The average Whippet size is medium, with a height that ranges from 44-52 cm. Its weight ranges from 9-19 kg.
Like its bigger ancestor, this sighthound is elegant, lean, and powerful, with a muscular body and an athletic look. Its distinctly long and lean head is slimmer than its also long and muscled neck. Its nose is usually black although the colour can vary depending on the coat variation.
This canine’s oval-shaped eyes are remarkable for their night vision quality and 250-degree sight. The average human sight range is just 180 degrees. Its eyes are placed further to the side of its head, allowing more range.
Its chest is very deep, with a broad and moderately long back that arches beautifully. Its ribs are well sprung and its belly is tucked. The Whippet’s hindquarters are powerful and muscular, with broad and muscled thighs. The legs are long and thin, ending in oval shaped feet with thick pads and decked with strong nails. Its feet are hare-like, giving this dog the ability to claw into the ground to propel itself more powerfully even with a light tread.
Capable of running at speeds of 56 kph, this hound can outrun a kangaroo. As with its ancestor, the Whippet’s running style involves a double suspension gallop.
The Whippet’s single coat is generally smooth, short, and lies close to the skin. However, there are others of this breed with a longer coat. Remarkably, the short-haired ones have odourless coats. It comes in a wide variety of coat colours and patterns. However, considering this animal only has a single coat, it needs added insulation against cold weather.
Grooming is a low maintenance affair for Whippets due to its short coat.