Today you’re getting three dogs in the one Animal Facts + Tatts post: greyhounds, whippets, and Italian greyhounds. Why all three breeds in the one post? Well, honestly, despite there being several hundred tattoos online, I could find few decent tattoos for these dog breeds.
In fact, whippets are the only dog breed of the three to have never been featured on the blog. Only recently did I post an image of an Italian greyhound tattoo, as a suggestion for Jenna and Julien to immortalise their dogs, Kermit and Peach. Anyway, onto the animal facts and tatts!
Greyhounds are considered slighthounds, which is a term given to a further 16 dog breeds, including whippets and Italian greyhounds.
Greyhounds can reach speeds in excess of 64 km/h, and are great sprinters but not endurance animals.
Organisations around the world do great work to find suitable families to adopt retired racing greyhounds.
My favourite description of greyhounds is that they’re “45-mile-per-hour couch potatoes”.
They’re sensitive and loving dogs, and when they’re not sleeping 18 hours per day, they love to spend time with their owners.
Since there is only one Italian greyhound tattoo, I’ll provide you with a few more facts:
- The Italian Greyhound is also part of the sighthound family, and is the smallest of the breeds.
- Unlike greyhounds and whippets, Iggy’s make good watchdogs and will bark at unfamiliar sounds, people and animals.
- Their slender skull means that they require a speciality collar for walking.
- The breed has stolen the hearts of many royals, including Queen Victoria, Catherine the Great and Mary, Queen of Scots.
Whippets originated in England where they descended from greyhounds.
There is some evidence to suggest that the dogs depicted in Ancient Egyptian art are the ancestors of the modern-day whippet.
Out of all the dog breeds in the world, the whippet accelerates the fastest.
Whippets gained eligibility to compete in dog shows in 1891 after the breed was recognised by The Kennel Club.
Introduced to the US late in the 19th century, their first population was established in Massachusetts.
Whippets have a life span of between 12 to 15 years.
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