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Description of Whippet

´╗┐The Breed History

Whippets have been compared to the English Greyhound, in miniature. They originate from England, and were given official breed status there in 1891. The breed was derived from crosses of small English Greyhounds with both rough and smooth-coated terriers. Later, Italian Greyhound was added to the mix. AKC recognition occurred in 1888.

Breeding for Function

These medium-sized sight hounds were bred for function so their conformation development was focused on maximal speed and agility. Racing, including steeple chasing was a favored sport. Over a short stretch their speed was so great they could pass a Greyhound. Their speed is the fastest in this weight range of domesticated animal (35 mph or 56 km/hr). Rabbit coursing was another sport that the Whippet was tasked to; informal betting earned them the historical nickname "poor man's racehorse". Other talents include ratter, lure coursing, agility, flyball, and obedience. Companion dog is a common purpose of this breed today.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: female 18-21" (45.5-53.5cm), male 19-22" (48-56 cm).

Weight: females 14-25 lb (6-11 kg), males 17-28 lb (7.5-12.5 kg).

Coat: The very short coat is firm textured but not coarse, lays flat and hairs are straight. Any colors are accepted. A longhaired whippet association exists, though the breed standard for AKC or any other major registry does not mention these. They cannot compete as whippets in racing and coursing etc. In the longhaired standard, miniatures are described and for these dogs; the upper size limit is 10 lb (4.5 kg).

Longevity: 12-14 years

Points of Conformation: They have a long narrow skull and tapered muzzle, though the skull is wider between the eyes. The stop is minimal. Their gait is graceful and smooth. They possess light bone and lithe musculature. The nose is black, and eyes must be same color and large, and dark with pigmented palpebral margins. Small fine-leathered ears (rose ears) are carried back and folded. The neck is arched, long and fine, though well muscled. The back is broad and the loin is long. The topline is arched starting over the loin. The thorax is deep and ribs are well sprung. They possess a well tucked up abdomen. The tail is long, thin, tapering and carried low between the legs. It is gently curved upwards, reaching to the tarsus. Leg bones are straight, feet have hare-to-cat-like shape and the pads are hard and thick; toes well arched. Dewclaws may be removed. Metatarsals are short.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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