Caption this: A whippet's mad dash
If there's one big asset a whippet has going for it, it's got to be speed. No wonder, then, that this whippet is named Dash. He's pictured here running on a Hong Kong beach last month -- we only wish there was slow-motion video set to the theme of "Baywatch."
The American Kennel Club describes the whippet as "an English greyhound in miniature" and notes that the sighthound is the fastest domesticated animal of its size, able to run up to 35 miles per hour. "The whippet is extraordinarily keen when racing or coursing, though in the living room he is quiet, dignified, unobtrusive and above all highly decorative," the AKC's description continues. (The wording of that last phrase -- "above all highly decorative" -- gave us a good chuckle as we imagined a whippet balancing on some misguided owner's mantelpiece.)
-- Lindsay Barnett
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