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Whippig History

The Whippet, or more accurately, the “Whippet-Greyhound”, is a racing greyhound-type sighthound. It is sometimes referred to by the misnomer “whippet-jack,” particularly in the whippet-racing community. It is the fastest of all dog breeds. The Whippet was created in 1880 by crossing the English Greyhound and the Irish Wolfhound. The origin of the name is disputed, but is thought to be due to the distinctive sound a dog makes when running at full pelt. The Whippet was officially recognized by the Kennel Club (UK) in 1885. The development of the Whippets’ reputation for speed was closely connected with the development of the sport, with the first race held in 1886. The whippet-racing community however, does not accept that the Whippet is a descendant of the English Greyhound and argues that it is descended from the Celtic Hound and the Saluki.

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Whippig Physical Characteristics

The Whippet is a medium-sized breed of sighthound that was bred for racing. They weigh between 30 and 45 pounds and stand between 16 and 18 inches tall at the wither. They have a slender, long, and lean body. The Whippet has a straight, narrow nose and pointed ears. They have a thin, short haired coat that is either brindle, red, or fawn in color. The whippet is energetic and agile.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Brindle, Black, Gray, Brown, Red, Cream, White

Height Range

Male Height Range: 17 – 20 inches

Female Height Range: 17 – 20 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 20 – 30 lbs

Female Weight Range: 20 – 30 lbs

Whippig Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Whippig Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Corneal Dystrophy, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Cataracts, Anesthesia Sensitivity/Allergy, Bone Fractures

Whippig Temperament and Behaviour

The Whippet is a loving and devoted animal that makes an excellent pet. They are large in size, but are gentle and calm, which makes them a great companion. They get along well with children and other pets, but are also protective and loyal to their owners, so they make excellent guard dogs. They are extremely athletic and agile, so they love to run and play.

Whippig Activity Requirements

Whippets are active, agile, and graceful, and they are considered to be one of the oldest of the hounds. These intelligent, friendly, and gentle dogs are great companions. While they don’t need a lot of exercise and are content with moderate walks, they do need regular social interaction. A daily walk or short jog is enough to keep a Whippet happy. They enjoy a mentally stimulating game now and then, such as hide-and-seek or tug-of-war. They also do well with puzzle toys and puzzle feeders. While a Whippet may be a good match for someone who is more interested in spending time with their dog than running, jumping, and hunting, they do require a moderate amount of exercise.

Miles Per Day

8 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

2 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Whippig is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Whippig is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Whippig is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Whippig is part of the Unclassified group.

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