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Whippet (Side View, Standing)
Side View, Standing

Breed Information


2022: #54

2021: #57

2020: #59

2019: #57

2018: #61

2017: #61

2016: #60

2015: #57

Name Whippet
Other names English Whippet, Snap Dog
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group

Hound (AKC:1888)

Sighthound & Pariah (UKC)

Size Small to Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years








Male: 19 - 22 inches (47 - 56 cm)

Female: 18 - 21 inches (44 - 54 cm)

Weight 25 - 45 pounds (11 - 21 kg)







Litter Size 4-8 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $2000 - $2500 USD

Usually, the average price of an Whippet puppy from a reputable breeder is between $2,000 and $2,500, while a top-quality English Whippet puppy can cost as high as $3,500. Their price depends upon the pup’s age, sex, quality, pedigree, and breeder’s location.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

5 stars

This breed is sensitive to the cold. Wearing a coat is advised in the winter. These dogs will do okay in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised. Whippets are calm indoors and a small yard will do.

Barking Tendencies

1 stars


Cat Friendly

1 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

3 stars

The Whippet kept as a pet should have regular opportunities to run free on open ground (in a safe area) as well as a brisk daily walk on a leash. It is a sighthound and will chase and kill small animals so a fenced yard is essential.


1 stars

Low Maintenance: Grooming is only necessary once in a while to maintain upkeep. Little to no trimming or stripping needed.

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


4 stars

Ranking: #51 Full Ranking List


3 stars

Shedding Level

2 stars

And although they don’t shed as heavily as other breeds, you’ll still want to keep a lint roller on hand.

Stranger Friendly

3 stars


3 stars

Moderately Easy Training: It is important to include much variety in the training of a Whippet. It will respond well if training includes games and running. However, it is not possible to achieve perfect obedience from this dog.

Watchdog Ability

3 stars

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Whippet Puppy (Blue, Muzzle)
Blue, Muzzle

Whippet Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Charlie Lucy
02 Max Bella
03 Finn Coco
04 Jake Holly
05 Riley Lola
06 Duke Molly
07 Louie Chloe
08 Ace Dixie
09 Oscar Layla
10 Luke Kona
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Whippet is a greyhound in miniature, the whippet is among the sleekest of dogs, with a curvaceous, streamlined silhouette, long legs and a lean physique. It is the ultimate sprinter, unsurpassed by any other breed in its ability to accelerate to top speed and to twist and turn with unequaled agility. The whippet is a lightweight version of the greyhound, with an especially supple top-line and powerful hindquarters enabling it to execute the double-suspension gallop at its most extreme. It is square or slightly longer than tall. The gait is low and free-moving. The expression is keen and alert.

Perhaps the most demonstrative and obedient of the true sighthounds, the whippet makes an ideal pet for people who want a quiet house dog and absolutely devoted companion. The whippet is extremely gentle with children and can make an excellent companion for them. It is calm indoors but loves to run and play outdoors. It is extremely sensitive (both physically and mentally) and cannot take rough treatment or harsh corrections.


The Whippet was developed at the end of the 19th century through crossing among the Greyhound, the Italian Greyhound, and another terrier type dog. Its name derives from the expression "whip it," meaning “to move quickly.” The Whippet is an outstanding track racer over short distances, reaching speeds of up to 37 miles per hour (60 km per hour), reaching those speeds in seconds! Coursing these dogs was an entertaining form of gambling for the lower classes in England and the Whippet was nicknamed "the poor man’s racehorse." The Whippet was recognized by AKC in 1888 and by the English Kennel Club in 1891. Some of the Whippet's talents include: hunting, sighting, watchdog, racing, agility and lure coursing.


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