Coat & Grooming:The short, smooth coat requires little maintenance
Energy Level:Somewhat Active; This breed has spurts of energetic moments followed by a lazy afternoon
Meet the Whippet
Take an English Greyhound and mix it with a terrier (and perhaps an Italian Greyhound), and you’ll get the sleek and sweet-faced Whippet. At about 15 to 30 pounds full grown, Whippets are the fastest breed of their size, able to run up to 35 miles per hour. In fact, they were popularized by English coal miners, who raced the dogs, earning them the nickname “Poor Man’s Racehorse.” They were also called Snap Dogs for their ability to “snap up” rabbits in an enclosed course. Their short, smooth coats come in all colors and are easy to maintain.
What's Their Story?
Relatively speaking, Whippets are “newbies” on the dog-breed scene—they’ve been around for only about 100 years. A mix between Greyhounds, terriers, and Italian Greyhounds, Whippets hail from England, where they were used for vermin hunting and racing by the working classes. Mill workers brought the breed to north-central Massachusetts, where they gained popularity.
Don’t let the Whippet’s racing background fool you. Although they do have bursts of energy, this breed, like the Greyhound, is often very relaxed and enjoys resting for most of the day. “Coach potato” would be a very appropriate term, especially since they love to jump up on furniture. Apartment dwellers, take note: These dogs do well in small spaces as long as they are exercised properly (on-leash only), and they rarely bark. They do prefer to be with their people over being left alone and will excel at dog sports that allow them to run, like lure coursing.