The elegant, yet powerful Whippet was originally bred in the late 18th century for hunters searching for rabbit and other small game. Like all sight hounds, they love to run and chase. Their thin coat comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Whippets are very gentle, affectionate, and love being around their family. Due to their thin skin and low body fat, ensure your Whippet has a nice, comfy bed to lay on. For cold weather walks, they will need a sweater to help keep them warm. They love to run full speed, and are content curling up beside you on the couch.
Common Health Conditions
- Whippets can suffer chronic diarrhea simply from stress, food intolerance's, or from gastrointestinal diseases such as colitis (inflammatory bowel disease).
- Due to their wiry frame, Whippets are prone to musculoskeletal injuries (fractures, pulled muscles or ligaments, broken toes, paw injuries, etc.) when they romp, jump, and play.
- Most dogs love to run and play outside. Many would fetch the ball for you for hours on end if given the chance. Often, they’re having so much fun, they don’t realize they could be damaging their paws.