Similar in stature to the Greyhound, the Whippet is a lithe and stately dog. Whippets have a fine, dense coat that is soft to the touch. The coat comes in many colors, including brindle, black, red fawn, tiger-white and slate blue. These can be solid or mixed variations. Whippets are mild-mannered, friendly and unflaggingly loyal to their owners. Give your Whippet a full grooming every 8 to 10 weeks.
Brush the dog at least twice per month with a natural bristle brush. Regular grooming eliminates the need for frequent baths. Whippets are a short-haired breed and shed an average amount of hair.
Bathe the dog when absolutely necessary, using a whitening shampoo on the lighter areas of the dog's coat. Brush with a rubber brush while bathing to remove excess shed hair. Apply a little coat conditioner to add extra shine to the body. Whippets have no natural canine odor.
Run a chamois cloth over the dog's coat frequently to keep it shiny and healthy in appearance.
Apply an aloe skin cream to the elbows, which have a tendency to become callused in breeds the size and build of Whippets.
Use scissors to trim the dog's whiskers if you wish.
Although incredibly strong and agile, Whippets are not vicious dogs. They are very smart and sensitive and respond best to gentle training methods. Whippets have a life expectancy of approximately 12 to 15 years of age. Whippets are the result of cross-breeding between the Greyhound, the Italian Greyhound and the Terrier. Breeders developed them towards the end of the 1800s. Their name is derived from the slang phrase "whip it" because they move very rapidly.
Whippets are susceptible to stomach upset and skin problems.