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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 Whippet became the running dog of the lower classes of England. The “poor man’s Greyhound” grew in popularity due to it´s smaller size and gentle disposition.

This breed was only recognized in England in 1891, two years after the acceptance of the Whippet by the American Kennel Club.
 
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Whippet is gentle, calm, and independent. The owner don´t really have complete control over his dog due to his independent disposition. They are intelligent and playful, but sometimes they are a bit rough, so it´s not advisable to have toddlers around.

The Whippet is also very sensible, mental and physically, so harsh training may not have a positive outcome. The owner needs to be creative and use the dog’s abilities and interests, especially the speed, to train this dog.

This sweet dog gets along with other dogs, but it usually hunts small animals he doesn’t know, like cats. He usually barks at strangers, which makes him a good watchdog.

Although a runner, the Whippet is quiet around the house and also clean. He can spend most of his time indoors sleeping or laying around. They are very affectionate dogs that like to be part of the family. These dogs are fragile and do better indoors, for physical and psychological reasons.

They need lost of opportunities to run free and daily walks are a must. 
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General appearance [ edit ]

This medium sized dog is a sight hound, and has the typical elegance of that group. With a height between 43 and 51 cm and weighting 12,5 to 13,5 kg, the Whippet has an elegant and graceful look. Resembling a small greyhound, the Whippet conveys an image of power, speed and balance.

The Whippet has a long and lean head, with a defined stop, rose-shaped ears and brown eyes. The legs are muscled and the tail is long and tapering. The coat is short and smooth and can be of any color.  
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Health [ edit ]

The coat of the Whippet is easy to maintain and doesn’t require too much care. They are however average shedders.

Due to it´s thin skin, the Whippet is prone to skin problems. They also have little resistance to the cold weather. 
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