The Longhaired Whippet, also called the Windsprite or Silken Windsptire, is, by all means, a Whippet with a longer coat. Walter A Wheeler Jr. discovered the recessive gene for long hair in Whippets and bred them into existence. These dogs popped up in America during the 1970’s. Longhaired Whippets are sighthounds and are extremely athletic dogs. Their coat is very soft and often wavy or curly. Fortunately, this wonderful coat does not require more than average maintenance. This is a smart breed that absolutely adores people and values companionship above all else.
It is was believed that the Longhaired Whippet was created by crossing Whippets with Shetland Sheepdogs. The breed’s founder denies this, claiming the breed comes from a recessive gene found in Whippets.
Explore some Embark dogs that share Longhaired Whippet ancestry.