14 Quick Facts About Whippets

They can disappear in a second. You should be very attentive with this dog! 


Whippets are the fastest domesticated animals of their weight. They can get up to breakneck speeds of 35 mph. 

#2 The name can be originated from the old English phrase “Whip it”

It means to go swiftly, specifically referring to riders whipping their horses to move more quickly.

#3 Another theory is the name is a misspelling of “wappet”

It`s a small yipping dog.

#4 Whippets have been present in art and literature going back to the 1600s

The idea of an official pure breed didn’t come about until the 1800s

#5 They were considerer the poor`s Greyhound

Greyhounds were seen as refined and elegant dogs, so only the rich had access to them. The poorer class settled for the modest Whippet instead.