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Whippet

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.

Origin

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.

Stats

Average Dog Size

21

Average Dog Weight

25-40

Average Bitch Size

20

Average Bitch Weight

20-35

Average Litter Size

1-10

Average Life Expectancy

12-15


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