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Whippet Dog Breed

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Whippet Dog Breed

    • The Whippet is a fairly modern breed, not much more than a couple of hundred years old. He was developed in Northern England, specifically Lancashire and Yorkshire, probably during the late 1700s, by crossing Greyhounds with fast, long-legged terriers. The result was a small, swift dog frequently used by poachers to hunt rabbits and other small game on local estates.

      The Whippet became popular with working men in Northern England, who spent their off hours seeing whose Whippets could kill the most rabbits or rats or whose was the fastest. Whippet races usually took place on a straight track that spread down roads and across fields. The Whippets would chase a rag or piece of cloth, and the contests became known as rag races.

      While the working class bred and perfected the racing and hunting spirit in the breed, it’s said that the upper class perfected the look of the breed as it is today by adding in some Italian Greyhound for refinement. England’s Kennel Club recognized the Whippet as a breed in 1891. The first Whippet to be registered with the American Kennel Club was a dog named Jack Dempsey, in 1888.

      Today the Whippet continues to inspire admiration for his stylish look, versatility, and devoted companionship. He’s ranked 60th among the 155 breeds and varieties recognized by the AKC.

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Meet Rupert the Whippet

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Meet Rupert the Whippet

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 Rupert the Whippet

Meet Rupert the Whippet

This dog loves to dress for any occasion, be it house hold chores or a game of tennis. Rupert’s owner Janet Burton, 56, notice early that her dog loved to pose for a picture.

The now 2.5 year old whippet is seen in many different pictures and poses with Janet saying, “The photos started by accident”.

“It had been a few years since we had a puppy. I didn’t put him straight in with the other whippets so I had a cardboard box at the side of my bed so I could comfort him during the night.”

“Rupert had a habit of jumping up and putting his feet up to look at what I was doing. ‘I just say ‘hop’ and he puts his feet up again. His facial expression looks like he is concentrating on the job, like he knows what he is doing.”

“I had only took pictures of pets because my children had grown up. Rupert replaces the human in the pictures. He doesn’t mind wearing the outfits because whippets wear little jackets in the winter. The magic comes from his expressions.”

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