Whippet

Read our comprehensive guide to Whippets, including information on predisposed health issues, exercise needs, family friendliness, grooming, history, overview & temperament.

Dog
17 Oct 2023

History of Whippet Dogs 

Originally bred by miners in the 18th century as a hunting dog in the North of England, Whippets are dogs that have a natural hunting instinct and are the result of selective cross breeding between Greyhounds and Terriers. In the past, they were used to hunt small game and later on became racing dogs for their owner’s entertainment. Today this breed is better known for being easy going and friendly companions and they are adored for their docile personality.

 

What to expect when caring for your Whippet

Common Whippet Health Issues

What breed-related health issues could you encounter as a Whippet owner?

Anaesthesia Sensitivity – This breed is more sensitive to anaesthesia so be sure to take your pet to an experienced vet should they require surgery.

Deafness – If your Whippet is not responding to commands, it could be a hearing condition that is to blame as they are prone to deafness.

Von Willebrand Disease - This is a bleeding disorder that is usually inherited from the dog’s parents. The blood doesn’t clot efficiently and is caused due to a protein deficiency called Von Willebrand. Signs of this include bleeding gums, nose bleeds and prolonged bleeding after surgery. There is no cure for this condition.

How Much Grooming Do Whippets Need?

Whippets are a low maintenance breed and they aren’t excessive droolers. They are a clean and odourless dog that only needs bathing every month or two. You can keep their coat in tip top condition by brushing it regularly. They are also a low shedding breed which is another bonus for pet owners. 

How Much Exercise Do Whippets Need?

Yes, Whippets are fast runners and they like to be active but they don’t require a phenomenal amount of exercise. They are well known for their speed but not endurance so they will be happy with short bursts of physical activity. 30 minutes is the perfect amount of exercise. Whippets should not be allowed to roam free in case their natural hunting instincts kick in and if they spy a rodent or small animal, they will make a break for it and you have no hope of catching them.

  1. Whippet Personality Traits

    What to expect from your Whippet

    This lean and athletic breed is adored for its placid yet playful personality, and its gentle nature is just one of the reasons Whippets are such popular pets. This breed is adaptable and will blend seamlessly with your living environment regardless of location and size. Easy to train and even easier to house break, this intelligent dog can learn commands quickly. However, while they are alert dogs, they make notoriously bad guard dogs as they greet everyone with a wagging tail. Whippets also rarely bark so they won’t alert you to a stranger’s presence. They are lovers not fighters.

  2. Are Whippets Family Friendly?

    How will they behave around my family?

    Whippets are a great addition to a family home. This breed is strong enough to be a fun playmate but not powerful enough to cause accidental injury which makes them great for households with children. This affectionate breed is also well suited to older owners and single person households as Whippets are a calm and quiet dog that get a huge amount of enjoyment from simply sitting with their owners. They generally get along with other dogs but should not be left unsupervised in the presence of smaller house pets due to their strong prey drive.

Key Facts Summary
Size:
18-22 inches
Weight:
11kg-18kg
Temperament:
Amiable and Friendly
Lifespan
12-15 Years
Average Cost:
£612-£1148

Whippet FAQs:

How Fast Can a Whippet Run?

The fastest dog of its size, the Whippet is actually the second fastest breed on the planet and can run up to 35 miles per hour.

When is a Whippet Fully Grown?

Whippets mature much quicker than other dog breeds and usually reach adulthood around six months to one-year-old.

How Much is a Whippet Puppy?

The cost of buying a whippet puppy will vary from breeder to breeder. The average price for a standard Whippet is around £612. However, if you are looking for Whippet with championship bloodlines, you can expect to pay a much higher price of around £1500.

While a relatively healthy breed with a long lifespan, Whippets are prone to a number of common health issues, so having pet insurance can help to protect you against those unexpected vet bills. You can find out more about your cover options benefits with Asda Money Dog Insurance here.

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