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What’s the Difference Between the Greyhound and the Whippet?

Know your dogs! Frequently confused breeds. Get the low down on the differences between these similar-looking dogs.

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Tall and lean, the Greyhound is the fastest breed of dog. As a sight hound, the breed pursues game using its vision and speed. Today, however, the Greyhound primarily serves as a sweet and personable companion. The breed can be any colour, including black, fawn, and red, often combined with white or brindle markings.

• Hound Group; AKC recognized in 1885 • Ranging in size from 60
to 70 pounds • Hare hunter


In fact, the Whippet is an English Greyhound in miniature, hence the layman
frequently confusing the two breeds. A medium-sized sighthound, it gives
the appearance of elegance and fitness, denoting great speed, power, and
balance. The Whippet is the fastest domesticated animal of his weight,
capable of speeds up to 35 m.p.h. A very versatile breed, they can appear
in a wide variety of colours and markings. Although keen when racing or
coursing, they are quiet and dignified in their owner’s living room.

• Hound Group; AKC recognized in 1888.• Ranging in
size from 18 to 22 inches tall (typically 20 to 40 pounds)
• Race dog; rabbit courser

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