They may sound ferocious, but whippets are in fact lovable pets who also have an amazing ability to sprint a high speed, this makes them perfect for racing.
Each pedigree dog is weighed for its race handicap.
They get up to about 35 mph (60 km/h), reaching full speed in only two strides.
Pedigree Whippet racing started after the 2nd World War and became popular in the late 1960s when most modern clubs were established.
The race track is over 150 yards straight, with modern electrically sprung traps. The lure is a piece of plastic with trailing rags and taken to the start at the beginning of each race by a motorbike rider.