Whippet Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:n/a
  • Size:Medium
  • Ease of Training:Medium
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:Low
  • Exercise Needed:Daily Walks
  • Energy Level:Low/Medium
  • Protection:Makes an effective watchdog
  • Good with Children:May make an effective watchdog
  • Health Clearances:CERF, SA
  • Weight:20-40 lbs
  • Height:Male: 19-22; Female: 18-21 inches
  • Coat Colour:Beige, blue, roan, black, black and white, or white with streaked or yellow patches

Whippet Coat

The Whippet has a short, tight, and smooth coat. Firm in texture, yet soft. Coat does not adapt well to colder climates so this breed needs a considerable amount of protection from cold weather. Coat should remain fairly weather resistant given the length, and texture.

Whippet Character

Very fun loving and energetic, this breed is prone to shyness. Does well in working sports, but is very gentle. Not recommended as a kennel pet, the Whippet is best suited as a household companion. They have many athletic traits, and are great sprinters.

Whippet Temperament

Amiable, docile, yet high energy, the Whippet makes a wonderful child's companion providing the child knows how to handle a dog. Rather independent, this breed is also a quick learner but does require consistent training methods and variety as they bore quickly. The Whippet is a very sensitive breed and should never be roughly handled, as shyness is a factor.

Whippet Care

Very easily groomed, Whippets must however be protected from the cold. His short, smooth and silky coat does not adapt well to colder climates. Averagely shedding, occasional brushing to limit shedding should suffice. Bathing every six months should be fine, as the short coat does not trap dirt well.

Whippet Activity

A small yard will do for this small yet active dog. A daily walk should do. Should not be let off lead unless in a fenced in yard as they will chase and kill small and fast animals. Should regularly run in a yard if possible, but will do well with no yard if given opportunities to run, perhaps in a park.

Whippet Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Whippet is around 12-15 years. There are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed. This includes cataracts, lens luxation, heart problems, SA, PRA, thyroid problems, and sensitivity to chemicals and drugs. You should also remember that the skin of the Whippet is very thin and can easily get damaged by anything from garden nettles to the claws of an angry cat. They are very sensitive to cold because of their thin skin, and should be provided with a sweater in colder weather when outdoors. Make sure that you provide the Whippet with soft, cushioned bedding to protect his bones and joints from pressure. The parents of the Whippet puppy should have CERF certificates and clearance for sebaceous adenitis (SA).