Other names Snapdog

Adult size Medium

Variants None

Coat type Short hair

Weight 12 - 13 kg

Height 44 - 51 cm

Life expectancy 12 - 15 years

Required daily excersie More than 60 minutes

Good with small children Yes

Non-shedding No

Hypoallergenic No


With the appearance of a medium sized Greyhound, the Whippet is an elegant and powerful breed. In the past they have been used by poachers, primarily as they are capable of great intensity during sporting pursuits. In fact, they are the fastest of its weight and can reach speeds up to 56 kilometres per hour. To release this energy, ensure you take them outside often for runs around the yard. Whippets rarely bark and are friendly with nearly everyone they meet. They are playful and athletic but at the same time can become the perfect couch potato, and will love cuddling up next to you.

Lifestyle and Living Environment

Whippets are touch sensitive and are startled easily when touched unexpectedly or grabbed for a hug. Early socialisation is necessary to keep them from becoming fearful of new situations. Their independent temperament can sometimes make them difficult to train but for the most part they are co-operative, and using a crate will help greatly. If you want to take your whippet for a walk make sure its not too cold - they short hair will not keep their bodies warm enough.

Common Health Issues

Whippets are prone to: Anesthesia Sensitivity, Deafness, Eye Disease, Von Willebrand's Disease.