Whippets are a modern(ish) dog breed developed in the 1600’s by crossing Greyhounds with terriers and later with Italian Greyhounds to achieve their current sleek look and even, active, independent temperaments.
The popularity of Whippets rose with the popularity of racing in the 1800’s. Unlike greyhound racing, which is generally frowned upon and considered cruel, Whippet racing is considered a hobby sport and is not established for the purposes of gambling. In addition to racing, Whippets often take part in dog sports such as flyball, agility, and lure coursing.
Whippets have a number of pluses to them in terms of size and adaptability to house/apartment living:
• They are independent but trainable
• Their short coats are low maintenance with weekly brushing
• They are friendly with people
• They are good house dogs as long as they are still exercised regularly
• They are not prone to being overweight
• They are generally healthy with few worrisome health problems
Always choose a reputable breeder or rescue organization if you are looking for a Whippet (or any pet).
If you think a Whippet might be right for you, keep in mind they are a sight hound with a high prey drive and should not be left unsupervised with cats or small caged pets.
They cannot be left outdoors for prolonged periods as they do not tolerate cold well.
Whippets are often considered a “miniature greyhound” and can weigh 20 to 50 pounds. They come in a variety of colours such as black, cream, tan, fawn, red, and blue, and have an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
Once you have your new pet you will want to bring him for regular vet checks. And when you do, contact www.torontoams.com to get you there.
Photo by Mitchell Orr
Amanda G. is a Registered Veterinary Technician and a valued member of Toronto AMS.