Breed Order: 236
Breed Name: Whippet
Origin: Great Britain
The origin of the whippet is obscure, but it is believed that it evolved in Britain during the past three centuries. It probably descends from small greyhounds and various types of terriers and was even used early in its history for racing and rabbiting.
In some whippets the lively terrier blood is still apparent while others have the quiet disposition typical of the sighthound. It would be difficult to find a more easily manageable and attractive house dog and companion.
In conformation, the whippet is a smaller copy of the greyhound (64), though with a slightly sturdier frame. The head is long and lean, the jaws powerful and the eyes dark. The ears are fine in texture, with the tips folded when the dog is alert. The back is slightly arched over the loin with well defined flanks. It gives a general impression of beautifully balanced muscular power combined with great elegance.
Fawn, brindle and white in various combinations are the most common colours, but any colour or mixture of colours is acceptable. Height at shoulder is just over 18in for dogs and about 17in for bitches.
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