Whippets were bred to hunt by sight, coursing game in open areas at high speeds. One can find numerous representations of small greyhound-like hounds in art dating back to Roman times but the first written English use of the word “whippet” with regard to a type of dog was in 1610.There is a picture by Jean Baptiste Oudry (1686–1755) of “Misse”, one of two English whippets presented to Louis XV, in the Washington National Gallery and another, with her companion, “Turlu”, by the same artist in the Musée National de Fontainebleau. However, some French sources, notably the Ministry of Culture, use the word “levrette” to describe Misse and Turlu. Levrette describes small greyhound type dogs like the whippet or the Italian greyhound. In the nineteenth century, whippet racing was a national sport in England, more popular than football. It is only beginning with this period that the existence of the whippet as a distinct breed can be stated with certainty. The age of the modern whippet dawned in 1890 when the English Kennel Club granted the breed official recognition, thus making the whippet eligible for competition in dog shows, and commencing the recording of their pedigrees. In the United States, the whippet was recognized in 1888 by the American Kennel Club. Early specimens were taken from the race track by dog fanciers of the time and exported all over the world. The whippet’s versatility as a hunting, racing, exhibition or companion dog soon made it one of the most popular of the sighthound breeds. Whippets are a medium-size dog averaging in weight from 15 to 30 lb (6.8–14 kg), with height (under the FCI standard) of 18.5 – 20 inches (47 – 51 cm) for males and 17.5–18.5 inches (44–47 cm) for females.Whippets tend to be somewhat larger in the United States and Canada with their population in show, coursing and some race whippets required to be within the AKC standard of 18.5 to 22.5 inches (47 to 57 cm) for males, and 17.5 to 21.5 inches (44 to 55 cm) for females. Because colour is considered immaterial in judging Whippets, they come in a wide variety of colours and marking patterns, everything from solid black to solid white, with red, fawn, brindle, blue, or cream. All manner of spots and blazes and patches are seen, sometimes all in the same litter. Whippets regularly compete in dog shows, lure course racing and are among the fastest of dogs running a course at 36 mph. Data refer : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whippet Whippet Dog Club Directory Jersey Rag Racers Whippet Association – Club and East Coast calendars, results and photographs. New Jersey, USA. Northern Counties Whippet Club – United Kingdom Whippet Clubs’ consolidated web site provides show results, history, breed standards, code of ethics and Whippet health articles. The Longhaired Whippet Association – Breed description, and club information. Whippet Racing Association – Race schedules and events, grading guide, rulebook, FAQ and directory of member clubs. USA. Whippet Rescue and Placement – Independent rescue organization of the American Whippet Club. Breed and rescue information, adoption applications, available dogs, information for donors and fosters.