Whippets, like greyhound
s, pharaoh hound
s, Afghan Hound
s and Ibizan Hound
s, are a type of sighthound
: that is, a dog
that tracks prey with his eyes. Most sighthounds are more closely related to the Asian Wolves
es than to northern Gray Wolves
. These animals are fast runners
with long skinny legs.
In appearance the whippet looks much like a greyhound (though their ears tend to stick out a bit more) they are about half the size of a greyhound and come in the same variety of colors: white, gray, black, brown, bridle
. They range in size from 20 to 35 pounds.
They are quiet and gentle pet
s who must live indoors since they have little body-fat
or fur… not to mention the fact that they can get very lonely! That said, they are not overly eager to please
dogs who will nag you all the time (as retriever
s tend to) They also a sleep a lot…a whole lot…all over the place. (don’t trip!)
Despite their petite
appearance they have a sturdy “real dog
” bark which they use with discretion. (Some whippet owners swear their dog has no idea how to bark) They are hardy, and can live to be 11-15 years of age with few health problems. Since they were breed to run
, they enjoy a good sprint
every day, but afterwards are content to sleep the day away
on your couch.
You cannot prevent them from sleeping on the couch
, by the way… it’s not worth fighting about this. A whippet will find the softest place in the house and claim it as her own. You can’t blame the poor dears
, though, they’re so boney that resting on a hard surface could give them blisters!