Whippet Info / Whippet Facts

The Whippet is a British dog breed of medium size. They are a sighthound breed in the AKC hound group that originated in England, where they descended from the Greyhound. Whippets today still strongly resemble a smaller Greyhound. Whippets have relatively few health problems other than arrhythmia, which means quality whippet breeders will have their dogs hearts routinely checked.

Whippets are outstanding track racers over short distances, reaching speeds of up to 37 miles per hour in seconds. With their low shedding and sweet, huggable personality, they are known as incredible companion dogs. Most are content to sleep away the day in their cozy cave dog beds or on the couch, although they also absolutely LOVE to run and play in between naps!

Quick Facts

  • Size: Medium
  • Weight Range: Male: 25-40lbs / Female: 20-35lbs
  • Height: Male: 19-22″ / Female: 18-21″
  • Coat: Short
  • Grooming Needs: Low
  • Talents: Conformation dog shows, hunting by sight, watchdog, racing, agility, obedience, and lure coursing


  • Children:  Best with older, considerate children
  • Friendliness:  Reserved with strangers
  • Trainability:  Very smart, but can lose focus outdoors
  • Independence:  Moderately dependent on people
  • Dominance:  Low
  • Other Pets:  Generally good with other dogs; do not trust with non-canine pets
  • Combativeness:  Friendly with other dogs
  • Noise:  Typically low barkers unless outside alone
  • Indoors:  Relatively inactive indoors
  • Owner:  Good for novice owners


  • Grooming: Very little grooming required
  • Shedding: Minimal
  • Exercise Requirements: Moderate (excellent jogging companions!)
  • Energy Level: Zoom & Crash
  • Longevity Range: 12-15 yrs.
  • Tendency to Drool or Snore: Low 
  • Tendency to Dig: Usually low 
  • Social/Attention Needs: High – they love their people to a fault!
  • Notes: Sensitive to the cold. Skin can tear easily. A clean dog, easy to care for and easy to travel with. OK in an apartment if sufficiently exercised.