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Whippet Facts

Common Name:
Most widely used name for this species
The area where the animal first came from
Great Britain
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
55cm (22in)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
13kg (28lbs)
How long the animal lives for
15 years
The domestic group such as cat or dog

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Whippets are generally quiet and gentle dogs, and may be content to spend much of the day resting. Although especially attached to their owners, they are friendly with visitors. Whippets are not prone to snapping, so they are good with young children. Because of their friendly nature whippets are known to have been used in aged care facilities.

They may bark when strangers arrive but are not suited to being guard dogs. They do, however, tend to attack cats that stray into their territory, unless they have been brought up living with a cat.

Unlike some other breeds, male whippets are as easy to housebreak as females. Male whippets are also as unaggressive as female whippets. Males are sometimes considered to be slightly more loyal and enjoy repetitive play. Females can be a little more complex and strong-willed. Males tend to be one to two inches taller and three to six pounds heavier than females.

Note, this article is flagged as incomplete and is scheduled to be updated.

Whippet Comments

Hester Hardy
"I love Whippets and I own one myself and he is lovely.The description suits my male whippet perfectly even though he is quite destructive so maybe add that in, especially because he's a pup so maybe add some advise to do with puppies. Otherwise, all ok and I 'm pleased with the description. :)"
"I understand that my whippet needs a thicker collar to protect his neck and to stop him slipping his collar, but does he need to were his collar all the time. I was told they shouldn't because it could damage his neck. thanks"
"This is a suitable dog for me :)"
"i love dogs ecspesially whippets"
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First Published: 11th November 2008, Last Updated: 10th September 2018

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5. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 11 Nov 2008]

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