The Whippet is a speedy little pooch who is quickly finding his way into the hearts of dog lovers across the world. The American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2020, have ranked the Whippet as the 61st most popular dog breed in America, and he is described as affectionate, playful and calm. Being such a sweet and mellow pooch, it was only a matter of time until he was bred with other dog breeds to create a well-balanced and caring designer dog.
The Whippet originates from Victorian England, and his forefather, the Greyhound, became too expensive to feed and too large to house, and so the smaller Whippet was created. Almost as quick, and as skilled as a sighthound, the Whippet became the new choice of the racing man. He arrived in America in the early 20th Century and has been a big hit as a racing dog and family pet ever since.
Measuring 18 to 22 inches tall, and weighing 25 to 40 pounds, the Whippet is a medium sized pooch. He is a relatively healthy dog who enjoys a long lifespan of 12 to 15 years. A responsible breeder should test any Whippet cross for deafness, eye disorders and cardiac diseases in their dogs, so before you decide on a Whippet cross be sure to see the Whippet parents’ health certificates for these as a minimum. But what about the other parent? Well let’s take a look!
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Popular Whippet Mixes
A designer dog is a dog who has 2 different purebred parents, and being a mixture of two dog breeds you should expect that he will inherit a mixture of their characteristics. Whether this is an equal split or a heavier influence of one parent, no one knows, so you need to be sure that you like the characteristics of both breeds.
What you can expect with most Whippet mixes is that he will be affectionate, sweet and calm in the home. It is likely that he will be lean and athletic, but maybe not as fast as his Whippet parent!
In 2018, a Whippet named Whiskey won the AKC’s ‘Best In Show’ award, and as such her breed was brought to the forefront of dog lovers’ minds across America, so we predict that the Whippet breed and Whippet crosses are going to get a lot of attention in the next coming years. So, let’s take a closer look at the popular Whippet mixes.
Breeds: Whippet & American Pitbull Terrier
The Pippet is a mix between a Pitbull and the whippet. He is anything but tiny despite his minuscule sounding name. Weighing in at anywhere between 30 and 60 pounds and measuring between 18 to 21 inches, he measures the same height as a Whippet just with extra muscles and body! It is likely that the Pippet is going to be super quick as well as powerful, so you best reinforce your fencing and provide him with intense exercise.
It is likely that the Pippet will be super sweet and affectionate with his family, and after warming up to strangers, them too. As a result, he is not likely to enjoy his own company so he needs a family who will spend a lot of time with him. His coat will be short and shiny, and you can expect mild shedding year round. As with any Pitbull Terrier mix be sure to check your local laws.
Breeds: Whippet & German Shepherd
The German Whippet is another much bigger boy, weighing in at 35 to 80 pounds and measuring 20 to 24 inches. While he may not be as big as other German Shepherd mixes, like the Bernese Shepherd, the German Whippet will still grow to a pretty decent size. It is likely that his coat will be short to medium length, and he will sport the black and tan coloring of the German Shepherd. This guy will be a moderate shedder, and will have large triangle ears that stand to attention.
He is another loyal pooch and you will be the apple of your German Whippet’s eye, and just like his German parent he will be protective of his family and estate, but sweet enough to work out the goodies from the baddies. He will be very intelligent and full of energy, and will need around 60 minutes of exercise every day.
Breeds: Whippet & Australian Shepherd
The Aussie Whip is a beautiful Aussie crossbreed, who will take on the taller and skinnier frame of the Whippet, but with the fluffy and colorful Australian coat. There is also the chance of different colored eyes too! He will measure between 18 and 23 inches and weigh between 30 and 60 pounds.
The Aussie Whip will be another smart cookie and he will likely inherit the herding tendencies of his Australian parent. Whilst these tendencies might be mild, it is a behavior that should be discouraged in the home with small children or other pets. That aside, he is a lovely pooch who is well-mannered and affectionate with his family.
Breeds: Whippet & Border Collie
The Collie Whip is very similar to the Aussie Whip, in that he is super intelligent and one of the best herders in the world, so this is also a behavior that you should expect in the Collie Whip. He often draws comparisons to the Borgi as well. He can be aloof with strangers, however with the Whippet’s sweet nature he will soon warm up to them. The Collie Whip will need a lot of intense and challenging exercise to keep his mind stimulated.
He will measure between 18 and 22 inches tall, and weigh between 30 and 50 pounds. With a similar height to Whippet, he may appear a tad taller with his longer and fluffier coat, and he will likely take on the black and white colors of the Collie.
Breeds: Whippet & Chihuahua
The Chi Whip is a small but feisty little mixed pup with slender legs, just like his Whippet parent. He will measure anywhere between 8 and 18 inches tall, and weigh between 10 to 25 pounds. Slinky and dinky best describe the Chi Whip. He is a clever Chihuahua mix that has lots of energy. He will have a short coat that will take on any color of either parent.
