This article is from the Whippet Breed FAQ, written by email@example.com (Nancy Bennett).
Many enjoyable competitive sports are open to pet Whippets. Whippets,
as their heritage would suggest, are outstanding running dogs and are
top competitors in lure coursing, straight racing, and oval track
racing. In these events, a temporary track and lure system is set up.
The lure is usually a white plastic trash bag. All of these events
are purely for sport, and are put on for the enjoyment of the dogs
and their owners. Top competitors win ribbons and points towards
running titles. No betting is allowed. Thus, win or lose, every dog
goes home to be "king of the couch". With new methods of motivational
obedience training being used, Whippets are becoming successful
obedience dogs. Many enjoy flyball and agility. All of the above
activities are open to Whippets who are spayed or neutered. For
racing and coursing, your Whippet must not have any breed
disqualifications, such as being oversized (see Breed Standard). The
elegance and ease of grooming of the Whippet have made it a popular
show dog, but to be successful at this sport, you must purchase a
puppy who is considered by its breeder to be show quality.