Whippets are a true sporting hound, bred for speed and are the fastest domesticated animal for their weight, capable of up to 56 kilometres per hour. Whilst Whippets look like miniature greyhounds, sleek and built for speed, it is unclear exactly which breeds were used to create the Whippet. It is however thought that Bedlington Terriers played an important role in the establishment of this breed.

The origins and popularity of the Whippet extend to the north of England where they were raced by working man and expected to earn their keep through winnings. Today the Whippet is predominantly a much-loved gentle pet for all age groups and lifestyles.


There are few dogs that are as clean and well-behaved in the house, or as easy to feed and maintain. The Whippet makes for a quiet, dignified, unobtrusive, yet highly decorative addition to any household. Blessed with a gentle and affectionate nature, the Whippet is anxious to please their owners and are easy to train. Whippets make truly wonderful companions and are ideal for all family types including the elderly and families with young children.

Average Lifespan

Approximately 14 years

Grooming and care

The Whippet is a low maintenance dog, with very little grooming required.


Although the Whippet looks somewhat delicate, they are in fact, an aero-dynamically constructed canine athlete, with a hardy constitution. They enjoy walking, running or playing regardless of the weather conditions outside. However, if left alone for long periods some Whippets will take to the garden to dig. An adequate exercise program consisting of at least 30 minutes of activity a day will keep them in top condition and away from those garden beds!

Health Concerns

For the latest research in breed-related problems in Whippets visit the University of Sydney’s website.