We always love getting emails from our customers & readers asking us to feature their dog or favorite breed for our Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed blog series every Thursday. As always we are honored to oblige. We are excited to feature the Whippet!

Whippet

Height: Male: 19-22 inches; Female: 18-21 inches

Weight: 20-40 lbs

Coat: The Whippet has a short, tight, and smooth coat. Firm in texture, yet soft. Coat patterns range from spots, and patches to blazes. Coat does not adapt well to colder climates so this breed needs a considerable amount of protection from cold weather. Coat should remain fairly weather resistant given the length, and texture.

Color: Beige, red, fawn, brindle, blue, roan, black, black and white, or white with streaked or yellow patches.

Appearance: The Whippet is a lean, graceful sight hound that looks like a tiny Greyhound. The head and muzzle are long, the chest is deep and the neck, back and loins are arched. The ears fold back when in repose and are semi-pricked when the dog is alert. The eyes vary in color, depending on the individual, but the darker they eye color, the better. The strong teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The short coat comes in a variety of colors and patterns including black, fawn, blue, solid or mixed. Since Whippets are so thin and have very fine coats, they do not tolerate cold weather and need to wear a coat when going outside in the winter.

Temperament: Whippets are amiable, fun-loving, docile, energetic, quiet and gentle dogs yet are quite happy sleeping on the couch all day. They are commonly known as the world’s fastest couch potato. This trait makes them excellent apartment dogs coupled with the fact that they do not bark very much. When they are outside, they love to run and play, but care must be taken when exercising a Whippet, if they see anything that catches their eye, they are gone in a flash! Whippets are also surprisingly good jumpers and a well fenced yard is a must! Rather independent, this breed is also a quick learner but does require consistent training methods and variety as they bore quickly.They are easier to train than most sight hounds. Whippets have many athletic traits, and are great sprinters and excel at such sports as agility and fly ball. The Whippet is a very sensitive breed and should never be roughly handled, as shyness is a factor. They are very affectionate with their family members, but care must be taken with smaller children since this dog is quite fragile. Not recommended as a kennel pet, the Whippet is best suited as a household companion. They generally get on well with other dogs and house pets, but are not above occasionally chasing the cat. Some bloodlines can be timid and shy, so early socialization is important to have a good canine citizen.

Health: The life expectancy for a Whippet is about 12-15 years. They are generally healthy, and are not prone to the frequent ear infections, skin allergies, or digestive problems that can afflict other breeds. Genetic eye defects, though quite rare, have been noted in the breed. Hip dysplasia is unknown in whippets. Undescended testicles are common in the breed. The heart of a whippet is large and slow beating, often being arrhythmic or even intermittent when the animal is at rest. This sometimes causes concern to the owner, or to the vet not experienced with the breed. Whippets will, however, demonstrate a regular heartbeat during exercise. Cardiac problems were shown to be the second leading cause of mortality in Whippets.

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