This charming breed was developed in the late 19th century by crossing with the Italian Greyhound, the Greyhound and other breed of terrier. The Whippet gets its name from the expression whip it, as this breed can move extremely quickly when it chooses to. This breed is a fantastic track racer, especially over short distances, and it can reach speeds of 60kms an hour in just a few seconds. Therefore, this breed was used in races for many years, while it also displays excellent hunting, sighting, watchdog and lure coursing skills. The breed was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1888 and in 1891 by the English Kennel Club.

Body Type

This medium-sized sighthound is closely related to the Greyhound and has a similar appearance. The breed has a long and lean skull with widely spaced ears. The long muzzle has virtually no stop and tapers to the nose, which can be black, dark brown or dark blue. The small ears are folded back and become perked when the breed is excited, while the teeth form a scissors bite. The dark eyes are oval-shaped, while the straight legs feature thick feet that resemble those of a hare or cat. The tail is long and is held low with an upward curve. The coat is short and smooth and comes in a wide range of colours including black, fawn and red and can either be solid colour or a mixture of...

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