THE WHIPPET CLUB ALSO ADVOCATES PARTICIPATION IN DOG SPORTS SUCH AS CONFORMATION SHOWING, AGILITY, OBEDIENCE AND LURE COURSING.
Whippets make ideal companions, equally at home in your lounge, or out for a walk. They are athletic, playful, confident, muscular, elegant and the clowns of the dog world.
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For those already smitten by Whippets, come and chat to our Whippet experts for advice on training and caring for your Whippet. Come and see our range of handcrafted specialty leads, coats and Whippet giftware, and find out how you can support our club’s Rescue.
Small to medium size, lean, muscular, athletic dog with an aerodynamically designed body. Their coats are fine and short.
Developed in northern England about a century ago to replace the Fox Terrier in hunting hare. Cross between various Terriers, the Italian Greyhound and Greyhound. Used in competitions staged by miners the name derived from ‘whip up’ or whip it’ with the breed enjoying renewed popularity.
Grooming Needs: Minimal for coat; no doggy odour; nails need regular trimming
Coat Type: Fine, short, soft coat
Moulting: Little shedding
Exercise Needs: The breed is not demanding and enjoy a daily walk or jogging with owners (once fully mature) but are happy to forego it if it’s too cold, too hot or too wet.
Average Life Span: 15 years
Family: Ideal for young, old and for families. Due to their fine coats and low body fat, they are best allowed access to the house and need to be provided with a warm coat in colder weather.
Temperament: Happy, playful, not aggressive to other dogs or people
Trainability: Intelligent and adaptable dog that responds well to positive training methods; the owner must be patient and gentle
Sociability (Other Pets): Good with other dogs and pets but as a Sighthound, they should be carefully socialised with cats and other small pets to moderate their natural prey drive
Barking: Low tendency
Talents: Can be trained for agility, flyball, obedience, canine freestyle (dancing) in addition to their racing, working and companionship roles
Notes: They are best described as the wicked clowns of the dog world, if you want a dog that will make you laugh, then a Whippet is right for you. Whippets can jump high so good fencing is a must
Stand Number: 708