The Chi Whip is likely to be a sweet and needy dog who loves cuddles and attention but hates to be left alone. Whilst he won’t be small enough to fit in your handbag, you’ll need to spend most of your day with him to avoid separation anxiety. He will be full of character and feistiness and will definitely keep you on your toes!
Breeds: Whippet & Greyhound
Often compared to each other, it should be no surprise that these pups are a popular designer dog. If you can expect anything from the Grey Whippet you can be sure that it is speed and being an incredibly awesome sighthound. A blend of these two similarly natured dogs means that you can be almost guaranteed that you’ll find a sweet-natured and placid pooch in the home, and one who adores cuddles on the sofa.
Standing between 20 and 28 inches tall, this guy will be slinky and athletic in appearance, but a bit muscular than the Whippet. His coat will be short and smooth and will take on any earthy color of either breed. With a long muzzle and big round eyes, you can be sure that he will melt the hardest of hearts!
Breeds: Whippet & Italian Greyhound
And now to go the other way, the Whippet crossed with the tiny toy Italian Greyhound is also known as the Italian Whippet. These breeds are commonly mistaken for one another, with the Italian Greyhound being much smaller than the Whippet. This guy measures between 15 and 20 inches in height and weighs only 14 to 25 pounds. Because both of his parents look so similar except for their size, you can expect that he will have a long muzzle, skinny body and tall legs.
The Italian Whippet is playful and bouncy when he is with his family, but he is known to be a little sensitive and shy around strangers. For this reason, he will hate to be left alone for long periods of time, and so he should only be placed with a family that can take care of his sensitive soul.
Breeds: Whippet & Labrador Retriever
What happens when you cross a whippet with America’s number 1 dog? A Whipador of course! This energetic Labrador mix needs at least an hour’s exercise every day to keep his body healthy and his mind stimulated, otherwise you will find that he’ll destroy your furniture with his bored jaws. Otherwise, you can expect a playful doggy full of love and fun!
The Whipador is much thicker than the Whippet parent, and will take the stockier shape of the Labrador with the slenderer legs of the Whippet. Again, you can expect big forever puppy eyes, and big drop down triangle ears. His coat could take on the yellow, brown or black of the Labrador, or the earthier tones of the Whippet, who really knows!
Breeds: Whippet & Poodle
No mixed breed list is complete without a poodle crossbreed, and here we introduce the Whipoodle. Of course, his size will be dependent on which sized Poodle the Whippet is bred with, but he will range from 4 to 70 pounds in weight. His coat will inevitably be curly, or at least have a slight kink to it, and whilst he will not be a hypoallergenic dog he will shed much less than most.
He will also be full of beans, and dependent on his size you can expect to exercise him between 30 and 60 minutes every day. He is a very intelligent dog who is in tune with his master’s emotions, and very affectionate and loyal as a result.
Breeds: Whippet & Jack Russell Terrier
This terrier cross is always up for a good game or two, and would chase squirrels all day long if you let him! Another energetic little pooch on this list, you can expect him to keep you on your toes, but with the Whippet’s calmer side you can expect a well-balanced dog who is very polite and sweet. He may inherit a stubborn streak, so be prepared to tackle this in training.
The Jackwhip will weigh between 15 and 25 pounds and measure between 12 to 18 inches, so a little smaller than the Whippet parent. He may take on the longer coat of the Jack Russell, or the shorter coat of the Whippet, but he will moderately shed all year round.
Breeds: Whippet & German Shorthaired Pointer
The Whipoint is a medium-sized pooch, who will measure between 20 and 24 inches in height and weigh 35 to 60 pounds. His coat will be short and sleek, and will likely have a spotted pattern to it like his German parent. His big drop down triangle ears and large button eyes will keep him looking young, even in his older years.
Full of speed, enthusiasm and prey drive, he would make a great hunting companion, but also a tricky one to get back if he runs off and is not obediently trained, so bear this in mind. He is affectionate and loving with his family and strangers alike, and an overall loyal pooch who adores his master.
Breeds: Whippet & Vizla
This guy is inevitably going to be super sweet and loving with his family, and with that also comes a very high chance that he will be nervous about being left alone for too long, so he should be crate trained to minimize his anxiety. He will love a good ol’ run about, but equally loves a lazy afternoon on the sofa with his master.
He will measure between 20 to 23 inches in height, and weigh between 30 and 50 pounds. This guy will have seriously long legs that seem to go on forever, as well as oversized drop ears to compliment his adorably cute face.
Breeds: Whippet & Shiba Inu
This Shiba mix is one that works really well, thanks to a balancing out of polar opposite personalities. The Shiba Whippet is an active boy that has lots of energy that he needs to burn, and very curious which means that he loves to play interactive games. He will always be alert for squirrels and cats, so make sure your backyard is enclosed to avoid upsetting your neighbours and their pets!
He is likely to inherit a dense and fluffy coat, but one that is much shorter than the Shiba parent, but with that being said he will need more grooming compared to most on this list. He will measure between 15 and 20 inches tall, and weigh between 20 and 35 pounds. Be sure to check out your local laws if you are thinking about welcoming one of these guys into your home, as many states restrict Shiba mixes.
