Dwarf Greyhound, Snap Dog

The Whippet looks fragile in appearance but has great endurance due to his strength and developed musculature. Not aggressive at all, he lives in harmony with others, both humans and animals. Cohabitation is very easy. The comfort of the home is more pleasant to him than life in the garden even if he cannot live without his daily outing to carry out his great passion, the fast race.

Height 44 to 51 cm
Weight 10 to 13 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 15 years
Hair Loss Low
Excercise Need High
Home country United Kingdom (UK)

Quick Overview of the Whippet


  • Reserved and rather shy
  • Loves his family and children
  • Sociable and affectionate
  • Receptive to education


  • Great strength
  • Impressive muscles
  • Elegant and graceful silhouette
  • Tight, short and very fine coat


  • Excellent health
  • Rarely ill
  • Excellent life expectancy

Temperament of the Whippet

Reserved and rather shy, the Whippet has a character similar to other sighthounds. He loves to run, it is his only passion.

Apart from that, he loves his family and children. He is very sociable, affectionate and loves to cuddle.

The Whippet also enjoys the comfort of the cushions or sofa in the house.

He is very receptive to education and socialization does not cause him any issue. However, it needs to be firm enough to carry out his education. He is naturally docile and intelligent, and a good, firm education will be easy and will allow him to develop properly knowing in advance what is expected of him.

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Breed Appearance


The Whippet has great muscle power and an impressive musculature for his size.


Between 47 and 51 cm (18.50 to 20.08 inches) for the male
Between 44 and 47 cm (17.32 to 18.50 inches) for the female


Between 10 and 13 kg (22.05 to 28.66 pounds) for the male
Between 10 and 13 kg (22.05 to 28.66 pounds) for the female


His dress can be very varied. All colours and blends are allowed.


His dense coat is short and very fine.


His bright eyes are oval-shaped. His ears are small and of very fine texture. His nose matches the colour of the coat. His tail is slightly curved and very slender.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 10, section 3 and is #162

Characteristics of the Whippet

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Whippet puppy: between and
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder
Average monthly budget for a Whippet:
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Tips About this breed

Very happy in a cynodrome (circuit for greyhound racing), the Whippet must be able to run every day.

It is not a game in his case, it is a passion and vital need. Racing is a vital part of his existence.

Due to his size, the Whippet can live anywhere. In an apartment or in the country, he will be very happy as long as he has the time and a place for racing.

The Whippet loves the comfort of soft cushions and the cosy corner of the fireplace.

Once his daily run is completed, he can relax on the sofa in the middle of the cushions and take his well-deserved nap after a well performed exercise.

Health of the Whippet

Despite his very fragile appearance, the Whippet is in excellent health and rarely gets sick. His life expectancy is generally very long. Races may increase the risk of injury or fractures, but otherwise, this dog is in excellent health.

Because of his short coat, he can sometimes be more sensitive to cold and drafts.


Even if his coat is short-haired, it is preferable to brush it regularly in order to remove superfluous hairs. No other special care is necessary.

History of this breed

Belonging to the greyhound family, the Whippet is thought to be a cross between the Fox Terrier and the Greyhound. Used as a hunter before the Industrial Revolution, the masters had to find ways to make him run during the migration to industrial regions.

That's when they made him run behind rags to allow him to exercise. The idea of sport was born. Although the Whippet races weren't as popular as Greyhound races, the original idea became a sport in itself.

Officially recognized in 1888, the Whippet entered the English Kennel Club around 1900.

Resembling Pharaoh's greyhound, he probably arrived in England around the 15th century. His name is a slight derivative of the English "whip it" meaning "whip him". He was recognized in England as the "racehorse of the poor" because of his involvement in greyhound racing.

The working class of the time was prohibited from owning Greyhounds because they were reserved for royalty, so they appropriated Whippet greyhounds to satisfy their passion for racing despite this prohibition.

The Whippet's speed can generally reach up to 40 km (25 miles) per hour. The fastest feat for a Whippet was recorded at 49 km (31 miles) per hour.

Even though his first use was for racing, he is now very much appreciated for his great qualities as a companion dog.

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