Built for speed their hind legs are quite muscular but the rest of their frame is light and dainty. Originating in the UK from the Greyhound they look like small Greyhounds standing up to 50cm at the most, at the shoulder and weighing no more than 20kg. The coat is short and comes in a variety of colours from black, to blue, brindle, fawn or a combination of these.
The head is slim and delicate with small floppy, triangular ears set high on the skull and a long, sleek muzzle. The tail is long and thin bending upwards in a semi-circular shape.
Due to their delicate nature anfd thin coats whippets can be sensitive to the cold and benefit from wearing a coat during the winter months. Whippets are extremely affectionate and loving dogs who adore human company. Extremely elegant and beautiful to look at, they do well in the town or the country. Their coats are short and shed an average amount. Bred for speed to chase hares or rabbits the Whippet can travel at an amazing pace with some able to cover around 180meters in less than 12 seconds.
Whippets can be prone to heart conditions but are relatively healthy dogs They need an hour or more exercise a day and being hounds they will chase and possibly kill small mammals so care should be taken when exercising them off the lead. A Whippet’s life expectancy is around 10 – 12 years.