[Animal Facts + Tatts] Greyhounds, Whippets + Italian Greyhounds

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.



I actually did a post about greyhound tattoos for Tattoodo over a year ago, which you can read here – these tattoos below are far superior, if I do say so myself.

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.

Gone With The Wind styled greyhounds by @lucylucyhorsehead

Greyhounds can reach speeds in excess of 64 km/h, and are great sprinters but not endurance animals.

New school caricature greyhound by @cathy_sue

Organisations around the world do great work to find suitable families to adopt retired racing greyhounds.

Greyhound by @imchrisgreen

My favourite description of greyhounds is that they’re “45-mile-per-hour couch potatoes”.

New school greyhound by @jacklesdouglas

They’re sensitive and loving dogs, and when they’re not sleeping 18 hours per day, they love to spend time with their owners.

Traditional greyhound by @jamieallantattoo

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.

Italian greyhound by @craiggardyan

Whippets originated in England where they descended from greyhounds.

Memorial whippet tattoo by @darylwatsontattoo

There is some evidence to suggest that the dogs depicted in Ancient Egyptian art are the ancestors of the modern-day whippet.

Blackwork whippet by @sashakiseleva

Out of all the dog breeds in the world, the whippet accelerates the fastest.

Soft geometric whippet by @sashaunisex

Whippets gained eligibility to compete in dog shows in 1891 after the breed was recognised by The Kennel Club.

Traditional whippet by @kennyteatattoo

Introduced to the US late in the 19th century, their first population was established in Massachusetts.

Neo trad whippets by @lucylucyhorsehead

Whippets have a life span of between 12 to 15 years.

Filigree and whippet piece by @millasipola


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