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It is clear that the breed has been around for centuries having been depicted in many Greek and Roman paintings.
There are have been many theories about where the Whippet derived from; some say the Whippet is an out-cross from the Bedlington Terrier, the Manchester Terrier, Old English White Terrier and the Italian Greyhound, but how does one go about proving this?
The Whippet popularity in The United Kingdom rose in the 1860's with the introduction of Whippet racing.
The dogs were mainly kept by miners or other manual workers in the North East of England.
There were race tracks in most of the industrial towns, and would meet on Sunday afternoons to race their dogs.
The Whippet thus became known as the poor mans Greyhound.
The Whippet was also used for hunting to put a cheap meal on the table.
The Whippet was first recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1888, and it was not until 1891 that the English Kennel Club accepted the breed. Challenge certificates were not awarded in the breed until 1896, and in 1899 the Whippet Club was formed.