The Whippet (also English Whippet or Snap dog) is a dog breed of medium-size. They are a sighthound breed that originated in England, where they descended from greyhounds. Whippets today still strongly resemble a smaller greyhound.
Links to Breed Descriptions
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards. The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
2. Finland: Koiranet: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?R=162
3. US: OFA: https://secure.ofa.org/regSums/WHIPPET.pdf Internal: WHIPPET.pdf
Blue Book Ocular disorders Whippet
4. Ian Seath slides Whippets Breed Strategies.pdf - This file contains statistics used to support breeding strategies.
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 1)
The Whippet Breed Council UK - Health information
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Follow-up of the Swedish Whippet Club's Breed-Specific Breeding Strategy (RAS) 2021
Finland: JTO: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/RotuPDF.ashx?R=162&T=2
US: OFA CHIC recommended Health tests Whippet
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages
The UK Whippet Breed Council
Breed Archive - Whippet
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Finland: Whippet-Harrastajat ry
US: American Whippet Club: https://www.americanwhippetclub.net/
Sweden: Svenska Whippetklubben: https://www.whippetklubben.se/
UK: The Whippet Club: https://www.thewhippetclub.com/