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“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.

General Appearance

The Whippet should be a dog of moderate size, very alert, that can
cover a maximum of distance with a minimum of lost motion, a true
sporting hound. Should be put down in hard condition but with no
suggestion of being muscle-bound.


Ideal height for Dogs 19-22 inches (48-56 cm); for Bitches, 18-21
inches (46-53 cm). These are not intended to be definite limits, only
Coat and Colour
Coat close, smooth, and firm in texture. Colour immaterial.


The Whippet is gentle, friendly, calm and amiable. He prefers being treated as a member of the family.

Activity Level

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)