Whippet Breed Profile


A medium size sighthound giving the appearance of elegance and fitness, denoting great speed, power and balance without coarseness. A true sporting hound that covers a maximum of distance with a minimum of lost motion. Should convey an impression of beautifully balanced muscular power and strength, combined with great elegance and grace of outline. Symmetry of outline, muscular development and powerful gait are the main considerations; the dog being built for speed and work, all forms of exaggeration should be avoided.


Any color or combination of colors.


Amiable, friendly, gentle, but capable of great intensity during sporting pursuits. They are couch potatoes and will spend a good portion of the day resting.


The Whippet has an unclear history. They are a relatively young breed, only known since the 1600s. It is believed that Whippets are the product of the Greyhound, Italian Greyhound, and small Terriers. They were bred to hunt rabbits and small game in England. Today, Whippets are the most popular of the Sight hounds due to their temperament and size.

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