Later, he became known as the "poor man's
racehorse". The Whippet is one of the fastest dogs in the world and
now participates in racing and lure coursing events.
This slim and elegant dog
is the picture of fitness, speed, and power. He stands up to 22 inches high at the shoulder.
He has a short-haired coat that comes in any colour or combination of
colours. Grooming requirements are minimal. With his short coat, the
Whippet may be susceptible to sunburn and cold temperatures.
Whippet is gentle, affectionate and adaptable, and makes a wonderful
companion or a great jogging partner. Although he is one of the
friendliest of the sight hounds, he can be initially nervous or reserved
around strangers and makes a splendid watch dog. Whippets are not the
breed for everyone as they do not enjoy being left alone.
Whippets need plenty of
outdoor exercise including a good run as well as long, brisk walks. As a
sight hound and a racer, this dog will instinctively take off after
anything that catches his eye. Therefore, a fenced exercise area is a