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14 Quick Facts About Whippets

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

#1 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.

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

It`s a small yipping dog.

#3 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

#4 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.

#5 Sometimes they are called “snap dogs”

Whippets would enter arenas with rabbits and “snap” them up.