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whippet,breed of small, slender houndhound,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs bred to hunt animals. Most of the dogs in this group hunt by scent, their quarry ranging from such large game as bear or elk to small game and vermin; ground scenters trail slowly with the head low, and
..... Click the link for more information. developed in England in the mid-18th cent. It stands between 18 and 22 in. (45.7–55.8 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs about 20 lb (9 kg). Its close-lying, smooth coat may be any color but is usually white, tan, or gray. Developed from crosses of greyhound, terrier, and, later, Italian greyhound, the whippet was used for coursing hares in an enclosed area, a sport that became popular when bullbaiting and bearbaiting were outlawed. Today it is raised primarily as a race dog and pet. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal and fox also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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a breed of hunting dog, closely related to the borzoi. The origin of the whippet is unknown. In the 18th and 19th centuries the breed was used for hare coursing. Later it came to be used in sports competitions, in which the dogs are raced in pursuit of hares. The whippet is also a popular house pet.
Bred in Europe and North America, the whippet is a small dog, standing 47–48 cm high at the shoulder. The body is light and slender, and the musculature is compact and well developed. The coat is short and smooth and lacks an undercoat. The coloration is black, white, or various shades of rust and can be tiger-like or spotted. The whippet, which has a lively and energetic temperament, surpasses other borzois in speed.