Friday, June 10, 2011

Whippet The Unique Body History breed and Breeders

The Whippet developed in Great Britain but originated in Italy or Northern Africa. Roman legions brought this breed to Great Britain when they invaded in 49 A.D.. The Whippet is the breed example I use when asked how long it would take a dog to change its nutritional requirements when exposed to different foods. My answer is that it would take as long as it would for a dog's coat to adapt to a new climate.


After twenty-one centuries, the Whippet still has a coat best suited for the warm and dry environment of its origins and not the heavier double coat found on breeds originating in the colder climate of the British
Islands. Likewise, they still retain the nutritional requirements they developed in their native environment. Fortunately for the Whippet the rabbit was the main food supply in both their native area of the world and
in their new homeland.

Native food supplies for this breed would have been rabbits, domesticated poultry, mutton, goat, and wheat or corn. For the Whippet I recommend foods that are a blend of lamb, poultry, wheat, and corn. The addition of a linseed oil coat conditioner to this blend will provide this breed with a good balance of the fatty acids its
skin and coat require. However, you should avoid feeding a soy oil coat conditioner to this breed as well as any soy bean meal in its food. Other food sources to avoid feeding a Whippet include horse meat, beef, or ocean fish.

Weight Standards: m/f - average 25 lbs.
Height Standards: m - 19 to 22 inches, f - 18 to 21 inches
Coat: short and sleek, may be any color or color combination
Common Ailments: monorchidism, hot spots and skin rash

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