Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Whippet

Whippet


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PATRONAGE

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FCI
FCI.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
06.03.2007.
KC
June 2006

UTILISATION

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FCI
Racing dog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 10Sighthounds
Section 3Short-haired Sighthounds
Without working trial

KC
Hound

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Balanced combination of muscular power and strength with elegance and grace of outline. Built for speed and work. All forms of exaggeration should be avoided.
KC
Balanced combination of muscular power and strength with elegance and grace of outline. Built for speed and work. All forms of exaggeration should be avoided.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
An ideal companion. Highly adaptable in domestic and sporting surroundings.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
An ideal companion. Highly adaptable in domestic and sporting surroundings. Gentle, affectionate, even disposition.
KC
Gentle, affectionate, even disposition.

HEAD

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KC
Long and lean, flat on top, tapering to muzzle with slight stop, rather wide between the eyes, jaws powerful and clean-cut, nose black, in blues a bluish colour permitted, liver nose in creams and other dilute colours, in whites or parti-colour a butterfly nose permissible.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Long and lean, flat on top, tapering to muzzle, rather wide between the eyes. Top: Slight.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black. In blues a bluish colour. In livers a liver nose. In isabel, creams or other diluted coat colours any colour except pink. Only in whites or parti-coloured a butterfly nose is permissible but not a completely unpigmented nose.

Muzzle

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KC
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws strong, powerful and clean cut with a perfect scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Eyes

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FCI
Oval, bright, expression very alert.
KC
Oval, bright, expression very alert.

Ears

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FCI
Rose shaped, small, fine in texture.
KC
Rose shaped, small, fine in texture.

NECK

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FCI
Long, muscular, elegantly arched.
KC
Long, muscular, elegantly arched.

BODY

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KC
Chest very deep with plenty of heart room. Well filled in front. Brisket deep. Broad, well muscled back, firm, somewhat long, showing graceful arch over the loin but not humped. Ribs well sprung. Loin giving impression of strength and power. Definite tuck up.

Topline

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FCI
Showing a graceful arch over loin but the dog is not humped.

Back

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FCI
Broad, well muscled, firm, somewhat long.

Loin

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FCI
Giving impression of strength and power.

Chest

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FCI
Very deep with plenty of heart room, brisket deep, well defined. Ribs well sprung, muscled on back.

Underline and belly

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FCI
With definite tuck up.

TAIL

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FCI
No feathering. Long, tapering, when in action carried in a delicate curve but not higher than the level of the back.
KC
No feathering. Long, tapering, reaching at least to the hock. When in action carried in a delicate curve not higher than the back.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Forelegs straight and upright, front not too wide.
KC
Shoulders well laid back with flat muscles. Moderate space between the shoulder blades at the withers. The upper arm is approximately of equal length to the shoulder, placed so that the elbow falls directly under the withers when viewed in profile. Forearms straight and upright with moderate bladed bone. Front not too wide. Pasterns strong with slight spring.

Shoulder

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FCI
Oblique and muscular; blades carried up to top of spine, where they are clearly defined.

Elbow

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FCI
Set well under body.

FORELEGS

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Pastern

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FCI
Strong with slight spring.

FEET

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KC
Oval, well split up between toes, knuckles well arched, pads thick, nails strong.

Forefeet

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FCI
Very neat, well split up between toes, knuckles well arched, pads thick and strong.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong. Dog able to stand over a lot of ground.
KC
Strong, broad across thighs, with well developed second thighs. Stifles well bent without exaggeration with hocks well let down. Able to stand naturally over a lot of ground.

Thigh

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FCI
Broad across.

Stifle

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FCI
Well bent.

HIND LEGS

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Lower thigh

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FCI
Well developed.

Hock

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FCI
Well let down.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Perfectly free action. In profile should move with a long easy stride, maintaining the topline.
The forelegs should be thrown well forward and low over the ground, hindlegs should come well under the body giving great and powerful drive. General movement not to be stilted, high stepping, short or mincing. True coming and going.
KC
Should possess great freedom of action. In profile should move with a long, easy stride whist holding topline. The forelegs should be thrown forward and low over the ground. Hind legs should come well under the body giving greater propelling power. General movement not to look stilted, high stepping, short or mincing. True coming and going.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Fine, short, close in texture.
KC
Fine, short, close in texture.

COLOUR

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FCI
Any colour or mixture of colours.
KC
Any colour or mixture of colours.

SIZE

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KC
Desirable height: dogs: 47-51 cms (181/2-20 ins); bitches: 44-47 cms (171/2-181/2 ins).

Height at withers

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FCI

Dogs 47-51 cm (18 1/2 - 20 ins).
Bitches 44-47 cm (17 1/2 - 18 1/2 ins).

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Aggressive or overly shy.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.