Longhaired Whippet

Fast Facts

Country of Origin:USA
AKC Group:Rare
UKC Group:Rare
Use today:Companion, lure coursing
Color:Any color or markings
Coat:Soft, silky coat may be slightly wavy or curly.
Size:Small Dog Breed
Height:18 to 22 inches at the shoulder
Weight:not specified

Longhaired Whippets came about when a Whippet breeder named Walter A. Wheeler Jr. set out to bring out a recessive longhaired gene lurking in the Whippet breed. He found success and introduced his new dogs to the public in the 1970s. Although some breeders claimed the longhaired dogs were the result of a cross with Shetland Sheepdogs, Wheeler maintained that the dogs were purebred Whippets. Apart from its longer hair, the Longhaired Whippet is identical to the smooth Whippet. These athletic sighthounds love to run and move with flowing grace. Males stand 19 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder; females are 18 to 21 inches. The soft, silky coat may be slightly wavy or curly, and has just enough undercoat to keep the dog warm. A collar of hair frames the face. Longhaired Whippets may be any color with any type of markings. Intelligent, charming and affectionate, Longhaired Whippets are wonderful family dogs that are attached and devoted to their people. They require little grooming and are generally healthy.

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