Whippet Breed Information
If you are loved by
a whippet, and peer into those big, dark
eyes, you just know, - that you have
arrived, and that you can never go back...
The Whippet is a medium sized
sighthound, thought to be bred down from
greyhounds crossed with the now extinct
English long legged terrier. The
Whippet was first documented as a breed in
the mid 19th century England. At the
time, it was illegal in England to hunt game
of any sort if you were not a landowner.
Only families of the upper class, who owned
land, were permitted to own large "noble"
sighthounds such as the greyhound. The
working class family, being devoid of land
and so of money, need a sighthound that
could be a stealthy poacher, providing
rabbits for the pot, and companionship for
the family. It was from these humble
beginning that the breed was originated.
Later, as the industrial revolution changed
the English social system, the working class
Whippet owners took much pride in racing
their dogs outside of working hours.
Because of this new-found venue, Whippets
earned the nickname "the poor man's
At Chapleton Whippets, my
breeding philosophy is that very few dogs
are good enough to be breeding dogs.
Our dogs are not only tested in the
conformation ring, and lure coursing field,
- but our ultimate goal is to produce dogs
who perform superiorly in both.
Furthermore, when considering a breeding, we
strive to pair animals that are
complimentary to each other in hopes that
the breeding will produce offspring superior
to the previous generation. For each
potential breeding I will consider phenotype
(athletic and conformational assets), but
known genotype, pedigree, temperament,
health testing information (CERF, BAER,
Cardio tests at minimum) and past production
histories. Any breeding we do, is done
expressly for the purpose of enhancing
Whippets as a breed.
Athletic show and pet quality
puppies may be occasionally available to
select homes. Puppies bred here will
be eye checked, heart checked, BAER and
temperament tested prior to going to their
new homes, and are accompanied by a health
guarantee and a contract entailing my
responsibilities to the puppy and buyer as
the breeder, as well as my expectations of
that puppy's new home. Pet puppies are
sold with spay and neuter clauses, and (in
pets) additional, adult health testing is
optional but encouraged.