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, has 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, 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?
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 2020, a Whippet named Bourbon won the AKC’s ‘Best In Show’ award, and as such this 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.
If you are not certain of your dog’s genetic makeup, you can use an at-home DNA test kit to find out.
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. While 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 small 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. While 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 while 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 neighbors 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. Shiba Whippets 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. Whipbeagles 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. The Boxerwhip 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. Golden Whippets are 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. The Whipgi will 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. While 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!
February 28, 2023 at 5:58 pm
My dog is whippet and red healer how much should she weigh
February 21, 2023 at 5:17 pm
i want dog plz
August 6, 2022 at 1:43 pm
I LOVE my whippet x! I got her 3 weeks ago from the Humane Society. The previous owners said she was a purebred, but I think she's part beagle. They left her tied outside (abhorrent, in my book) and she kept running away. She now has a forever loving home. She is so smart, she quickly mastered house training, and she's already walking easy on a leash. I've read all the comments and can agree with some key characteristics; She's very calm with bursts of energy. Shes very fast. Very quiet but she'll howl at a siren. Very affectionate yet independent. I'm so lucky to have her. Had no idea Whippets were such cool dogs! CHECK YOUR LOCAL SHELTERS AND OTHER RESCUE SITES BEFORE GOING TO BREEDERS! YOU'RE SURE TO FIND THE MOST WONDERFUL DOG THERE. AND PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS! YOU CAN FIND IT AS A LOW COST SERVICE NOW AND YOU WILL BE SAVING LIVES IN THE LONG RUN
July 22, 2022 at 3:58 pm
I'm uncertain of my dogs whippet mix. I rescued her at 12 months old. She was Illegally bred in a shed with other dogs. Luckily the RSPCA raided the place and I rescued her from a temporary home. She is now 3 years old. She still has major anxiety and only trusts me. She is Loyal, compassionate and very obedient. I think she may be crossed with Kelpie. I wish I could attach a photo. She has all the whippet features except her nose isn't long. She also has floppy ears.
April 5, 2022 at 5:58 am
I have a whippet cocker spaniel cross. She is such a gorgeous girl, easy to train and loves nothing more than to run with other dogs or after a stick. She has us in stitches with her personality, very talkative. She is so sweet, loves to play tug o war, has a big bark and is a huge part of our family.
February 24, 2022 at 7:25 pm
Mine is a "rescue" and I'm still trying to figure out what she is. She looks a lot like an Italian Greyhound but her head isn't as sharply narrow and her neck isn't as long as some I have seen. She is about 17 or 18 lbs and about 15" tall. Very long legs like an IG. Also she has IG ears. Her speed is amazing; never had a dog this fast. I tried to include a picture of her but it didn't copy over to here. She also has the temperament of an IG; i.e. she has a mind of her own.
Frank R Wissell
February 15, 2022 at 12:22 pm
We have a female mix (about 10 months old--rescue dog) of Whippet and Pit Bull---full of never-ending energy, very fast runner, loves to play chasing a ball and returning (endless hours--never tires) as well as with other dogs;, lovable-- very friendly-- talks quite often thru her crying for attention-- barks often-- loves to cuddle and chews many items (wiring, table legs, clothes, etc..) as many puppies (hopefully ends as she gets older) do. Is very excited when company arrives and always wants to play. You must be ready for all the attention you have to give this breed, you cannot expect quiet and laid back situations.
December 30, 2021 at 8:07 pm
I have a boxer whip and she is the SWEETEST girl ever. She trained so easily and listens so well still to this day. I swear she understands more than we even give her credit for. Very fast, zoomies around the back yard are her favorite thing. She loves people more than other dogs and has to sleep right up against you in bed. Petite but still has the cute boxer stockiness, people always ask her breed mix. Could go on and on, she is the best!
December 6, 2021 at 7:40 pm
We rescued a 6 month old mostly Whippet with some Aussie Shepherd/Poodle and a spot of Staffy
An American Whaussoodle TERROR mix quite frankly ❤️
We love her
November 17, 2021 at 1:03 pm
i looooovvveee dogs
October 15, 2021 at 10:06 am
I have a whippet/ border collie/ australian cattle dog/ siberian husky mix from a shelter in Texas; age 3 mos.
She's a holy terror. Will find food no matter where it is. She's also a paper eater (toilet paper, paper towel, and kleenex).
Training isn't helping......HELP
October 4, 2021 at 12:50 pm
How about a feist + whippet mix
I would like to know approximate weight, height, personality,,, thx
May 15, 2021 at 10:57 am
I have a 6-month-old female whippet x red cattle dog and she is such a beautiful girl. She runs In Circles around the back yard loves to chew on anything she finds but also loves her daily walks to meet other dogs or people. At night she curls up next to me or other family members til the sun rises in the morning. She is 11kg in weight and gives us all such joy.
May 15, 2021 at 12:50 pm
Thanks for the comment, Karen! Sounds like an amazing pup!
