Whippet Breeders, Breed Clubs, Background and Rescue
The Whippet is the smallest of hounds originally used for hare coursing; standing at no more than 20″ and quite light, at 12.5-14kg, th Whippet is a lean, neat, athletic and immensely elegant dog. He was developed during the 19thC by numerous crosses between Greyhounds, selected for their speed, and terriers for size and tenacity. Also known as “the working man’s racehorse” he has been raced particularly in the North East of England, where a great affection developed for the breed.
Whippet races were often held in the narrow alleyways that ran behind the terraces of houses and so the Whippet developed into a ‘straight racer’, unlike the Greyhound who follows a curving track. Some could cover 200m in as little as 12 seconds. Created by sportsmen for speed on the track or in the field, he is a dog totally free from exaggeration and bred solely for function.
The Whippet coat is very fine and smooth and can be of any colour, but he does feel the cold and should be warmly bedded and have a coat during the winter. He is a very gentle, affectionate and even-tempered and makes an excellent housedog. He loves the company of his family and is totally adaptable to their lifestyle. As a hound, he is of course quite sensitive and does not handle rough play particularly well.
He is much less keen to escape from his garden than most hounds, but the working type especially can channel their energy into very high jumps and view a weldmesh fence as the next best thing to a ladder.
The Whippet is a lovely dog, extremely neat and clean he makes a charming pet who will whilst he loves to run will not be forever demanding exercise.
Rescue and Rehoming
Scruples is dedicated to Whippet Rescue. If you need support with your own hound you should first contact your dog’s breeder. Both the Clubs as well as Scruples should be able to help if necessary, and for people looking to adopt a Whippet.