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Considering a Whippet?

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A whippet needs company. He wants to be with his people all the time, but if that's not possible, another dog will do. A whippet left alone all day is liable to be very unhappy and may make his misery known by howling, barking, or trying to escape from the house or his crate. Consider adding another whippet to the household if yours seems lonely.

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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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