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UK KC Classification Hound
Country of Origin England
Date of Origin 1800s
Height 43 - 51 cm (17 - 20 inches)
Weight 12.5 - 13.5 Kgs (27 - 30 lbs)
Life Expectancy 13 - 14 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Whippets have a powerful, muscular build with a graceful outline. They are built for speed and their coat is short, sleek and can be a variety of colours.


Whippets have a gentle disposition and an even temperament.


If you are considering a Whippet as a pet, consider the following points:
They are suitable for urban living
They are suitable with children
They are not adapted for cold climates
They are unsuitable for outdoor living
They do not require a lot of grooming
They usually get on well with other dogs

Interesting Facts

As well as being used in sport, Whippets make excellent pets.

Whippets can reach speeds of up to 65 km/hr (40 mph) over short distances.

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