wh