One of my favorite things about being a dog walker and a pet sitter is getting to know the different dog breeds. Stella is the first Whippet I've had in my care, and true to her breed, she is long and lean, active and agile, fast and friendly. Thankfully, though, she is also good with my kitten. Whippets were bred as hunting dogs to seek out small animals like rabbits and other small game. I'm sure my kitten would classify as small game to most Whippets, but Stella doesn't seem to want to eat him. Surprisingly, she wasn't even trying to chase the ducks when we went for a walk around Wheeler Farm!
Although they look like small Greyhounds, Whippets are not miniature Greyhounds. They were originally bred from Greyhounds, however, crossed with smaller Terriers to give them their strong prey drive and hunting instinct. Italian Greyhounds are an even smaller version of the standard Greyhound and are easily mistaken for Whippets. Although, they are all related and look similar, the Greyhound, the Whippet and the Italian Greyhound are all different breeds. The easiest way to tell them apart is by their size.
Whippets are also very social animals. Stella enjoys playing chase in the yard with my other dogs, but mostly, she just wants to follow me around the house and snuggle up to me in the bed. The only problem I have now is, where am I supposed to sleep?