Whippet – Top 10 Facts

Here are 10 interesting facts about Whippets.
Despite their relatively small stature,   Whippets are undeniably one of the best athletes 
in the dog world. They can do it all: from running   At high speeds to jumping. And while they are 
very impressive in the field, there's more to the   Whippet than their natural abilities. The breed is 
speedy, but they also enjoy the role of man's best   Friend and are loving and cuddly family pets.
Now onto the facts about these dogs that   Will surely leave you amazed!
Fact number 1: They live for speed!
  Right off the bat, it is necessary to 
mention that Whippets are incredibly   Fast. These dogs are easily some of 
the speediest in the canine kingdom.   So just how fast are Whippets? Well, on 
average, they can reach an astounding 34   Miles per hour! But that's only the average. Whippets can actually hit a top speed of 40   Miles per hour when running in full stride! 
For reference, Racing Greyhounds are about   Twice the size of Whippets but only reach 
a few miles an hour extra, which makes   This breed one of the fastest in the world.
Fact number 2: They're the bane of balloons!?
  Have you ever heard of "canine balloon-popping"? Well, it is a thing in the Guinness World Records,   And apparently, this dog sport has 
been around for several decades now.
  Essentially 100 balloons are lined up 
in a 10 by 10 square, and the dog has   To crush every balloon as fast as possible. You may remember a viral video of a Jack Russell   Popping 100 balloons in roughly 39 seconds.
However, two years later, a Whippet named Toby   Destroyed that record. Toby was able to pop all 
100 balloons in just 28.22 seconds! That's more   Than 10 seconds faster than the previous record!
Apparently, a lot of time and preparation was   Needed, and they trained with yellow and blue 
balloons that are easier colors for dogs to see.
  So do you think your dog is 
up to this challenge?
  Fact number 3: They're really good at fetch!
Yet another impressive Guinness world record   Was set in 2012 by a Whippet named Davy for the 
"longest flying disc catch." And since then,   No dog has even come close to touching it!
The record was set in Canada; the Whippet was   Able to catch a frisbee thrown 134 yards – or 
402 feet! What we think is even more impressive   Is that he also reached a top speed of 40 
miles per hour in order to do so. With this   Incredible speed, it only took Davy 10 and 
a half seconds to make the skillful catch!
  Davy has become a superstar in the canine 
community and has his own children's book called   "The Davy Rule," where the frisbee champion 
covers essential topics regarding kindness,   Curiosity, and acceptance of others. Fact number 4: They'd win the dog Olympics!   A Whippet named Reas is lauded as the fastest 
individual dog in the world. In December of 2021,   This 3-year-old male Whippet ran 
the 100-yard dash, finishing in an   Outstanding time of just 5.769 seconds!
In fact, Reas was so incredibly fast that  

He beat the previous year's champion by more than 
half a second! In the human world, Usain Bolt may   Be known as the "fastest man alive," with his 
personal best record of 9.56 seconds for the   100-meter dash, but Reas would easily embarrass 
Usain Bolt any day if the week and for now,   Remains champion of the dog world.
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  Fact number 5: There's a 
reason for their small size!
  Whippets were once called 
the "poor man's Greyhound."
  Make no mistake though, this was 
not a criticism of the breed.
  This nickname makes a lot more sense if 
you understand the Whippets' history.
  At the beginning of the 20th century, dog 
racing was a massive sport in England.   And the primary racing dog breed of 
choice was the Greyhound. However,   The problem was that Greyhound racing was mainly 
something only the wealthy could participate in.
  That wasn't good enough for the "poor" 
working class of the textile industry   Who also wanted to participate in dog racing. They did not have access to fancy oval tracks,   But the men would clear out empty lots, 
back alleys, or fields to use as tracks.
  What's more, because Greyhounds were more 
expensive to breed and more costly to keep,   The working class used the smaller Whippets as 
their racing dogs instead. They soon realized   That the Whippets were just as fast 
as Greyhounds and never looked back!
  Times have changed since then, and 
those fancy oval track races today   Feature many Whippet dogs in the most 
prominent racing competitions.
  Fact number 6: They won't disturb the peace!
If you can't stand the incessant barking of   Some dogs, then the Whippet might be a good 
choice for you. They are some of the quietest   Dog breeds you can find. It's why they 
make such fantastic apartment dogs, so   Long you can give them enough exercise that is.
That's not to say that the Whippets won't bark at   All, but they are much more of a watchdog. This 
is in part thanks to their old hunting instincts.   Originally Whippets were bred as sighthounds that 
hunted with sight and speed. That meant they had   To be extra quiet so they wouldn't scare off 
any potential prey. So if your Whippet suddenly   Starts barking out of nowhere, you should 
check it out. These dogs don't "cry wolf"   For no reason.
Fact number 7:   Their name's origin is up for debate!
As with many dog breeds, the Whippet's   Name is a bit of a mystery. Yet there are plenty 
of good theories and speculation. According to one   Etymologist, the name's true origin comes from 
the word "via." For those who understand Latin,  

