Whippig

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20-30 lbs
17-20"
Unknown
Whippet
Italian Greyhound

The Whippig is a recent hybrid breed developed from crossing an Italian Greyhound with a Whippet. Whippigs are energetic and playful but also love to snuggle when they’ve had a chance to burn off some of their energy, which means they are happy living anywhere. Their parent breeds are both sighthounds, so Whippigs have inherited a prey drive which means they aren’t the best fit for households with other small pets. Whippigs require minimal grooming due to their short coats and would be a great pet for with anyone with time to give them plenty of attention.

Purpose
Companionship
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Whippet, Italian Greyhound

Whippig Health

Average Size
Male Whippig size stats
Height: 17-20 inches Weight: 20-30 lbs
Female Whippig size stats
Height: 17-20 inches Weight: 20-30 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Anesthesia Sensitivity/Allergy
  • Bone Fractures
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Full Body Physical Examination
  • DNA for VWD
  • Hip and Knee

Whippig Breed History

Not much is known about the history of the Whippig since it is still quite a new breed, however, its parent breeds, the Italian Greyhound and the Whippet have lengthy histories. The Italian Greyhound is believed to have originated in Greece and Turkey but it charmed its way into the hearts of Italian nobles and that is how it received its name. There are many paintings from as far back as the Middle Ages featuring dogs that look similar to the Italian Greyhound but the breed as we know it gained popularity in the 1600s as a prized pet, this time of English nobility. Famous historical figures such as Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Victoria, and many more, were admirers of these handsome dogs. The Italian Greyhound wasn’t content to stay in Europe, however, and made its way to the United States where it was admitted into the American Kennel Club in 1886. The Whippet was developed during the 1800s by workers in England who bred Greyhounds with Terriers to create a smaller, but still very fast, sighthound. Competitions were held to see which dog could catch prey the fastest, or sometimes they would simply race the dogs and bet on which would win. When they weren’t racing their Whippets, the working class used them to hunt rabbits. It’s no wonder that these dogs have a strong prey drive to this day! The Whippet was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888. Despite its origins as a working dog, the Whippet’s friendly personality and playful energy have made it a popular choice for companionship in recent years.

Whippig Breed Appearance

The Whippig is a slender dog with long legs and a broad chest. They have strong, powerful hindquarters to help them reach the high running speeds their parent breeds are known for. The skull is narrow and the eyes are set to the sides, giving the dog a wide range of vision. The ears fold forward at the tips but are usually held back against the skull. Whippigs typically have short, smooth coats, but it is possible for them to have long coats as well, though this is rare. Their fur may come in any color imaginable with any variation of markings. Their eyes are typically dark brown and their nose may be dark brown or black. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Whippig eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Whippig nose
Black
brown Whippig nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Whippig coat
Brindle
white Whippig coat
White
cream Whippig coat
Cream
red Whippig coat
Red
brown Whippig coat
Brown
gray Whippig coat
Gray
black Whippig coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Whippig straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Whippig Breed Maintenance

Due to their short, smooth coats and low shedding, Whippigs have minimal grooming needs. Monthly brushing is sufficient to remove excess dead hair. They should be bathed only as needed, which won’t be very often because they don’t tend to smell. Because their coats are so short they are very sensitive to cold and will require sweaters in cooler climates. They are likely to hate rain and won’t want to go outside when it is wet out; not even for potty breaks! They will need their nails clipped approximately once every month. It is recommended to brush their teeth a few times per week, or even daily, to minimize bad breath and tartar buildup and to prevent gum disease.

Brushes for Whippig
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Whippig requires monthly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Whippig Temperament

Much like both of its parent breeds, the Whippig is a friendly, affectionate dog. They are energetic and playful but also love to cuddle or simply be near their humans. This is a dog that will happily accompany you on your morning jog and spend the evening watching Netflix from your lap – what’s not to love? Because they are so playful and gentle, they make great companions for children. However, they do have delicate bones, particularly when they are young, so rough housing should be minimized. They can be independent and strong willed when it comes to training, but if you can show them that there is something in it for them they will cooperate. Often affection is the best reward for your Whippig! Italian Greyhounds are notoriously difficult to potty train and the same may be true of your Whippig. Many owners choose to crate train their Whippigs for this reason.Whippigs are typically very friendly toward other dogs, but should be socialized from a young age. They have a strong prey drive and may not do well with cats or other small pets, however, if they are introduced and socialized with them from puppyhood they may be just fine. Whippigs are intelligent and sensitive and will be in tune with your moods; if you are stressed, they will be too. They may develop separation anxiety if they are left alone frequently for extended periods. 

Whippig Activity Requirements

The Whippig is an active breed who will do best with about 60 minutes of activity each day. Like many breeds, they can become destructive and mischievous if they don’t receive sufficient exercise. Because they have such a strong prey drive and can run up to 25 mph, it’s important to keep your Whippig on a leash during walks. They do well romping and playing in fenced yards, but be sure the fence is high enough that they can’t jump over it! Whippigs are great dogs for agility competitions because they are smart and speedy! When Whippigs are well exercised, they make great house companions as they love to snuggle. Whippigs do best in warmer climates because they are sensitive to the cold, and tend to dislike rainy weather, but, they can adapt as long as they have a warm jacket!

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Whippig Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Whippig Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Whippig size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Whippig size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 15 lbs
12 Months
Male Whippig size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 18 lbs
Female Whippig size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 18 lbs
18 Months
Male Whippig size stats at 18 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 25 lbs
Female Whippig size stats at 18 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 25 lbs

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