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If you are looking for a rescue whippet, you may have to wait awhile. Fortunately there are very few whippets in rescue nationally at any one time. This is partly due to a commitment by whippet breeders to take back dogs of their own breeding when necessary. Most whippet breeders also are willing to help any whippet in distress at any time.

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History

The whippet is a relatively young breed, originating in England in the 1800s. Most commonly listed as its ancestors are the Greyhound, the Italian Greyhound, and the Bedlington, Manchester, and English White Terriers. Whippets were once called Snapdogs, because of their ability to snap up and kill rats and hares. They were also referred to as the "poor man's Greyhound," as they were often kept by coal miners who raced them for sport. These early whippets were often the most valuable thing the working man owned, and they lived in their owners' houses, sleeping by the fire or curled up in bed with their people. Many were said to be fed better than the miners' own families.



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