Athletic and elegant, the whippet is an English Greyhound in miniature. Originally bred as hunters, they combine the swift gracefulness of a greyhound and the tenacity of a terrier. And they are fast, capable of speeds up to 35 mph! This of course has made them popular in organized racing but are also still utilized as hunting dogs. Their trusting and affable nature, as well as their adaptability and low maintenance coat, endears them to many as family companions. They need plenty of exercise to keep them healthy and happy but prefer the comforts of the indoors to a kennel. Lure coursing is a popular organized canine activity where they can showcase their great speed and socialize too!