Dog Breeds Gallery

We've brought together dog breeds from all over the world including Australia so you can learn more about their history, habits, personalities, and unique abilities. The more you know about dogs, the more you love them. Browse the dog breeds list below to read more about your dream dog.

Whippet

Whippet
Whippet
Whippet
Whippet
Man has used dogs to help him hunt for centuries and different types of hounds have evolved to deal with the various prey. Larger, heavier hounds would have been needed to deal with wolves and wild boar, but in areas where small deer, rabbits or hare were hunted, the speedier, more agile Greyhound type of dog would have been more suitable. The more enclosed area meant that a smaller hound would have been preferred over the Greyhound.

At the end of the eighteenth century, the medium-sized running dog appears to have acquired a name of its own - the "whippet" or "snap dog" - and was a popular breed among the working men in the north of the country. These dogs were used for rabbit hunting and later for racing. Whippets became known as "the poor man's Greyhound" and were highly prized possessions, living curled up by the fire and, it is said, often fed better than members of the family. They were expected to earn their keep at race meetings where betting took place, so a dog that lacked speed would not be considered of any value. Only the best bitches would be bred from, and only the fastest dogs used at stud, so once more, the Greyhound type of animal predominated and the Whippet quickly reverted to type.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN

Whippets live up to 14 years of age.

BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS AND TEMPERAMENT

Whippets have an agreeable temperament and make an ideal family pet and a wonderful companion. It is often said that bitches generally make better pets than their male counterparts because they are more affectionate and obedient. However, this is quite the opposite for Whippets where the male is the more obedient, friendly and outgoing of the species.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS

The vast majority of Whippets are not aggressive towards other dogs. Similar to most animals blessed with great speed, they prefer to use their speed to get out of a fight.

CARE REQUIREMENTS

Whippets are much tougher than they look and will happily go for a walk in weather that would deter most owners. Being high on the leg, they bring in relatively little dirt after an energetic walk, and their short coats require only a minimum of grooming to keep in trim.

Whippets have been described as the lazy man's dog, because they are easy to look after and to feed. They do need daily exercise, and similar to most dogs thirty minutes walk daily on a lead will keep them healthy and reasonably fit - they will also appreciate fifteen minutes free running where they can really "stretch out".

Please take note:
Although in many breeds it is considered that bitches make better house pets than dogs, this is not necessarily the case with Whippets.

IDEAL OWNERS

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IN CONCLUSION

If you have decided that the Whippet is the dog for you and you realise that it needs to be taken out for a daily run where it can go "flat stick", contact one of the groups listed below:


Recommended Breeders

Breeder Name Kennel State
Steve Warry Sabu WA Contact
Lesley Cameron Gaelforce NSW Contact
Joanne Austen Lysnagah QLD Contact
Bill Eva and Ellen Mooney Elmaro VIC Contact
Allana Smith Algara NSW Contact
Rebecca Lamb Shakuru SA Contact
Jen Johnson Mondetta VIC Contact
Tony and Alan Wishart and Kyman Talkabout VIC Contact
Catherine Foster Stonegrace WA Contact
Adrienne and Brian Holzapfez Pinemist QLD Contact
AT and KA Cooney Shalique QLD Contact
Garry Dryburgh Tezer NSW Contact
Molly Rule-Steele TAEJAAN NSW Contact
Kerry Hutt Kebarlea SA Contact
Jenni McKernan Asmara QLD Contact
Jenna McNeill Beauroi NSW Contact
Sue Delaney Alltalk VIC Contact
Jeffrey McLeod Silknspring QLD Contact
Griff & Lisa Parry Parnew TAS Contact
Tammy Stephens ZATINI NSW Contact
Sue Cameron-Codognotto Ozrhode VIC Contact
Narelle O'Neill Bellarell QLD Contact
Bruce Lyck sheberghan QLD Contact
Leigh McVilly Amashutu VIC Contact
Adam & Michelle Booth Adstaff TAS Contact
Bill Coggins Berinswift VIC Contact
michelle peck myskyan SA Contact
Sandra Patterson Buffalo NSW Contact
Donna Reynolds Tatooine WA Contact
Sue Delaney Alltalk VIC Contact
Jo Kramer Arjai WA Contact
Jen Johnson Mondetta VIC Contact
Paul Walsh Whiparoo QLD Contact
Bruce Hickey Chasbank NSW Contact
Gail Knightbridge Sarsanet VIC Contact
Margaret Mason Jadenchi QLD Contact
Lesley Bramble SSASP NSW Contact
Tomi Foxx GrandHaven QLD Contact
Fiona Neighal MauZaire QLD Contact
KRYSTAL LEWIS NABIHAH VIC Contact
Julie Jenkins Jeulize QLD Contact
Denni Maxwell Hartzfyrre ACT Contact
Rhonda Tait Verdellho NSW Contact
Rachael and paul Bazzocco Creor QLD Contact
Nicole Harrison Devine SA Contact
Sandra Taylor Santasi WA Contact
Jenni McKernan Alarves QLD Contact
Meg Butler TILMOZEE NSW Contact
Rose Shaw Tollabelle NSW Contact
Norma Meaney Bronacre VIC Contact
Ulla Greenwood Piaffe QLD Contact
Louise Foldi Wicked whippets ACT Contact
Georgia Lee Aarak WA Contact
Ross & trish Wilson Boshellie QLD Contact
Tony Eales Cudyncae QLD Contact
Karen Giezekamp Horizonview NSW Contact
Albert Debbie Goodwill NSW Contact


*** We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.


Canine Clubs

  • Australian Capital Territory:
    Dogs ACT
    (ACT Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 815
    Dickson, ACT 2602
    Tel: 02 6241 4404
    Fax: 02 6241 1129
    Website: www.dogsact.org.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • New South Wales:
    Dogs NSW
    (Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
    PO Box 632
    St Marys, NSW 1790
    Tel: 02 9834 3022
    Fax: 02 9834 3872
    Website: www.dogsnsw.org.au
    (Details current as of 10/10/2013)
  • Northern Terrority:
    Dogs NT
    (North Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 37521
    Winnellie, NT 0821
    Tel: 08 8984 3570
    Fax: 08 8984 3409
    Website: www.dogsnt.com.au/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Queensland:
    Dogs Queensland
    (Canine Control Council (Queensland))
    PO Box 495
    Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
    Tel: 07 3252 2661
    Fax: 07 3252 3864
    Website: www.cccq.org.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • South Australia:
    Dogs SA
    (South Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 844
    Prospect East, SA 5082
    Tel: 08 8349 4797
    Fax: 08 8262 5751
    Website: www.dogssa.com.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Tasmania:
    Dogs Tasmania
    (Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
    The Rothman Building
    PO Box 116
    Glenorchy, Tas 7010
    Tel: 03 6272 9443
    Fax: 03 6273 0844
    Website: www.tasdogs.com/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Victoria:
    Dogs Victoria
    (Victorian Canine Association)
    Locked Bag K9
    Cranbourne, Vic 3977
    Tel: 03 9788 2500
    Fax: 03 9788 2599
    Website: www.dogsvictoria.org.au/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Western Australia:
    Dogs West
    (Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
    Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
    Southern River, WA, 6110
    Tel: 08 9455 1188
    Fax: 08 9455 1190
    Website: www.dogswest.com
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)