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Average Height & Weight

The Whippet is considered a MEDIUM dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 19 to 22 inches.

Weight: 20 to 40 pounds.

Females – Height: 19 to 22 inches.

Weight: 20 to 40 pounds.

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Typical Coloring

Whippets are commonly black, blue, fawn, red, sable, tan or white.





Intense and focused on the race track, and sweet and mellow when they’re off it, Whippets make terrific companions. They are very sensitive and do not react well to harsh words or treatment from their owners.




Activity Level

Whippets are a medium-energy breed.

Though Whippets are most associated with racing, they are only a medium-energy breed. A long walk or quick jog can satisfy their daily exercise requirements. They do enjoy outdoor play.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

12 to 15 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concern for Whippets is lacerations, which they are prone to more than other breeds. Deafness and eye defects are seen occasionally. They can be sensitive to anesthesia.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Whippets have a medium tolerance for hot climates and a low tolerance for cold climates. They are very adverse to cold weather.





Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Whippets make terrific family pets. They are very gentle with kids, and very friendly toward other dogs and other household pets.




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