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March 19, 2022

Fascinating Pictures of the Whippet Clubs in Ashington and North Seaton in 1982

The Whippet is a British dog breed of medium size. They are a sighthound breed that originated in England, where they descended from the Greyhound. Whippets today still strongly resemble a smaller Greyhound. 

In the 19th century, Whippet racing was a popular sport in parts of England. The Whippet was held in high regard in the northern parts of England and Wales. At the time, there were two varieties of Whippet. The first type had a smooth coat, was more popular in Lancashire, Yorkshire, and the Midlands, and became the modern Whippet. The other had a rough coat from crossbreeding with Bedlington Terriers. This type was more popular in Durham and Northumberland and was frequently referred to as a "rabbit dog".

These images were captured during 1982 at Ashington and North Seaton Whippet Clubs in Northumberland by Mik Critchlow, a social documentary photographer based in the North East of England.


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