About Whippets - Whippets have a wonderful history that is thought to date from ancient civilisations, who depicted whippet like dogs in their art on temple walls and pottery. The name Whippet is thought to derive from the old English terms ‘whippen’ meaning ’to whip’ which can also mean ’to move smartly or quickly’.
They, of course, are renowned for their speed which led to their popularity amongst the British working class as racing dogs. Races took place in fields or on town roads and were a great day out for the whole family. Whippet racing was taken very seriously as a good dog could add a significant amount in winnings to a weekly wage. A good racing whippet was a cherished addition to the family and were fed with the choicest available meat, even if the family had to ‘go without’.
Whippets were the perfect poacher’s companion due to their skill at catching rabbits, yet being small enough to hide under a coat.
The 'Dog Tag' prints celebrate the history and characteristics that define particular breeds. The "dog tag" design idea came from thoughts about the plight of dogs in rescue centres and shelters. Debbie from The Enlightened Hound imagined that they might be wearing a dog tag that helped prospective owners find out more about the dog in the hope that they might be rescued and given a ‘forever home’.