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5 Insights Into The Fastest Dogs - Greyhounds, Whippets & Lurchers

Often recognised as ‘skinny’ racing dogs, seen walking in the countryside with their flat-cap sporting owners, the likes of Greyhounds, Whippets and Lurchers are becoming an increasingly popular choice of companion across households worldwide. Here are five insights into the fastest dogs from Greyhound, Whippet and Lurcher owners here at Sophie Allport HQ.

Sophie Allport Fastest Dogs - whippet

1. Regal and generally well-mannered, these dogs are recognised by their sleek build and slim frames. Bred to be sight-hounds, they are amongst the fastest dog breeds in the world - hitting speeds of 45mph! ….don’t drop the lead…

Sophie Allport fastest dogs - whippet

2. Often a surprise to hear, these dogs do not need huge amounts of exercise. Traditionally, sighthounds are natural sprinters in order to catch their prey, therefore once maxed out at their top-speed, they’ll be keen to head back to their favourite spot to snooze. It’s highly likely to be stretched out across the sofa, inconveniently across the doorway or anywhere they’re not supposed to sleep! We would, however, recommend a largePet Bed Mattress if your pooch loves to stretch out.

Sophie Allport Fastest Dogs

3. When not running or sleeping, they’ll be eating… anything delicious they can get their teeth into! And no, a pooch with visible ribs isn’t necessarily underfed, they’re likely to eat just as much as any other dog (or in our experience, the other dog's food too!).

Sophie Allport fastest dogs - Lurcher

4. Almost like a cat, many owners of Speedy Dogs claim that they, in fact, are owned by their dog. Although successful recall is vital to…. well, ever seeing your dog again… any other commands are often acknowledged, yet completely ignored.

5. Despite being aloof and dismissive at times, each and every speedy dog we've met is affectionate and incredibly loving, making them wonderful family members and ideal choice of rescue breed. They love cuddles and will bring many smiles and laughter to the household... especially when laid on their backs, sunbathing or playing dead!

Sophie Allport fastest dogs

Do you own one of the fastest dogs? Does your greyhound, whippet or lurcher have any interesting quirks or habits? Let us know in the comments below.


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3 thoughts on “5 Insights Into The Fastest Dogs - Greyhounds, Whippets & Lurchers”

  • Laura Platts

    Myself and my partner have a 6 yr old rescue Whippet called Joey. He is an absolute joy to be around and adores our little boy so much! Joey can talk/sing on demand and enjoys laying in all sorts of positions - he's never far away from your lap! He completes our family and we'd be lost without him.
    I am super excited that you've designed this range - can't wait to start purchasing - we've only recently said Joey needs a new bed - perfect! :)

  • Suzanne Aitken
    Suzanne Aitken March 8, 2019 at 5:36 am

    I have 2 Whippets, my friends have whippets, I am completely obsessed by Whippets, so I am thrilled to see your beautiful and stylish Speedy Dog collection.

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