Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

United Kennel Club

Whippet

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
UKC
Sighthound/Pariah

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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UKC
Developed in Great Britain as the "poor man's race horse,” the Whippet is believed to include such breeds as the early working Terriers, the Greyhound and the Italian Greyhound. Regardless of origin, the breed was used by the working class for sprint racing, a sport that was imported to the United States. The Whippet was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1935.

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.
UKC
The Whippet is a sighthound of medium size that gives an overall balanced impression of elegance, muscular power and grace of outline. The breed is built for speed and work. Serious Fault: Any form of exaggeration that would be detrimental to speed and work.

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.
UKC
The Whippet is amiable, friendly, gentle and extremely adaptable at home or in the field. He makes an ideal companion.

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.
UKC
The long, lean skull is flat on top and fairly broad, tapering in width from ear to eye. The stop is scarcely perceptible.

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.
UKC
The nose is entirely black.

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.
UKC
The muzzle is long and powerful, but not coarse. There is a strong underjaw.

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.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite, the teeth of the upper jaw fitting closely over the teeth of the lower jaw.

Eyes

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FCI
Oval, bright, expression very alert.
KC
Oval, bright, expression very alert.
UKC
The large, dark eyes must be of the same color. Fully pigmented eyelids are desirable. The expression is alert and intelligent.

Ears

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FCI
Rose shaped, small, fine in texture.
KC
Rose shaped, small, fine in texture.
UKC
The rose ears are characteristic of the breed. They are small and fine in texture. In repose, they are thrown back and folded along the neck.

NECK

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FCI
Long, muscular, elegantly arched.
KC
Long, muscular, elegantly arched.
UKC
The long, clean, muscular neck is well arched, with no suggestion of throatiness. It widens gracefully into the top of the shoulders.

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.
UKC
The length, measured from the forechest to the buttocks, is equal to or slightly greater than the height, measured at the highest point of the withers. The broad, firm back is well muscled. The chest is very deep, with plenty of heart room. The space between the forelegs is filled in so there is no appearance of a hollow between them. The ribs are well sprung. The backline runs smoothly from the withers. A graceful, natural, but not too accentuated, arch begins over the loin and carries through over the croup. It is continuous without flatness. There is a 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.
UKC
The long, tapering tail reaches to the hip bone when drawn through between the hind legs. When the dog is in motion, the tail is carried low, with only a gentle, upward curve. The tail is not carried higher than the top of 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.
UKC
The well laid back, long shoulder blades have flat muscles, allowing for moderate space between the shoulder blades at the peak of the withers. The upper arm is of equal length to the shoulder blade, allowing the elbows to fall directly under the withers.

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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UKC
The straight forelegs give the appearance of strength and substance of bone. The points of the elbows point straight back, and are neither in nor out. The strong, flexible pasterns are slightly bent. Dewclaws may be removed.

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.
UKC
The well-formed feet have hard, thick pads. Both hare and cat feet are acceptable, but the former are preferred. The long, close toes are well arched. The strong nails are naturally short or of moderate length.

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.
UKC
The hindquarters are long and strong, giving the dog the impression of standing 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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UKC
The thighs are broad and muscular. The stifles are well bent. The long, flat muscles carry well down toward the hock. The hocks are well let down and close to the ground. Dewclaws may be removed.

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.
UKC
Movement is low, free moving and smooth. There is reach in the forequarters; the forelegs move forward close to the ground, providing a long, low reach. There is a strong drive in the hindquarters, with the hind legs having strong propelling power. When viewed from the side, there is a great freedom of action, and the topline is maintained. When viewed from the front or rear while gaiting, the legs turn neither in nor out, nor do the feet cross over or interfere with each other.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Fine, short, close in texture.
KC
Fine, short, close in texture.
UKC
The short, close, smooth coat is firm in texture. Scars and injuries, which may be the result of work or accident, are not to be penalized.

COLOUR

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FCI
Any colour or mixture of colours.
KC
Any colour or mixture of colours.
UKC
Color is inconsequential.

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).
UKC
The height range, measured at the highest point of the withers is as follows: dogs, 19 to 22 inches; bitches, 18 to 21 inches.

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.
UKC

Neck: Short, thick neck. Ewe neck.
Body: A dip behind the shoulder blades. Wheelback. Flat back. Steep or flat croup.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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UKC

Muzzle: Lack of underjaw.
Eyes: Yellow or light eyes.
Ears: Erect ears.
Forelegs: Steep shoulder. Short upper arm. Heavily muscled or loaded shoulder. Very narrow shoulder. Bowed logs. Tied-in elbows. Legs lacking substance. Legs set so far under the body to create an exaggerated forechest. Weak or upright pasterns.
Hind Legs: Sickle hocks. Cowhocks.
Feet: Splayed feet. Soft feet without thick, hard pads.
Gait: Lack of reach or drive. Hackney gait. Crossing over. Moving too close.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

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

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Blue or wall eyes. Undershot bite. Overshot bite one-quarter inch or more. Any coat other than described.
Teeth: Undershot bite. Overshot bite one-quarter inch or more.
Eyes: Blue or wall eyes.
Coat: Any coat other than described above.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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