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General Description

This medium-size hound has a short, dense coat in a variety of colours and markings covering a streamlined body. The Whippet is not a miniature Greyhound but was developed by crossing Greyhounds with smaller terriers and, later, Italian Greyhounds. The result was a sleek and beautiful dog who's gentle and affectionate.

General Health

The potential health problems that Whippets are prone to include: Progressive retinal atrophy – gradual deterioration of the retina of the eye. Symptoms can start with night blindness and progress to total blindness. Hypothyroidism – a condition in which there's a decrease in thyroid hormone production.

Hereditary Illnesses

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) is an inherited disease in which the eyes are genetically programmed to go blind. Unfortunately, Whippets are a bit more likely than other dogs to have this condition. PRA is not painful, but also not curable. ... A genetic test is available for this condition.

Character and Temperament

Affectionate, lively, quiet intelligent, friendly and gentle


Adult Whippets usually do well eating two meals per day. You can feed Whippetpuppies 3-4 meals when they are very young, then move to three meals per day as they get older. By the time they are about a year old they should be eating two meals per day


For puppies, a basic rule to follow is 5 minutes of light exercise for each month of age up to twice daily. So, a 3-month-old needs 15 minutes of exercise twice per day. Adult Whippets need about 40 minutes per day and frequent opportunities to run.




Whippets were bred to hunt by sight, coursing game in open areas at high speeds. There are numerous representations of small greyhound-like hounds in art dating back to Ancient Egyptian times. In medieval England, a small Greyhound breed became popular for use as a ratting dog, the first written English use of the word Whippet with regard to a type of dog was in 1610. Whippets were commonly known as "snap dogs" for their tendency to "snap up" nearby prey.


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