The Whippet is a smart, active, affectionate, and loyal breed. They are calm dogs that should be trained with a gentle touch, and never a harsh tone, as they are especially sensitive and may develop a complex. They are good with kids, assuming there is no rough play and the kids do not tease the dog, as, again, this breed is very sensitive. Being sighthounds, they have a reputation of chasing down and killing rabbits, cats, and other small animals, so part of their training should include socialization with cats if they are to live in a home with them.
Whippets come in different colors and patterns including solid black, white with red, fawn, blue, brindle (an appearance like tiger-striping), and cream. It is not unusual for one litter to have a mixture of spots, patches, stripes, or blazes with no two pups looking the same. The Whippet comes in almost every color imaginable for a dog.