What is a Whippet?

The Whippet is a medium-sized short-coated sighthound - the family of dogs that hunt by sight instead of by scent. Combining a friendly, amiable disposition with elegance and athleticism, whippets are not for everyone but they are wonderful family pets given the right family. In temperament, the Whippet is affectionate and gentle, but is capable of great intensity during sporting events. Whippets originated in 19th century England, and were first recognized in the United States by the American Kennel Club in 1888.

More information about Whippets

The American Whippet Club website has a good summary of the breed, its characteristics, temperament, health, and more. Go to http://www.americanwhippetclub.net/about-whippets for more information.

Find a whippet

WWWA has a breeder referral volunteer to help connect you with local whippet breeders. Contact Mary Downing at whimsywhippets@gmail.com for more information about the breed and local whippet breeders.