A small sighthound dog that the Pharaohs bred. They were related to the Greyhound which they kept them in their palaces. This sighthound may
be the ancestor to today"s Whippets. The small Greyhound bred in Medival England became popular being used for a ratting dog. In 1610 the first written English use of the word Whippet was used to describe the sighthound. There had been dogs that look exactly like the Whippet for thousands of years in paintings and sculptures, but were not called Whippets until the mid 1800's. This is when the modern concept of "pure breeds" was created.
The early use of the Whippet was to hunt hare, using their speed in open fields instead of tracking by scent. During the 18th and 19th centuries in Great Britain, the Whippet became the poor man's Greyhound.
Whippets have a very high prey drive due to their hunting background. A whippet should not be left alone with small family pets like guinea pigs, rats, hamsters and even cats because its in his instinct to go after the prey (pets) resulting in injury or death. Whippets do very well with other dogs and loves the pack life style. Whippets are keen, friendly, and loyal and they become attached to their owner. Excellent with children, Do not bark often, and mild manned. Whippets are indoor dogs because of his short coat and the fact they are thin, they get cold very easily. Whippets need a fenced yard if they are to be loose. Otherwise on a leash at all times. With it prey drive, once it takes pursuit there is no chance catching him. This is dangerous because of cars.
Overall, the Whippet is intelligent but can be stubborn. They are gentle, affectionate ,quiet lap dogs, who just enjoy laying around on the furniture. Give them 30 mins outside to sprint around and you have the fastest couch potato
My name is Cynthianna. I'm a Whippet breeder in Florida. My puppies are raised in my home and handled several times daily, so they are very well socialized My dogs are shown to reach their championship and some continue on for their Grand Championship as well as other titles. I srive to breed for comformatiom of the AKC whippet standards. I provide health testing on the parents.
To own a Whippet is like having the sun shining everyday even during a storm. They are loyal by your side kind of dog. They get attached to their owner. You will also have unlimited cuddles and snuggles. They are diamonds in the rough.