Origin: United Kingdom (England)
Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 12-15 years
Weight: Male: 15-18, Female: 11-15
Height: Male: 19-22, Female: 18-21
Origin of Name: The Whippet is a dog breed of medium size.
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For thousands of years the Greyhound has been the template for the later SeaHound, and the lighthearted Whippet is a highly successful member of this clan of lightning-fast sprinters.
Whippet's story begins in Victorian England. Coal miners from the north country enjoyed dog races and rabbit hunting games during their off days. But they could not afford to feed and raise big athletes like the Greyhound, nor did they have the space to exercise properly. The practical solution of the miners was to breed a smaller version of the Greyhound. Although it is uncertain which breeds were used to make the whippet, the miners clearly did their job well. His handiwork, Whippet, is the fastest breed of its size, reaching speeds of up to 35 mph.
In its early days, the Whippet breed had colorful nicknames such as ""Poor Man's Horse Racing"" and ""Lightning Rag Dog"" (they would chase the rag dragged along an upright course in the early version of Greed). The name Whippet derives from ""Whippet"", an ancient word meaning ""a small dog that screams.""
By the end of the 20th century, the textile workers of Lancashire were migrating to New England. Their whippets were the touches of home they brought to the New World. The Whippet was an instant success in the US, and Whippet racing - for money or just for fun - caught up with people from all walks of life, as in England. The AKC registered its first Whippet in 1888. These days, Whisper provides an excellent outlet for Whippet's speed requirement.