Your favorite AKC dog breed is the Whippet. This is the perfect breed gift, telling all about Whippets. A great dog lover gift on a t shirt, hoodie, mug, sticker, magnet, button, ornament - makes a great Whippet Christmas gift. The Whippet originated in England and is part of the AKC Hound Group. They are the fastest domestic animals of their size. They can reach speeds of 35 miles per hour. They are smart, loving, hardy dogs. They were once given the nickname, "Poor man's racehorse."