The Whippet Dog Breed - Height, Weight, Color, History and Description

  • 27/11/2010
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Description: The Whippet is a sight hound of medium size. The dog is 19-20 inches in height, and the bitches' height is 18-21 inches. Their weight is 25-45 pounds this breed looks similar to their cousin, the greyhound. The Whippet has a long skull, which is lean and has a very wide gap between the ears. The muzzle is long and tapers to the nose. The nose is dark brown, black or dark blue. The teeth meet in a scissor bite. This dog has small ears that rose shape. Their ears are held back and folded, except when the dog is excited, where they are semi-perked.

The Whippet has oval shaped eyes was a dark in colour. They have straight front legs with feet that are thick and can be either cat like or hare like. This breed has a deep chest. A long tail which has a slight lift at the end is held low. This breed has a short coat that is smooth and all colours are accepted. The Whippet lives to about 15 years.

History: The Whippet came into being by crossing the Italian Greyhound, the Greyhound, and an unknown Terrier type breed. This was in the 19th century. The name means to move quickly "whip it" and, as its name suggests, it is a very fast dog reaching speeds of up to 37 mph. This dog has a history in racing, often being called the poor mans race horse. In the UK, there were racing tracks in nearly every city where the poorer man would go to watch the Whippet race and place bets on who will win.

Due to the fact, this is a sight hound the dogs would race chasing a "rabbit" that was not a real rabbit but a mechanical rabbit, that is on the edge of the track, going faster than the dogs. This sport was popular until the mid 1980's when it lost popularity. The Whippet was first recognized by the AKC in 1888 and the English Kennel Club in 1891. This dog has been used for hunting, as a watchdog, sighting, racing, agility, and lure coursing.

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