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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!

Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.

Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.

The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.


Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Carnivora
Family - Canidae
Genus - Canis
Species - Canis Lupus
Subspecies - Canis Lupus Familiaris
Breed - Whippet


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