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The Whippet Breed Standards

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Canadian Whippet Standard

American Whippet Standard

 

 

Canadian Whippet Standard

 

As approved by the Canadian Kennel Club

 

General Appearance

 

The Whippet should be a dog of moderate size, very alert, that can cover a maximum of distance with a minimum of lost motion, a true sporting hound.  Should be put down in hard condition but with no suggestion of being muscle-bound.

 

Size

Ideal height for dogs 19 - 22 inches; for bitches, 18 - 21 inches.  These are not intended to be definite limits, only approximate.

 

Coat & Color

 

Coat close, smooth and firm in texture.  Color immaterial

 

Head

 

Long and lean, fairly wide between the ears, scarcely perceptible stop, good length of muzzle which should be powerful without being coarse.  Nose entirely black.  Teeth white, strong and even.  Teeth of upper jaw should fit closely over the lower.  Eyes large, intelligent, round in shape and dark hazel in color, must be at least as dark as the coat color.  Expression should be keen and alert.  A sulky expression and lack of alertness to be considered most undesirable.  Ears small, fine in texture, thrown back and folded.  Semi-pricked when at attention.

 

Neck

Long and muscular, well arched and with no suggestion of throatiness, widening gradually into the shoulders.  Must not have any tendency to an "ewe" neck.

 

Forequarters

 

Shoulders long, well laid back with long, flat muscles.  Forelegs straight and rather long, held in line with the shoulders and not set under the body so as to make a forechest.  Elbows should turn neither in nor out and move freely with the point of the shoulder.  Fair amount of bone, which should carry right down to the feet.  Pasterns strong.

 

Body

 

Back strong and powerful, rather long with a good, natural arch over the loin creating a definite tuck-up of the underline, but covering a lot of ground.  Brisket very deep and strong, reaching as nearly as possible to the point of the elbow.  Ribs well sprung but with no suggestion of barrel shape.  Should fill in the space between the forelegs so that there is no appearance of a hollow between them.

 

Hindquarters

Long and powerful, stifles well bent, hocks well let down and close to the ground.  Thighs broad and muscular, the muscles should be long and flat.  A steep croup is most undesirable.  Feet must be well formed with strong, thick pads and well-knuckled up paws.

 

Tail

Long and tapering, should reach to a hop bone when drawn through between the hind legs.  Must not be carried higher than the top of the back when moving.

 

Gait

 

Low, free moving and smooth, as long as is commensurate with the size of the dog.

 

Faults

 

Light yellow or oblique eyes should be strictly penalized.  Gay ears are incorrect and should be severely penalized.  Loaded shoulders are a very serious fault.  A thin, flat open foot is a serious fault.  A short mincing gait with high knee action should be severely penalized.

 

Disqualifications

An undershot mouth shall disqualify

 


American Whippet Standard

Revised and approved by the American Kennel Club on August 10, 1993.

Effective September 30, 1993.

General Appearance:

A moderate sized sight hound that gives the appearance of elegance and fitness, denoting great speed, power, and balance without coarseness. A true sporting hound that covers a maximum of distance with a minimum of lost motion. Should convey an impression of beautifully balanced muscular power and strength, combined with great elegance and grace of outline. Symmetry of outline, muscular development and powerful gait are the main considerations; the being built for speed and work, all forms of exaggeration should be avoided.

Size, Proportion, Substance:

Ideal height for dogs, 19-22 inches; for bitches, 18-21 inches measured at the highest point of the withers. More than one-half inch above or below the stated limits will disqualify. Length from forechest to buttocks equal to or slightly greater than height at the withers. Moderate bone throughout.

Head:

Keen intelligent alert expression.

Eyes large and dark. Both eyes must be of the same color. Yellow or light eyes should be strictly penalized. Blue or wall eyes shall disqualify. Fully pigmented eyelids are desirable.

Rose ears, small, fine in texture; in repose, thrown back and folded along neck. Fold should be maintained when at attention. Erect ears should be severely penalized.

Skull long and lean, fairly wide in between the ears, scarcely perceptible stop.

Muzzle should be long and powerful denoting great strength of bite, without coarseness. Lack of underjaw should be strictly penalized. Nose entirely black.

Teeth of upper jaw should fit closely over teeth of lower jaw creating a scissors bite. Teeth should be white and strong. Undershot shall disqualify. Overshot one-quarter inch or more shall disqualify.

Neck, Topline, Body:

Neck long, clean and muscular, well arched with no suggestion of throatiness, widening gracefully into the top of the shoulder. A short thick neck, or ewe neck, should be penalized.

The back is broad, firm and well muscled, having length over the loin. The backline runs smoothly from the withers with a graceful natural arch, not to accentuated, beginning over the loin and carrying through over the croup; the arch is continuous without flatness. A dip behind the shoulder blades, wheelback, flat back, or a steep or flat croup should be penalized.

Brisket very deep, reach as nearly as possible to the point of the elbow.

Ribs well sprung but with no suggestion of barrel shape. The space between the forelegs is filled in so that there is no appearance of a hollow between them. There is a definite tuckup of the underline.

Tail:

Long and tapering, reaching to the hipbone when drawn between the hind legs, when the dog is in motion, the tail is carried low with only a gentle upward curve; tail should not be carried higher that the top of back.

Forequarters:

Shoulder blade long, well laid back, with flat muscles, allowing for moderate space between shoulder blades at peak of withers. Upper arm of equal length, placed so that the elbow falls directly under the withers.

The points of the elbows should point neither in nor out, but straight back. A steep shoulder, a short upper arm, a heavily muscled or loaded shoulder, or a very narrow shoulder, should be strictly penalized.

Forelegs straight, giving appearance of strength and substance of bone. Pasterns strong, slightly bent and flexible. Bowed legs, tied-in elbows, legs lacking substance, legs set under body so as to create and exaggerated forechest, weak or upright pasterns should be strictly penalized.

Both front and rear feet must be well formed with hard, thick pads. Feet more hare than cat, but both are acceptable. Flat, splayed or soft feet without thick pads should be strictly penalized. Toes should be long, close and well arched. Nails strong and naturally short or of moderate length. Dewclaws may be removed.

Hindquarters:

Long and powerful. The thighs are broad and muscular, stifles well bent; muscles are long and flat and carry well down toward the hock. The hocks are well let down and close to the ground. Sickle or cows hocks should be strictly penalized.

Coat:

Short, close, smooth and firm in texture. Any other coat shall be a disqualification. Old scars and injuries, the result of work or accident, should not be allowed to prejudice the dog's chance in the show ring.

Color:

Color immaterial.

Gait:

Low, free moving and smooth, with reach in the forequarters and strong drive in the hindquarters. The dog has great freedom of action when viewed from the side; the forelegs move close to the ground to give a long, low reach; the hind legs have strong propelling power. When moving and viewed from front and rear, legs should turn neither in nor out, nor should feet cross or interfere with each other. Lack of front reach or rear drive, or a short, hackney gait with high wrist action should be strictly penalized. Crossing in front of moving too close should be strictly penalized.

Temperament:

Amiable, friendly, gentle, but capable of great intensity during sporting pursuits.

Disqualifications:

More than one-half inch above or below stated height limits.

Blue or wall eyes

Undershot; overshot one-quarter inch or more.

Any coat other than short, close, smooth and firm in texture.

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