Breed Profile


Man has used dogs to help him hunt for centuries and different types of hounds have evolved to deal with the various prey. Larger, heavier hounds would have been needed to deal with wolves and wild boar, but in areas where small deer, rabbits or hare were hunted, the speedier, more agile Greyhound type of dog would have been more suitable. The more enclosed area meant that a smaller hound would have been preferred over the Greyhound.

At the end of the eighteenth century, the medium-sized running dog appears to have acquired a name of its own - the "whippet" or "snap dog" - and was a popular breed among the working men in the north of the country. These dogs were used for rabbit hunting and later for racing. Whippets became known as "the poor man's Greyhound" and were highly prized possessions, living curled up by the fire and, it is said, often fed better than members of the family. They were expected to earn their keep at race meetings where betting took place, so a dog that lacked speed would not be considered of any value. Only the best bitches would be bred from, and only the fastest dogs used at stud, so once more, the Greyhound type of animal predominated and the Whippet quickly reverted to type.


Whippets live up to 14 years of age.


Whippets have an agreeable temperament and make an ideal family pet and a wonderful companion. It is often said that bitches generally make better pets than their male counterparts because they are more affectionate and obedient. However, this is quite the opposite for Whippets where the male is the more obedient, friendly and outgoing of the species.


The vast majority of Whippets are not aggressive towards other dogs. Similar to most animals blessed with great speed, they prefer to use their speed to get out of a fight.


Whippets are much tougher than they look and will happily go for a walk in weather that would deter most owners. Being high on the leg, they bring in relatively little dirt after an energetic walk, and their short coats require only a minimum of grooming to keep in trim.

Whippets have been described as the lazy man's dog, because they are easy to look after and to feed. They do need daily exercise, and similar to most dogs thirty minutes walk daily on a lead will keep them healthy and reasonably fit - they will also appreciate fifteen minutes free running where they can really "stretch out".

Please take note:
Although in many breeds it is considered that bitches make better house pets than dogs, this is not necessarily the case with Whippets.


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If you have decided that the Whippet is the dog for you and you realise that it needs to be taken out for a daily run where it can go "flat stick", contact one of the groups listed below:

Recommended Breeders

Breeder NameKennelState 
Joanne Austen Lysnagah QLD Contact
Allana Smith Algara NSW Contact
Rebecca Lamb Shakuru SA Contact
Jen Johnson Mondetta VIC Contact
Catherine Foster Stonegrace WA Contact
Adrienne and Brian Holzapfez Pinemist QLD Contact
AT and KA Cooney Shalique QLD Contact
Garry Dryburgh Tezer NSW Contact
Molly Rule-Steele TAEJAAN NSW Contact
Jenni McKernan Asmara QLD Contact
Jenna McNeill Beauroi NSW Contact
Sue Delaney Alltalk VIC Contact
Griff & Lisa Parry Parnew TAS Contact
Tammy Stephens ZATINI NSW Contact
Sue Cameron-Codognotto Ozrhode VIC Contact
Narelle O'Neill Bellarell QLD Contact
Leigh McVilly Amashutu VIC Contact
Adam & Michelle Booth Adstaff TAS Contact
Bill Coggins Berinswift VIC Contact
Sandra Patterson Buffalo NSW Contact
Jo Kramer Arjai WA Contact
Jen Johnson Mondetta VIC Contact
Paul Walsh Whiparoo QLD Contact
Lesley Bramble SSASP NSW Contact
Tomi Foxx GrandHaven TAS Contact
Fiona Neighal MauZaire QLD Contact
Julie Jenkins Jeulize QLD Contact
Rhonda Tait Verdellho NSW Contact
Nicole Harrison Devine SA Contact
Sandra Taylor Santasi WA Contact
Meg Butler TILMOZEE NSW Contact
Rose Shaw Tollabelle NSW Contact
Norma Meaney Bronacre VIC Contact
Ulla Greenwood Piaffe QLD Contact
Louise Foldi Wicked whippets ACT Contact
Georgia Davies Aarak SA Contact
Karen Giezekamp Horizonview NSW Contact
Albert Debbie Goodwill NSW Contact
Donna Reynolds Tatooine WA Contact
Arnold Tan Highmarcs VIC Contact
aaron stanfield karazin SA Contact
Jennalea Gunn Welbeblue Australian Cattle Dogs NSW Contact
Kerrilee Bell WHIPSIKAL WA Contact
Susanne Delaney Alltalk VIC Contact
Anne-Marie Curran Chakrata SA Contact
Ray Barter Satang NSW Contact
Mary Eather Kalutara NSW Contact
Rebecca Bonham Wandarrak SA Contact
Michelle Peck Michelle Peck SA Contact
Geoffrey Mark Lavuka NSW Contact
Denni Maxwell Hartzfyrre NSW Contact
Raymond Barter Satang NSW Contact
Holly Gibson SIKWEYAZIN VIC Contact
Y Wilson wingstar SA Contact
Gail Knightbridge Sarsanet VIC Contact
Jacki Oates Warley NSW Contact
Joanne Inglis Pressage QLD Contact
Karen Green Wishmaker QLD Contact
Megan Keyte Duzzie NSW Contact
Georgina Roberts Ashsinhalt SA Contact

*** We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their puppies and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory: New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Terrority : Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia : Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria: Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)



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