Graceful, agile and highly adaptable, the adorable Whippet is the perfect fit for the right family. By Michelle Segal.
The versatility of the endearing Whippet will have it racing around the oval at lightening speed one minute and jostling for the best spot on the couch the next. While most people assume this beautiful hound was born only to run, the truth is it enjoys nothing more than lazing around the house with the family and grabbing the best spot on the sofa for a long, restful nap. Belonging to the Sighthound group of dogs, which includes the Greyhound, Afghan Hound, Saluki and Borzoi, the agile Whippet is an adorable pooch that injects a huge amount of loyalty, fun and love into any household. They are extremely friendly dogs, which adapt well to their environments. They are particularly well suited to families because of their small, easily manageable size and easy-to-care-for coat.
Self-confessed Whippet fan Rae Mitchelson, of the Whippet Association of Victoria, began her love affair with the breed 14 years ago. “I am besotted with this wonderful breed of dog,” she confesses. “I love their loyalty. I love their sense of humour. I love looking at them, as they are like porcelain statues. I love their calmness, and when coming home after a stressful day at work, it’s such a joy and comfort to be greeted so warmly.”