The Whippet was developed at the end of the 19th century through crossing among the Greyhound, the Italian Greyhound, and another terrier type dog. Its name derives from the expression "whip it" meaning to move quickly. Whippets are as close to the perfect pet you can find. Friendly to guests and strangers, don’t mind snoozing the day away, manageable size, and do not tend to bark excessively. Whippets love to be part of a pack, so they become very attached to their families and like being around kids and other dogs. Very easy to house train and groom. Loves nothing more than snuggling on the couch. They are intelligent, lively, affectionate, docile(and don't forget, FAST!) The Whippet's sweet personality makes them a fine companion dog for any family!