The Whippet (also named the “Snapdog” for their early use in rabbit catching competitions) is a hound breed that is simlar in appearance to the Greyhound and features a short, fine coat that comes in a wide variety of colors and markings. The breed first appeared in the 1700s in England, and they were initially used for the core objective of poaching rabbits.

Just a few of their most identifiable features typically are their sensitive and loyal temperament as well as a great love and aptitude for running – which essentially make the Whippet a frequent breed of dog for participating in racing or agility, acting as a therapy dog or a companion dog for more athletic owners.

The Whippet has origins dating back to Ancient Egypt but officially appeared in England during the 1700s where they were bred by peasants for the function of poaching rabbits as well as competing in “snap dog” contests where they collected as many rabbits as possible before they escaped a circle. They are
believed to be a descendant of the original Greyhound as well as other smaller dogs.

Whippets are termed as a medium-sized breed of dog. The suggested standard size for the Whippet male is 19-22 inches tall from paw to shoulder and a weight of 25-40 pounds, while the recommended size for female Whippets is 18-21 inches high from paw to shoulder with a weight of 20-30 pounds.

The Whippet is renowned for their sensitive, gentle and devoted disposition. They are usually friendly with strangers, which often makes them quite unsuitable as a guard dog.

The Whippet is also accepted to be moderately intelligent – placing equal 51st compared to other dogs when taking into account their ability to be trained obedience instructions. They are additionally well-known to be good with kids – which makes them quite suitable as a family pet. The Whippet is very well-suited with other dogs but will see animals such as cats and other smaller animals as prey and pursue them.

The Whippet enjoys having a small yard to provide them with enough space, but they are quite suitable for life in an apartment provided they are given enough exercise. They enjoy warmer weather, and can be less comfortable if it gets too cold – so will need extra clothing to keep them warm in winter.

The Whippet gets pleasure from endeavors that include playing games, taking part in agility, racing or going for a run in a safe area. They have a moderate degree of energy and this calls for daily exercise in the manner of long walks or jogs while on the leash to keep them happy and healthy.

The Whippet can be the perfect dog breed for an active owner that shares their love for running. They are well-matched to anybody that is prepared to perform a minimal amount of grooming and set aside time to provide them with sensitive obedience training as well as take them for long walks every day and provide a good sum of love and attention. Though they might be to some extent unsuitable in homes with pets other than dogs, if you are able to meet their need for sensitive care and physical exercise then the Whippet could make the best dog for you.

  • Affectionate, Playful, Calm
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 61 of 193
  • Height: 19-22 inches (male), 18-21 inches (female)
  • Weight: 25-40 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Group: Hound Group

American Whippet Club

The American Whippet Club (AWC) is the national breed club for Whippets within the American Kennel Club. The AWC promotes the showing, responsible breeding, obedience training and competition, lure coursing and versatility of the Whippet breed.

The Whippet is a medium-sized sighthound, combining elegance and athleticism with a friendly, amiable disposition. In temperament, the Whippet is affectionate and gentle, but is capable of great intensity during sporting events. Originating in England, the breed was first recognized in this country by the American Kennel Club in 1888.

The AWC is the parent organization that oversees most recognized Whippet activities in the United States. The AWC unites people interested in breeding and competition, and improving and preserving the health and character of the breed for the purposes of showing, racing, coursing, obedience and pet ownership. It is also responsible for promoting good sportsmanship at events that are held under its auspices.

Here you can learn about Whippets as both companions and competition dogs, and about the breed’s history, temperament traits, and overall health and care. You can also learn more about Whippet activities and upcoming events, and about our club, with resources to connect with breeders and fellow Whippet fanciers.

We hope you will enjoy your visit to the American Whippet Club website!