Dog Breed Guide: Whippet

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A Whippet dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Whippet

Height (to base of neck): female 18 – 21″, male 19 – 22″

Weight:  females 14 – 25 lb, male 17 – 28 lb

Color: Any color is accepted.

Origin: England

Coat: Very short straight coat has firm texture that is not coarse and lays flat.

Life Expectancy: 12 – 14 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames: Snap-dog

Is a Whippet the Right Dog Breed for You?

Whippets were bred for maximum speed and agility in races, especially the steeple chase.  Most are bred as companion animals today and this breed is affectionate and easy to handle.  They tend to be quiet and lazy in the house, but can be spirited outside and when playing.  They are gentle and good with children.  They do have a high prey drive and like to chase smaller pets and may not do well with cats.  They need close human contact and because of their very short coat and low body fat they are best suited to indoor living.  They are low shedding with minimal grooming needs.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Whippet 

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Expensive Claim 
 Skin Allergies  $482  $1,112
 Lacerations  $361  $785
 Cancer  $2,521  $7,748
 Lipoma  $407  $853
 Ear Infection  $227  $385

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