Other names : English Whippet, Snap Dog

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Life expectancy

The Whippet has a life expectancy of between 12 and 15 years



Adult size

Female Between 17 and 19 in
Male Between 19 and 20 in

Adult weight

Female Between 20 and 35 lb
Male Between 20 and 35 lb
Coat colour
Black White Brown Blue Red Sand
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Whippet costs between £400 and £580

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More details about the Whippet

Whippet: Origins and history

His origins go back more or less a century, since the Whippet was officially recognised by the UK Kennel Club in 1900. The first specimens actually saw the light of day in the 17th century. This breed probably descends from a cross between a Fox Terrier and Bull Terrier, and according to some other sources, the Italian Greyhound. The sighthound reportedly owes its name to the old English expressions ‘whip up’ or ‘whip it’, signifying ‘fast as lighting’. These expressions would be used by English miners as commands, aimed at encouraging the hounds to chase for hares, or during races.

FCI classification of the Whippet

  • Group 10 - Sighthounds

  • Section 3 : Short-haired Sighthounds

Training a Whippet

This sighthound has very good memory and functions on the ‘if it works, let me do it again’ principle. Actually, as soon as the Whippet pup integrates the home, certain rules of conduct and limits must be established, to prevent the dog from developing any bad habits. 

Training must be strict but gentle at the same time, given how easy it is to offend this highly sensitive dog.

Whippet: Purchase price

The price of a Whippet varies depending on its origins, age, and sex. You have to count an average of £580  for dogs subscribed to the Kennel Club. 

With regards to the monthly budget required to meet the needs of a dog of this size, you have to estimate an average of £30 per month.

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