Breeds: Whippet & Beagle
This Beagle crossbreed will combine speed, super sight and an outstanding nose, so you can be sure that if the Whipbeagle sees or smells anything he’ll be off at the speed of light. This happy-go-lucky dog is a loyal and loving pooch who loves every member of the family and is great with young children. He might be a howler, but this only adds to his charm!
He will measure between 15 to 20 inches in height and weigh between 22 and 35 pounds. He will inherit the short coat of both parents, and it is likely that he will have patches of white, black and brown colors. Large floppy ears and big brown eyes are definitely in store for the Whipbeagle.
Breeds: Whippet & Boxer
No list is complete with out some type of Boxer crossbreed. The Boxerwhip is a feisty pooch who packs a lot of charm and energy, and you can be sure that with his speed and playful personality you are guaranteed an entertaining addition to your family. This guy will need a lot of interaction and exercise to keep him happy, otherwise his powerful jaws can be quite destructive. He would make a great running partner, so if you lead an active lifestyle then the Boxerwhip is a great canine option.
He will measure between 20 and 24 inches in height, and weigh between 30 and 60 pounds. He will still have a square appearance, but one that is a lot slenderer than the Boxer’s frame, and a square fleshy nose. He may inherit the flat brachycephalic muzzle of the Boxer, but the long whippet muzzle should balance this out and hopefully ease any related health concerns.
Breeds: Whippet & Golden Retriever
Yet another Golden mix, this elegant looking pooch is likely to be the sweetest of them all, so if you are a sucker for a canine sweetie pie then look no further than the Golden Whippet. Calm but playful, sweet yet full of personality, this mix has all the qualities that suit families and their children.
He will measure between 20 and 23 inches in height, and weigh between 35 and 65 pounds. He is likely to have a golden coat that is shorter than the Retriever’s, but longer and wispier than the Whippets. He will shed moderately throughout the year and would appreciate a regular grooming routine.
Breeds: Whippet & Doberman Pinscher
The Whipperman might sound fierce, but deep down under his foreboding exterior this guy is surprisingly one of the sweetest Doberman mixes around. So much so that he might be a little needy, so he needs a family who can spend a lot of time with him. He is also very intelligent, and with that comes the need for mental stimulation and brain games, so be sure to invest in plenty. Despite his sweet nature, he will still protect his family if he feels the need too.
This guy will measure 21 to 25 inches, from paw to shoulder, and measure 40 to 70 pounds, and will be athletic in appearance with a slender waist. His coat will be super shiny and slick and will likely take on the black and tan Doberman colors and facial markings.
Breeds: Whippet & Siberian Husky
The Hippet will measure between 19 to 23 inches tall and 30 to 50 pounds in weight, and a lot of that will be his fluffy Siberian coat. With most Husky crosses, it is likely that he will inherit the markings and face mask of the Husky, as well as the bright blue or different colored eyes. A strikingly beautiful mix, this leggy cross will turn heads for sure.
The Hippet will have the need for speed as well as having the endurance, so this pooch would make a great companion in the snow. Full of energy, he will need around 60 minutes of exercise every day, and he will be a chatty boy who will keep you entertained long into the night.
Breeds: Whippet & Corgi
This royal mix is super cute, and he typically has the body of the Whippet parent, albeit slightly chunkier, with the head and ears of the Corgi. Big eyes and a big nose add to his famous charm, and he may or may not have a stumpy tail and his paws may turn outwards slightly, similar to other crossbreed Corgis. He will measure between 14 to 17 inches in height and weigh between 25 and 35 pounds.
He will be a mixture of sight hound and herder, and so you should be prepared for a hardworking dog who needs to be stimulated throughout the day. He may bring his herding traits into the home, and this is something to be discouraged, especially when there are young children or other animals about. Once settled, he will be another caring canine companion whom everyone will love.
Breeds: Whippet & Dachshund
The Whiphund, just like the Whipgi, is likely to have feet that turn outwards, keeping in with the traditional dwarf dog look. With a silky short coat and long drop down ears, his puppy dog eyes will charm everyone that he meets. Thanks to his longer Whippet legs he will be able to handle the stairs and other heights with greater ease. He will measure between 12 to 18 inches tall, and weigh between 18 and 35 pounds, dependent on whether his wiener parent is a miniature or a standard sized.
The Whiphund is another surprising canine concoction, but one that has created the most adorably sweet pups. Another rabbit chasing mix, this guy has a high prey drive, and with his longer speedier legs there is a high chance that he’ll skip off at the sight of anything. The only downside to this long guy is that he is seriously stubborn and will not be the most obedient on this list.
These are the most popular Whippet crosses out there, but this list is certainly not exhaustive. Whilst you should always be prepared for the characteristics of both parents, you can be sure that the Whippet will balance out even the most hyper or protective of dogs, and turn them into sweeter souls who are kind and gentle. Let us know in the comments below if you have a Whippet mix, or a mix that we have missed!