Whippet - Appearance & Grooming

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015


The Whippet is a lean, graceful sighthound that looks like a tiny Greyhound. The head and muzzle are long, the chest is deep and the neck, back and loins are arched. The ears fold back when in repose and are semi-pricked when the dog is alert. The eyes vary in color, depending on the individual, but the darker they eye color, the better. The strong teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The short coat comes in a variety of colors and patterns including black, fawn, blue, solid or mixed.

Size and Weight

Males should ideally stand from 19 to 22 inches at the shoulders and females should stand 18 to 21 inches. The length of the dog from chest to buttocks should be equal to or slightly longer than the height. Males average weight is 34 pounds and the average weight for female Whippets is 29 pounds.

Coat and Color

The Whippet coat is short and smooth, lying close to the body. It may come in any color or color pattern including black, red, fawn, blue, cream, or brindle. Patterns range from spots, and patches to blazes.

Grooming Needs

The Whippet's coat only needs to be brushed with a hound mitt once per week to remove loose hair and keep the coat healthy. They only require bathing as needed. The thin coat of the Whippet does not protect well against cuts and scrapes, so he may be more prone to minor skin injuries than other breeds. Be sure to clean all wounds, even minor wounds, to prevent infection.

Check the ears on a weekly basis for signs of infection, irritation, or wax build up. Cleanse regularly with a veterinarian-approved cleanser and cotton ball. Brush the teeth at least once per week to prevent tartar buildup and fight gum disease. Additionally, nails should be trimmed once per month if the dog does not wear the toenails down naturally.

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