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The Whippet (Greyhound), a dog of great elegance

The Whippet is recognized for its great elegance and vigor. This breed renowned for its speed is not exclusively dedicated to hunting or racing. It is also a perfect pet that will be happy only with sport masters who can practice dog sports with him.

Characteristics of the Whippet


The Whippet attracts attention with its athletic look, balanced strength, powerful muscles and graceful, elegant lines. It can be said that physically, it has everything for him. His physiognomy is distinguished by the presence of a curvature at the kidney level. A body designed to allow him to reach 60 km/h during a sprint. In terms of measurements, the Whippet measures between 44 and 51 cm depending on whether it is a male or a female weighing between 12 and 13 kg. It has a long head with a flat, dry skull that tapers to the tip of the muzzle. The stop is moderately marked. The Whippet has bright, oval eyes that reveal a beautiful expression of liveliness. The ears are thin, small and are said to be "in pink". The dog has a short, tight and fine coat. The standard admits all mixtures and colors of coats.

History of the Whippet breed


The Whippet is a breed coming from England. It is very old since it is mentioned as early as the 17th century. At the time, it was nicknamed the Levron or Doggystyle. The breed we know today would have appeared around the 19th century. It is said that it would result from a hybridization between the Fox Terrier, the Greyhound, the Italian Greyhound and the Bull Terrier. The recognition in Great Britain takes place in the early 1900s. The Whippet was mainly used for hunting hares. But it was also very popular in dog speed racing. It must be said that it excels in this field. It even owes its name to this exceptional speed. Whippet comes from the expression "Whip it!" which means "Go for it!".

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Whippet


The Whippet is discreet, quiet and easy to live with. He is also faithful and attached to his masters. Although he appreciates the presence of his owners, he is not really a cuddly dog that needs to be cuddled all the time. Moreover, sensitivity is not his strong point. However, he can get along well with children, but he is not an inveterate player. What he likes most of all? Doing his sprints. That's why he will only develop his skills with master athletes. In spite of his dynamic character, he can perfectly live in an apartment provided he can run regularly and enjoy frequent walks. As he doesn't bark a lot, he won't cause any inconvenience to the neighborhood.

Diet and main health problems of the Whippet


As a dog is a very active dog, especially if he is entered in dog races, he needs to get enough nutrients to make up for the energy losses. Beware of food intolerances! He is sensitive to this. On the health side, he does not develop any specific pathologies, but after the races, it will be necessary to watch for possible bone, joint or muscle injuries.