Whippet Breed Profile


KC Group Hound

Size Medium

Weight 8-18kg

Height 44-51cm

Average lifespan Over 12 years

Good with children? Yes

Good guard dogs? No

Moulting level Low

Grooming Light

Exercise requirement Moderate

Jogging partner Yes

Temperament Gentle, affectionate, with an even disposition

Whippet Breed Profile

Classified in the Hound group, the Whippet is an amicable companion and a solid worker. Loves running, loves a fireplace and loves to be with people, although perhaps more of a one-man dog than displaying affection to everyone.

Whippet Character

Whippets are loving and sensitive but generally not nervous. They have lots of charm, a curious nature, and are fun and playful. The breed is versatile and thrives on company. Whippets can adapt to various lifestyles. They will have bursts of energy but will also be happy to cuddle up on the sofa. They are generally gentle with children.Whippets in multi-pet households should be carefully introduced to other pets as puppies to avoid problems in later life. They make ideal companions. Whippets are bred to hunt and this instinct remains strong; they retain the desire to chase which is something prospective owners should bear in mind. 

Whippet Health

Although the breed is generally healthy, breeders are not complacent. Breed clubs and the breed council actively monitor the health of the breed and are prepared to act on any issues that are raised. A Whippet's bones are no more brittle than any other breed, but they may suffer from more fractures than other breeds due to their enthusiasm for running and jumping. 

Whippet Special Care

Be aware of the hunting instinct, especially off the lead. Always make sure you are confident he'll come back to you when recalled.

The Whippet has a very short, smooth coat so doesn't require much grooming. Their claws will need clipping as Whippets don't wear them down with exercise. As they have a short coat, they feel the cold and aren't suited to kennel life. They will benefit from a warm, waterproof coat in winter. As their skin is delicate and very thin it will tear easy, so a coat is advisable. 

Did you know?

*Whippets have been known to compete in obedience, agility and flyball.

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*The Whippet was recognised as a pure breed by the Kennel Club in the late 19th century.

*Whippets have a tremendous turn of speed over short distances.

*The origin of the Whippet is obscure, although dogs of Whippet type and shape have been known in England for hundreds of years. 

Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.