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Thursday, May 16, 2024

If You Can't Beat It, Whippet...

 When we first got Earl as a pup (My Name Is Earl...11/17/21), we didn't know much about him except he was bred out of some racing sled dogs from one of the upper Yukon River villages. As he grew older, he got a lot longer and leggy, but his head stayed kind of small  We joked about how he looked like a whippet. So I finally got around to seeing what exactly was the Whippet breed. Here's what google had to say...

The whippet is a hound breed developed in mid-19th-century England to chase rabbits for sport in an arena. The breed was developed from terriers and small English greyhounds; Italian greyhounds were later bred in to give the whippet a sleek appearance.

They are the fastest dog of their weight, capable of achieving speeds of up to 35 mph, due to their ability to run in a double suspension gallop. This gait results in four of the dog's legs being off the ground twice in each stride, once when the legs are completely extended and again when they are tucked under the body.

The whippet at full gallop, they sure can move!
So today when we let the dogs off for their free run, Andy took some pictures of Earl running. 

We knew Earl likely was the fastest dog in our team, but it looks like he runs just like a whippet; never knew we had such an exotic animal. Makes me wish I'd taken one more out of his litter, but then I'd have to move into the dog yard too!

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