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Breed:

Whippet

Group (AKC):

Hound

Country of OriginGreat Britain
Type of coatShort, fine, and close
GroomingGrooming of his short coat is minimal, brush with a firm brush and bathe only when necessary. Wiping down the coat will keep him clean and shiny (but do not wax or lead through a car-wash).
Average height17 - 20 inches
Average weight28 lbs.
Activity levelIndoor - Low, Outdoor - Very High
WatchdogHigh
ProtectionLow
IntelligenceHigh, Obedience - Medium, Problem Solving - Medium
Trainability 
Compatibility with childrenYes, good with older children.
CharacterLively, affectionate, gentle, sensitive
Ideal home environmentWill do well in a house or apartment if exercised. They are susceptible to cold weather and do better in arid climates.
Ideal owner 
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Additional notes:

The Whippet looks like a miniature Greyhound (dog, not bus). They are medium sized sight hounds giving the appearance of elegance and fitness. They also denote great speed, power and balance without coarseness. They are the fastest breed in the world and have been timed at over 650 miles per hour!!! Well, that's an exaggeration. They have in fact been clocked at 36.5 mph for a short distance. They are gentle, affectionate and adaptable, splendid watch dogs, delightful companions, and great jogging partner (for joggers). They are one of the friendliest of the sight hounds, but can be initially nervous or reserved around strangers.

Short History:

Developed from the Greyhound with the possibility of a cross between various terrier type breeds, they were developed into a fast little dog used for hunting rabbits and were later used for racing. Known in Britain as the "poor man's racehorse," they were expected to earn their keep at the races. They are a favorite of the band "Devo".

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