Other names: Dwarf Greyhound, Whippet Greyhound

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The Whippet is a muscular and slender dog at the same time. Its general appearance is very elegant and its lines are full of grace. The Whippet (or Dwarf Greyhound) is built for speed. It is a dog, initially, made for hunting. Its great speed has long been used in rabbit hunting. Moreover, he will have to express this ardor on a daily basis. It is perfectly suited to family life. He never barks and is very sociable, touching, affectionate and sensitive. It does not require any particular maintenance and has a robust health. In addition, it can live very well indoors, especially in winter.



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Hair type Short
Origin Britain
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 12 kg to 12 kg From 44 cm to 47 cm
Male From 13 kg to 13 kg From 47 cm to 51 cm
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History of the breed

The Whippet as we know it appears for the first time in the 19th century. However, his breed was already present long before. Indeed, from the time of the 17th century, it was called Greyhound or Levron. Either way, she descends from a cross between the Greyhound and some terriers like the Fox Terrier and the Bull Terrier . The contribution of the Little Italian Greyhound would also be appropriate.

The breed was not recognized until 1899. From the end of the 19th century , the Whippet took part in rabbit chasing competitions organized for the working class of the North of England , the latter not being able to breed Greyhounds ( reserved for nobles). Its name comes from the exclamation “Wip It”, translate as “Go ahead, go for it”. Expression used by miners in Northern England, in the 19th century, used this race in hunting rabbits and then for dog racing. Indeed, the miners could not afford the English nobility who preferred to breed the Greyhound. The Whippet breed was definitively recognized by the FCI on April 27, 1955 .

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Physical features

His hair: short, fine and tight.
Its color: all tones and mixtures are allowed.
Its head: long, lean, flat and thinning down to the muzzle. The stop is slightly marked.
His ears: small, thin and arranged in pink.
His eyes: bright, oval in shape and displaying a very lively expression.
His body: the topline is gracefully arched at the level of the kidney, the back is broad, muscular and elongated, the chest is high and very split. The sides are well arched and muscular.
Its tail: long, thin, carried in a curve without going beyond the level of the back when the dog is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Whippet is a very popular dog for its great calm and discretion , since it does not bark frequently . He is an extremely easy-going pet, very attached to his master and his family . As a good Greyhound, he is not particularly demonstrative in the emotional sphere. He gets along perfectly with children , even if he is not the most playful of dogs. The Whippet’s favorite activity remains racing , for which it is clearly built. However, like all Greyhounds , he does not necessarily show his great sensitivity .

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The Whippet must have an education that is both strict and gentle . She must start as soon as possible and must in particular focus on recall to avoid losing it on walks where her natural instinct will attract her to the game. However, it is a dog that is educated very easily , especially thanks to his intelligence and his desire to please his master . In any case, you should not yell at him, reprimand him maliciously and physically. He is naturally happy and will appreciate the hugs as a thank you.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Although greedy for spaces to sprint (it can reach 60 km / h without problem), the Whippet is not just an outdoor dog. His calm and serene temperament makes him appreciate life in an apartment or at least indoors. He will be very happy lying on a sofa or at his foot. Above all, he does not bark and will not disturb the neighborhood in any way. He just needs to be able to run at least once a day, so he’ll need to be out and do dog sports. It is important for his mental and physical health , as well as for his well-being.


Ease of gaining weight

The Whippet is blessed with very solid health . Like many short-haired dogs, he is especially afraid of bad weather and cold . In winter, it will be necessary not to take it out when the conditions are extreme. Then, he can develop some muscle, ligament and arthritis problems due to his passion during each race. Do not hesitate to contact a veterinarian to perform regular examinations and, thus, ensure its good growth.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of a Whippet is, on average, between 12 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Whippet’s moults are not very important. He loses little hair. This does not add additional work to a very simple maintenance because of its short and fine coat. Her dress can be polished with a chamois leather .

The Whippet is often described as a clean dog , and rightly so. Brushing is done from time to time with a glove and the ears should be inspected at least once a week. The cleaning of the latter is to be done using a cotton ball soaked in a little sweet almond oil , but never with a cotton swab.

Price and budget

Purchase price

700 €
1000 €

The purchase price of a Whippet is between 700 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost

1000 €
€ 1,100

The annual maintenance cost of a Whippet is between 1000 € and 1100 €.

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To meet his daily energy expenditure and the calories burned during his shopping , the Whippet must have an adapted diet . It should be mainly composed of high quality kibble that will cover all of its needs.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

It is not a dog ideally made for endurance. He excels more in speed . However, he can very well accompany his master during his morning jogs or bike rides . Thus, canicross or canicyclocross are ideal dog sports for him, just like Agility .


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 10: Greyhounds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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