Whippet's history began in the XIX century Britain. However, some experts believe that the breed has existed for centuries. There is evidence that Whippet could have come from Pharaoh Hound. In the early twentieth century, it became an extremely popular hunting dog in England. In 1903 was approved the first standard of the breed. For many years it has been used for hunting waterfowl and small game. Gradually, however, gentle nature of the Whippet and its handsome appearance earned it the glory of a perfect pet.
Male representatives of the breed are high up to 51 cm and weight up to 12 kilograms, females are up to 47 cm high and weight up to 10 kg. The Whippet is small but very muscular dog with strong limbs. It has a very well developed chest and tummy tuck. Head is elongated, forehead is flat and has a smooth transition to a slightly elongated and pointed muzzle. Ears are small and dropping. They have the form of rose petals. Nose is always black in color, only brown representatives of the breed have brown noses. Fur is short and smooth, it is soft to a touch. The standard of the breed allows different types of hair coloring.
Character and behavior
The Whippet is fun, energetic and sweet dog, which is not a good guard, as it doesn't like to bark. Because of its pleasant temperament, this dog is a perfect companion. It is an active, intelligent, funny and friendly animal. The Whippet quickly becomes attached to its owners and love their company.
Training and education
This is a very intelligent animal, which is happy to participate in the learning process. You should be aware, however, that the Whippet is extremely sensitive and will not tolerate any shouting or physical punishment. If you treat it disrespectfully or punish it physically, it will give up on all the learning process. If you have enough patience and combine delicacy with praise and stroking the dog after a well-executed command, it will surprise you with its capabilities. The Whippet can be taught attractive tricks like walking on its hind legs and jumping through a hoop. Despite its small size, it can be trained to exhibit qualities of a good guard.
The Whippet is a healthy dog, which is not prone to many genetically determined diseases. However, it may suffer from various infections of eyes and ears. It can also be prone to hip dysplasia. Its teeth tend to accumulate tartar. It is important to know that the breed is sensitive to almost all types of anesthesia. Average life expectancy is about 15 years.
Grooming and care
The coat of the Whippet should be cleaned with a damp cloth and a special glove to massage the skin and to maintain the good condition of the hair. This procedure can be done twice a week. Regularly check a condition of teeth, eyes and ears to prevent infection. The Whippet will feel better if it can run all day in the yard. Its hair is too thin to withstand cold nights, especially during autumn and winter. It is not recommended to walk it off the leash, as it may try to pursue a cat or other small animal and get lost. During colder months it should be dressed in clothes in order not to catch a cold.
The Whippet doesn't have a typical of most dogs smell, so you shouldn't bathe it more often than two or three times a year. Because of its short hair, the Whippet can easily hurt itself, so regularly check the body and limbs for cuts and bruises, which may require treatment.
Children and other pets
This is a very loving dog. It gets along perfectly with children and is ready to constantly play with them. The Whippet can coexist with other pets both dogs and cats. It is wary of strangers, but adores its family.
The Whippet runs at speeds up to 70 km/h. It is recognized as one of the fastest greyhounds in the world and the fastest domestic animal in its category by weight.