- SIZE: 3
- GROOMING:: 1
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 5
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 7
- WATCHDOG: 6
- BREED: WHIPPET
- COLOR(S):Beige, blue, roan, black, black and white, or white with streaked or yellow patches.
The Whippet was developed at the end of the 19th century through crossing among the Greyhound, the Italian Greyhound, and another terrier type dog. Its name derives from the expression "whip it" meaning to move quickly. The Whippet is an outstanding track racer over short distances reaching speeds of up to 37 miles per hour. The Whippet is a medium sized sight hound that looks similar to a his cousin the Greyhound. The skull is long and lean with a fairly wide space between the ears.
The Whippet is intelligent, lively, affectionate, sweet, and docile. This very devoted companion is quiet and calm in the home. They are good with children of all ages as long as the children do not roughhouse or tease the dog.
The Whippet\'s smooth, fine, short-haired coat is easy to groom. A regular rub all over with a damp chamois will keep the coat gleaming. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and bathe only when necessary. The coat of the Whippet is virtually free of "doggie odor." This breed is an average shedder.
Prone to stomach upset and skin problems.
The Whippet kept as a pet should have regular opportunities to run free on open ground (in a safe area) as well as a brisk daily walk on a leash. They are sighthound and will chase and kill small animals so a fenced yard is essential.
The Whippet should never be roughly trained, for they are extremely sensitive both physically and mentally. Be sure to introduce plenty of variety when training them. The best results will be achieved by including games and running. Some can be difficult to housebreak while others housebreak quickly. Make sure you are this dog\'s firm, confident, consistent pack leader to avoid Small Dog Syndrome, and behavior problems.