Non-sporting Breeds


Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 18-20 in (47-51 cm) Bitch: 17-18 in (44-47cm)
Weight: 28 lb (12.5kg)
Coat: Short, fine, and close
Color: Any color or mixture of colors

The Whippet looks like a Greyhound in miniature, and the Greyhound undoubtedly played a part in its make-up. It is uncertain whether the Pharaoh Hound, as seems likely, or some other imported hound or terrier, was the other half of the cross. The Whippet was bred expressly as a racing dog, and is the fastest breed in the world. It has been timed at 8.4 seconds over a standard l50 yard (l37m) straight course (36.52mph/58.76kmh). The Whippet is a gentle dog that is good with children and makes a fine pet and show dog, and a splendid watchdog. While it can adapt to domestic life, this powerful runner needs plenty of exercise. Its short coat requires little other than a brush and rubdown, but it does mean that the dog is better housed indoors year round rather than kenneled outside.
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