Dog Breeds

Whippet Dog Breed Information

Whippet Dog Breed Information

For his size and weight, the Whippet is the fastest dog of all breeds. In racing, he has been timed at up to 40 miles (64 km) an hour. He is a Greyhound in miniature. Although he looks delicate and shivers with the cold, he is fairly robust and rarely needs a trip to the veterinarian.The Whippet is clean and makes a good pet for the apartment dweller. His very short smooth coat doesn’t require much attention. Any color is permissible, but white with markings of fawn, blue, black, or brindle are the most common. These shades are also seen in solid colors.The Whippet gives the appearance of elegance, grace, and symmetry of outline. He has a low, free-moving, smooth gait, and covers a maximum distance with a minimum of motion. The long, lean head has small ears that are thrown back and folded, except when the dog is excited and they become semierect.

The large eyes have a keen, intelligent, alert expression. The long, tapering tail reaches to the hipbone, when drawn through the hind legs. Not a particularly demonstrative breed, still he is gentle, obedient, and of good size for riding in a car or taking on a trip.

The working breeds consist of three classes: guard, herding, and draft or sled. These are the dogs that stand beside man to lighten his burden, protect his possessions, and herd his livestock. The German Shepherds, Dober- man Pinschers, and Rottweilers make excellent guard dogs. Collies, Great Pyrenees, Pul is, Shetland Sheepdogs, and Welsh Cor-gis long have attended the flocks and herds.

Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, and Siberian Huskies are the sled dogs of the frozen North. For the city dweller, the larger breeds are not suitable.

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