The description of his temperament in the official standard, ‘gentle’ and ‘affectionate’, is a considerable understatement; he loves the company of mankind and is equally at home in castle or cottage. Light enough to pick up when necessary, but spirited enough to spend a day on exercise, with a tremendous turn of speed over short distances, he represents one of the most deservingly popular of all the sporting dogs.
Many have found great pleasure in owning racing Whippets, especially in the north-east of England. As races often had to be in alley¬ways between the houses, the dogs developed into ‘straight racers’. Some could cover just over 180 metres (200 yards) in as little as 12 seconds.
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