Dog breeds – the Whippet

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When you think of fast dogs, usually the Greyhound or the Saluki comes to mind. Both of them are fairly tall members of the sight hound group of dogs. The Whippet even though it looks like the larger Greyhound is a separate breed of dog. The Whippet was recognized as a separate breed in the 1800’s. The height of the Whippet averages from 17 to 20 inches tall. They have a average lifespan for a dog of 12 to 15 years. They are indeed a fast dog and at one time was called the “poor man’s Greyhound”. Their bodies are noted for being one of the best best fat burners in the dog world, it is fairly rare for a Whippet to be overweight.

Whippets come in many different colors. Black, tan and brindle are among the most common. They are a short hair breed and their skin is also thin so it makes the a poor candidate for kennel or outside living. They are a very clean and well behaved dog when raised properly. They love children but will chase cats unless raised with them.

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