Whippet: Dog Breed Information

Country of origin: Great Britain
Shoulder height: 44 – 51 cm
Weight: 12 – 15 kg
Age: 12 – 14 years
Colour: all
Use: sports dog, companion dog, the family dog

The Whippet belongs to the group of sighthounds and originates from Great Britain. It is considered to be a very pleasant, easy-to-train, uncomplicated, and easy-care family dog ​​and can also be kept well in an apartment if there is an appropriate opportunity to exercise.

Origin and history

The whippet was used to hunt rabbits in northern England in the 19th century. Whippets were more popular as hunting dogs than the greyhound because their small size made them less prone to injury and cheaper to keep and buy. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Whippet was also used in dog racing.


The Whippet is a medium-sized greyhound optimized for speed. It is equipped with a lot of muscle power but does not appear coarse, but is always sporty and elegant. Its hair is fine, short, and close-lying in all colors.

The retracted tail is often misinterpreted as an expression of fear in the whippet. It is a breed-specific trait. Due to the sloping position of their pelvis, the tail of sighthound breeds always points towards the ground and is never carried horizontally or raised high. Except for very high-spirited young dogs or aggression.


The Whippet is an extremely adaptable dog, completely fixated on its reference person, affectionate, and very docile. It is not aggressive towards other dogs and hardly pays attention to strangers. It is calm at home, and it can fully develop its sparkling temperament in the game and when running free.

The Whippet is an extremely uncomplicated family dog ​​that is also a pleasure for a novice dog because it is easy to train and is available for many dog ​​sports activities. With a close relationship and good obedience, it can also run free. However, its passion for hunting should not be underestimated.

If there is enough space to run around, the medium-sized, easy-care Whippet is also good to keep in an apartment.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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