“The Whippet and the Greyhound stem from common stock. However, it is generally conceded that the Whippet was bred to his present form in Britain, where he was known as “the poor man’s racehorse.” Whippet racing became a popular sport with the working class in the north of England. At first, Whippets were slipped to chase live rabbits in an enclosure, but when this sport was outlawed as cruel, lure or ‘rag’ racing came into vogue. The dogs were held on handicap marks by ‘slippers’ who would turn them loose at the starter’s pistol to race 200 yards to their owners, who would wave towels and shout encouragement. Whippets were first brought to this continent by Lancashire textile workers who came to work in New England mills. Here, they continued to provide racing and lure coursing excitement.
The Whippet is gentle, friendly, calm and amiable. He prefers being treated as a member of the family.
Capable of great intensity and keenness when in a sporting mode, the Whippet is dignified and quiet in the home. The breed should have regular outdoor exercise and the occasional good run.
Males measure 19-22 in (48-56 cm) with females standing 18-21 in (46-53 cm).
The coat is close, smooth and firm.
The coat may be any colour or combination of colours.
Gentle brushing is all the grooming required.”
(Source-Canadian Kennel Club)