Whippet

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This moderate-sized greyhound breed was developed in the nineteenth century by British enthusiasts of snap dog trials. The Whippet, part sighthound and part terrier, excelled in this rabbit-chasing pastime. The dogs were popular with the working classes and today have a following in the coursing world. The Whippet is a pleasant, gregarious house companion and can be the perfect substitute dog for a person who does not have the space for a full-size Greyhound. The Whippet stands 18-22 inches at the shoulder and weighs 28 pounds. The coat requires little attention; it is short and fine. A longhaired version also exists and is promoted by a small contingency of fanciers, although the American Whippet Club has not recognized the variant. It is not uncommon for sighthounds to occur in long and wire coats, and the renaissance of the Longhaired Whippet may soon come of age. The Longhair requires daily brushing to maintain the silky quality of the luxuriant coat.

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