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whippet

Whippet

Family: sighthound, Southern (sighthound)
Area of origin: England
Original function: racing, rabbit coursing
Average size of male: Ht: 19-22, Wt: 20-40
Average size of female: Ht: 18-21, Wt: 20-40
Other names: none

Whippet Dog Temperament

Perhaps the most demonstrative and obedient of the true sighthounds, the Whippet makes an ideal pet for people who want a quiet house dog and absolutely devoted companion. The Whippet is extremely gentle with children and can make an excellent companion for them. He is calm indoors but loves to run and play outdoors. The whippet is extremely sensitive (both physically and mentally) and cannot take rough treatment or harsh corrections.

Whippet Dog Care

The Whippet can make a good apartment dog if taken for a long walk or run daily. Grooming is minimal. The Whippet must have a warm, soft bed. He dislikes cold weather intensely and cannot be expected to live outside. The Whippet can play and run in snow and cold weather but should spend inactive times in warmer temperatures. The hair is extremely short and fine, and the whippet is virtually free of "doggy odor."

Whippet Dog Health

Major concerns: none
Minor concerns: none
Occasionally seen: deafness, some eye defects
Suggested tests: none
Life span: 12-15 years
Note: sensitive to anesthesia; prone to lacerations

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