The Whippet has an appearance that is both elegant and athletic. In line with its general appearance, its limbs are long and lean. The thighs are well defined. Its front legs, when viewing it from its profile, are straight. The hind legs are wide and well angled. The neck is elongated and very angular as it transitions to the long and flat shoulders, and straight back. The breed has a head that is small with a long muzzle that is somewhat pointed at the base. It has a vague stop and a prominent, black nose. This breed’s coat lies close to its body and is very short.


The Whippet is usually a good companion breed for families. It is bred a hunter and may not coexist peacefully with small pets that live in its household. If this breed will live with other pets, it is a good idea to raise the Whippet and the other pet together. It is a good companion for all children, but tends to do best with children that are school age. The breed is a highly effective watch dog.

Height and Weight

Male height: 19-22 inches Male weight: 18-28 pounds Female height: 18-21 inches Female weight: 15-20 pounds

Health Problems

The Whippet is associated with very few health problems. It may develop skin irritations and stomach problems.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Whippet can easily adapt to a variety of living conditions. Types that are kept outdoors are fine within a yard that is average size. Indoor types are active, but can easily become lazy.


The Whippet is a breed that enjoys the freedom of wide open spaces. Outdoor types should obtain the exercise they need. The need for exercise is greatest for Indoor types.

Life Expectancy

The Whippet has an average life expectancy of 12-15 years.

Litter Size

The Whippet has an average litter size of 4-8 puppies.


The coat of the Whippet is one of the easiest to maintain. Its short and smooth texture will continue to stay healthy with regular brushing.


The Whippet originates from North England. The breed was developed some time during the 1800s




There are several colors that are associated with the Whippet. The breed’s coat may be black, red, or yellow. The coat may be a combination coat or a solid color.