September 12, 2021 at 7:39 am
Hello Karen! Id love to see a picture of your pup, i acquired what I believe to be a whip x cattle dog last year i have never met someone with the same mix!
April 25, 2021 at 6:24 pm
I have an Aussie whip. He is the sweetest soul ever. He is spotted like an ACD but has the body of a whippet. We love his zoomies in the house and backyard. He is stubborn but loves everyone and everything. I wouldn’t change a thing about him!
April 27, 2021 at 6:10 pm
Sounds like a great dog, Deanna! Thanks for stopping by to comment!
March 15, 2021 at 1:52 am
Gidday. We purchased a Whippet/Kelpie cross - so a Whippy? - For our 10-year-old boy. Strictly speaking a Barb Kelpie or simply Barb, depending on whom you speak to. Black with short hair like velvet, the Barb is meant to be the smartest sheepdog in the world. It's a popular enough crossbreed that indeed both his parents are also Whippies!
Apparently, occasionally, there is an informal get-together of local Whippy owners the next beach over. Our son named him Jackson. He is only 10 weeks old, very cute, and very affectionate. In fact, I've never known a dog as affectionate. Really likes to snuggle. He seems about the same temperament as most of the mixes mentioned in the comments here.
Graceful in appearance. Quite a remarkable animal, bright as a button. Well into being house trained already with hardly any accidents. Really responsive to positive feedback.The odd squirt of water from a spray bottle when not listening. Seems like a one-person/family dog rather than gregarious. He is pretty much perfect for our boy.
March 15, 2021 at 4:23 pm
Thanks for stopping by to comment Jeremy! Will have to do our research and add the Whippy to our list of mixes!
January 1, 2021 at 6:23 am
I have a sweet Doberman whippet mix boy and he is the sweetest dog in the world! He has the markings of a Doberman but a sensitive personality and rarely barks. If I throw a treat his way he acts as if I threw the food at him! Training must be very gentle and positive because of his sensitive nature.
He has a short shiny coat and a weight of about 70 pounds. He is an enthusiastic greeter when I get home from work and runs in circles and gets the "crazies". Otherwise, he is a really lazy boy and is content laying on his doggie bed all day but runs very fast in short bursts.
I don't think this is a common breed mix but he is quite the character, would not make a good guard dog but does growl or bark once in a while and definitely looks the part!
January 1, 2021 at 7:17 pm
Thanks for sharing information about your pup Nikki! Sounds like a wonderful dog!
December 15, 2020 at 8:39 am
Whippet/BorderTerrier Mix. Wicked smart, loving, and fast. Shelter rescue and has NEVER messed the house or destroyed anything in 10 years. He came house broken at one year old. Women love his handsome sandy lithe body and sable brown floppy ears. He’s a loving, affectionate cookie monster who knows ALL the usual commands. Will I ever find another?
December 15, 2020 at 4:30 pm
Sounds like an amazing pup Geoff! I would recommend checking local and national Whippet rescues, as they can often get mixed breeds in from lots of different backgrounds. Appreciate the comment!
October 18, 2020 at 3:55 am
My dog is a Basenji whippet mix. He is extremely smart and even more stubborn. Loves sleeping on blankets and pillows but not in my bed and usually he sits in a different room than me. He acts more like a cat rarely asking for snuggles, can jump over 8 foot tall walls, but is scared of loud noises (except for fireworks-he is strange). He runs like a very fast graceful racehorse, and then sleeps for hours.
He also is a very quiet dog, he only really barks when someone is at the door. I get a lot of comments on him when we're out on walks with his long slender legs, people think he must be super friendly- but alas, he is not really interested in any one other than myself.
And lastly, he will not eat anything from the floor outside, nor will he take a treat that he does not deem worthy enough to grace his mouth, but he definitely will sit and stare at me at home and comes closer and closer until I basically have no choice, but unless I give him food, he won't touch anything lying around, no matter what.
October 18, 2020 at 2:42 pm
Thanks for the comment Andrea! Some dogs are just one-person dogs. Just works out that way. Whippets are highly intelligent dogs, so it doesn't surprise me that your pup has a stubborn streak. I'd encourage you to get involved with a local obedience training session if that's at all possible. Good luck!
October 18, 2020 at 12:52 am
I just got a Whipperman today she's 8 weeks old and the cutest thing ever. I still haven't named her yet, I'm waiting for her personality to come out. The gentleman I purchased her from said that she would be about 18-25 ish pounds. Is that correct for a female? I've never even heard of this breed until recently.
October 18, 2020 at 2:39 pm
Hi Tammy, yes that sounds about right to us! They can vary in size, but 18-25 pounds is about right. Congrats on the new pup, enjoy!
September 30, 2020 at 5:54 am
My sweet Twinkie is a yellow Whipador. She is the sweetest, most outrageous creature. Speedy runner in equal measure as couch potato. She likes to be held like a baby, but she's topping 50lbs so I guess it helps my upper body strength!
September 30, 2020 at 10:24 pm
Sounds like a great pup Chelsea! Thanks for stopping by to comment!