USD $800-$1200 Price Avg.

Hunting Dogs



Breed Type



12-15 years


Breed Information

Group Hunting Dogs
Popularity/Rank 61
Origin England
Other Names English Whippet, Snap Dog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $800-$1200
How much does a Whippet cost?
According to a rough estimate, you will spend between $800 to $1200 on your Whippet if you purchase it from a reputable breeder. If you select a dog with exceptional bloodlines, the price may be higher. The price might even be higher if the dog has already been trained. You'll usually pay less if you get a Whippet from a shelter.
Size Medium
Weight 25 - 45 pounds (11 - 21 kg)
Height Male: 18.5-20 inches (46-51 cm),
Female: 17.5-19 inches (44-48 cm)
Lifespan 12-15 years
Recognized by AKC, FCI
The American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Hound breed. And FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Short-haired Sighthounds section.
Purpose racing, rabbit coursing
Date of Origin 1800s
Ancestry Greyhound, Spaniel, Terrier

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Close in texture, Fine, Short
Coat Colors Any colour or mixture of colours., Black, Blue, Cream, Fawn, Red, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Blue, Brindle, Fawn, Red, White
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Normal
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Nail Clipper, Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency Monthly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Adaptable, Affectionate, Caring, Companionable, Delicate, Friendly, Gentle, Intelligent, Lively, Outright, Peaceful, Quiet
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Addison's Disease, Arthritis, Deafness, Drug Sensitivity, Heart Murmurs, Heart Problems, Hypothyroidism, Kidney Issues, Vaccination Sensitivity, Von Willebrand's Disease
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness Low
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 2.8 cups
Daily Cost $1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost $34.00 - $45.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Whippet have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 4-8 puppies (Once a year.)


The Whippet is a medium-sized breed of dog that is known for its sleek and graceful appearance. They have a long, slender body with short legs and a narrow head. Their coat is usually short and smooth, ranging in color from white to black or brindle. The Whippet has been around since the 1800s and was originally bred as a hunting dog.

The lifespan of the Whippet is typically between 12-15 years, with some living up to 18 years old. They are considered small to medium sized dogs, weighing between 20-40 pounds when fully grown. The colors of the Whippet can range from white to black or brindle, with some having markings on their face or chest.

The personality of the Whippet is generally friendly and gentle, making them great family pets. They are intelligent dogs that can be trained easily if given consistent guidance and positive reinforcement. They are also very loyal companions who will bond closely with their owners over time.

Whippets are generally friendly towards other dogs, children, and other animals if they have been properly socialized from an early age. However, they may be wary of strangers at first until they get used to them being around them regularly.

The temperament of the Whippet is usually calm but alert; they make excellent watchdogs due to their keen sense of hearing and sight as well as their natural instinct for protection over their family members or territory if necessary.

Whippets tend to be healthy overall but may suffer from certain health issues such as hip dysplasia or eye problems due to their long faces which can cause breathing difficulties in some cases; regular vet checkups should help keep these issues under control if any arise during your pet’s lifetime.

Whippets adapt well to most environments but do best in homes where there is plenty of space for them to run around in; they love going on walks or playing fetch outdoors so having access to an outdoor area would be ideal for this breed’s needs! The benefits of owning a Whippet include having an intelligent companion who loves spending time with you while also providing protection when needed; plus they’re low maintenance when it comes grooming needs!


The Whippet is a medium-sized sighthound breed that originated in England in the late 18th century. The Whippet was originally bred to be a hunting dog, but it was later used for racing and as a companion dog. The Whippet breed almost became extinct in the early 20th century, but it was saved by a few dedicated breeders. The Whippet became popular in the United States in the 1970s, and it is now one of the most popular sighthound breeds in the world.

The Whippet's ancestors include the Greyhound, the Italian Greyhound, and the Manchester Terrier. The first recorded mention of the Whippet breed was in 1791, when an English writer described a "light greyhound" that was used for hunting rabbits. The Whippet was recognized as a distinct breed in 1873, and it was first registered with the Kennel Club of England in 1891.

The Whippet was originally bred as a hunting dog, but it soon became popular as a racing dog. In England, "Whippet racing" became a popular sport in the late 19th century, and many dogs were imported to the United States for racing purposes. However, racing popularity declined after World War I, and many Whippets were euthanized or abandoned.

A few dedicated breeders kept the Whippet breed alive during this time, and it eventually regained popularity in England and America. Today, the Whippet is one of the most popular sighthound breeds in the world.

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