Whippet

Published: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson

Average size and lifespan

chihuahua silouette
great dane silouette
Height: 1ft 6in - 1ft 10in
Weight: 22-40lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 15 Years

Behavior

  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly4/5
  • Dog-Friendly4/5
  • Barking Amount1/5

Care

  • Grooming Difficulty1/5
  • Shedding Amount4/5
  • Easy to Train3/5
  • Can Be Alone2/5
  • Exercise Need4/5

Environment

  • Cold Tolerance1/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

Whippet Information

WhippetTalk about a speed demon! Amazingly, the Whippet can run at speeds up to 35 miles per hour. In fact, he is the fastest domesticated animal in his weight category of 15-30 pounds. The breed, like an English Greyhound only smaller, has the elegant, graceful athleticism of a racehorse but with a serious lazy streak. He may run fast in bursts, but afterward you’ll find him lounging on the couch for the rest of the day.

Powerful and graceful, this pet does well in small spaces and makes an excellent apartment dog since he he rarely barks and is generally calm once he gets his quota of exercise. He is affectionate and warm and loves to snuggle up to his owners!

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Breed FAQs

Can Whippets be apartment dogs?

Whippets aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can Whippets be left alone?

Whippets don't like being left alone for too long. They tend to show some symptoms of seperation anxiety when left apart from their owners for long periods of time.

Are Whippets good with kids?

Whippets can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Whippets friendly with strangers?

Typically, Whippets are friendly with strangers. They tend to be open and willing to trust those they don't know.

Do Whippets get along with other dogs?

Typically, Whippets get along well with other dogs or are easy to socialize with them. It's uncommon that they're overly agressive.

Do Whippets bark a lot?

Whippets don't bark very often of may never bark. Most barking is trained or in extreme situations.

Do Whippets shed a lot?

Whippets shed quite a bit. You'll need to brush them often to limit the hair on your floors and clothing.

Do Whippets need a lot of grooming?

With a Whippet you won't need to dedicate any extra time to special grooming. Their coats are easy to deal with.

Do Whippets need a lot of exercise?

The Whippet has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are Whippets easy to train?

Although Whippets can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.

Can Whippets handle cold weather?

Expect Whippets to not do well with the cold. If you live in a cold climate you'll need to take special consideration for this breed.

Can Whippets handle hot weather?

Whippets do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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