The Whippet is cute and friendly and is one of the most popular breeds of small dogs. People who have a Whippet at home or are planning to get one should read on to learn more about the breed.
Origins of the Whippet
The Whippet is a cross between a regular Greyhound, the Italian Greyhound and a breed of terrier and was first seen towards the end of the 19th century. The breed is known for running extremely quickly and has been known to reach up to 60 kilometers an hour in a few seconds flat. While the Whippet was originally used in races, it is also a very good hunting dog, while the Whippet also makes an excellent watchdog.
The Whippet’s Personality
Despite its small size, the Whippet packs in plenty of personality and is a real charmer. Among the most common personality traits of the Whippet are intelligence, affection and docility. This dog loves to be around humans and spend time in the home with its two legged companions. The Whippet also loves t
o play games and relates well to children. However, care should be taken not to treat the Whippet too roughly as this breed certainly knows how to defend itself when it feels that it is cornered. People who have other pets at home such as cats, birds and rodents should make sure that they never mix as the Whippet is known to attack animals on sight and is very persistent.
Exercise and Care
The Whippet needs to spend plenty of time running around outside to burn off energy, otherwise it can become very naughty. However, care should be taken to keep the Whippet away from small animals when outside, especially the neighbor’s cats. The Whippet does not need to be bathed very often and the short coat can simply be rubbed with a damp cloth.