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    Default Original Habitat of the Whippet?

    Hi guys,
    I am doing a project for school, and we have to create a super animal. I have to decided to do a whippet cross arabian horse, to suit one of three habitats, the desert habitat. i was assuming, from their general appearence( thin skin, light coat, lithe body) that they originated in a hot, perhaps sandy environment?

    Please correct me if I am wrong.
    TIA.

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    It is generally agreed that the Whippet as we know it today developed in Northern England during the mid to late 19th century.
    So I dont know what climatic environment that is, i am only presuming it's open grassland suited to coursing?

    About Whippets - Whippet Breed History

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    Nope. Whippets come from England. Not too many deserts there.

    Try one of these breeds: Saluki, Sloughi or Azawakh.

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    Or Pharoah Hound. Now there's an egyptian dog for the Desert - though most of their local feral? dogs look a lot like dingos. I saw a program about spanish food and they went rabbit hunting with dogs that looked like Pharoah Hounds, and were locally bred rabbit hunting dogs - their only breed standard was catching rabbits.

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    Yeah the Ibizan hound, it's a stunning dog and has an awsome history which would cross well into a hybrid arabian horse for a super beast story I think!

    Ibizan Hounds were said to have ridden atop Hannibal's elephants when he invaded Italy; & due to a silent style of hunting, the Ibizan or his crosses were often the choice of French poachers, who called him Charnique or Charnegue. These clandestine activities led to a declaration of this dog being banned in France for a time.

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    'Cept Pharoah Hounds come from Malta. Just to confuse everyone.

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    How did Pharoah Hounds get to Malta?

    Even the whippet history page has a "hairless turkish dog" on it.

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    Pharoahs are a native Malta breed. They only get their name because they look like heiroglyphs.

    Hairless dogs you'll find appear through history in many parts of the world. Lots of breeds went into Whippets, they are a relatively young breed - 19th to early 20th century I think.

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    Well it looks like the ibizan hound related to / descended from the Egyptian Pharaoh hunting dog and probably related to the same ancesters as the Malta dog given it used to travel with the Phoenicians .

    Ibizan Hound History

    I guess a DNA test on all of them would show "significant chiuaua"

    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/pharaohhound.htm
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 02-07-2010 at 10:00 PM.

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    Who knows what a DNA test could show - they're a bit wild!

    In theory all sighthounds are descended from the ancient breeds similar to salukis, sloughis, taigans, bakhmull etc. They look similar, with more or less hair according to their regions of development.

    Boxerini you should definitely use Azawahk. They re awesome, no-one has heard of them and they have that really cool name as well.

    They are also different in being taller than they are long. Look at those legs!!



    Plus, how well do they match up with an Arabian horse??? Grace personified...


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