It's the word for "road."
Because of this, it has become   The root of many words, such as "convey," 
"trivial," "vibrate" and, of course, "whip."
  Whip has been associated for a long time 
with all things that tend to move quick   And fast. And given the Whippet's obvious 
speed, this sure makes a lot of sense.
  Yet that's not the only theory. The Oxford 
Dictionary instead suggests that the word came   Partly from a now obsolete early 17th-century 
word that translates to "move briskly."
  Although it's worth noting that the word "Whippet" 
did exist before the 17th century. According to   The Oxford Dictionary, "Whippet" meant "a lively 
young woman; or a light wench." But for some   Reason, the word's meaning has changed a few times 
throughout the centuries. So we don't know for   Sure but it's a fun thing to think about. Is there 
another theory you've heard about how Whippets got   Their name? Let us know in the comments!
Fact number 8: They are built differently!
  Now that we've repeatedly been reminded 
how fast and athletic these dogs are,   The next question is, " how?" How is it that Whippets can run   So very fast and jump so high, seemingly 
without trying? Well, it's all in their body.
  According to the American 
Kennel Club breed standard:   The Whippet has a "gentle arch" on its back. Now this arch performs a very specific function.   When these dogs are running in full stride, they 
have what is called a double-suspension gallop.
  This means these dogs are always in a concave 
or convex movement while running hard.   They either have their legs fully extended 
or curled up beneath the body. A slight arch   Shape is required to move like this and 
other breeds of Dogs with a rigid spine   Just don't have the flexibility to 
run as hard as Whippets can.
What's your favorite fact about Whippets?   Comment below this video and let us know!
  Fact number 9: They save lives!
There's much more to the Whippets   Than being superb athletes and 
lightning-fast runners. Did you know   They have a fantastic sense of smell too?
A 13-year-old Whippet named Holly had been   Trained to alert her owner when she 
was about to have a diabetes attack.   Amazingly this Whippet can actually use her sense 
of smell to detect a drop in blood sugar levels.
  When that happens, the chemical makeup of 
the human's breath changes. It's very subtle,   But a highly trained and capable dog 
like this Whippet can pick it up.
  Whenever Holly's owner shows signs of a 
dangerously low blood sugar level, the dog   Gets in her face and lets her know something 
is wrong. She is so good at it that Holly   Usually alerts her owner before the symptoms even 
show up! This gives her more time to prepare.
  According to the owner, this nurse-like Whippet 
has woken her up countless times throughout the  

Night and saved her life.
Fact number 10:   They are natural-born athletes!
It should be no surprise, given the insane   Athletic nature of the Whippet, that the breed 
also holds the record for the "furthest jump by   A dog." ESPN has appropriately nicknamed a Whippet 
named "Spitfire" "The Michael Jordan of dogs."
  It's not only because he can jump 
extremely far. He can do it all,   Literally. Making him arguably the most athletic 
individual dog in the entire world. He was even   The first dog to jump 31 feet off a dock!
Spitfire also holds the record for "speed   Retrieving," this is where the dog jumps off 
a dock into a pool of water, then swims to the   Other side, and fetches an object. Spitfire 
absolutely crushed this event by being the   First dog ever to do it in under 4 seconds.
And let's remember what took Michael Jordan to the   Next level. The insane vertical jump of Spitfire 
is also a world record. This incredible Whippet   Has a remarkable 8-foot vertical leap!
So when it comes to sheer athleticism,   Is there a dog as impressive as a 
Whippet? We certainly don't think so.

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