whippet

  • HISTORICAL SUMMARY  


He's a born sprinter. The whippet is capable of reaching about 60 km/h.  It is physically very similar to the greyhound, despite being smaller. It is also a very agile and active dog, capable of covering a great distance with little effort. There is no consensus on the origins of this breed on the part of authors who have dedicated themselves to the history of the  Whippet. Some argue that its origin dates back to the times of the pharaohs. Others are less ambitious and say that the Whippet is the result of crosses between the Greyhound and some terrier species made by miners and weavers in northern England in the late 19th century. With these combinations of breeds, it was intended to obtain a species of smaller size, more economical, while maintaining the characteristics of the greyhound in terms of speed and aptitude for hunting hare and rabbit.
 

Country of Origin: Great Britain.

GENERAL APPEARANCE:  Balanced combination of muscular power and strength with elegance and graceful lines. Built for speed and work. Any form of exaggeration should be avoided.
 

BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT:  An ideal companion. Highly adaptable to domestic or sports environments. Kind, affectionate; balanced disposition.

 

HEAD :  
 

  • CRANIAL REGION  
     

Skull : Long and dry, flat on top, tapering to the muzzle, rather wide between the eyes.
 

Stop :  Light.

  • FACIAL REGION

Truffle:  black; in blue specimens, a bluish color is allowed; in liver specimens, the truffle will be the same color; in Isabela, cream or other colors diluted in the coat, any color except pink; Only in whites or particolors, a truffle with depigmented areas is allowed, but not a completely depigmented truffle.
 

Jaws and Teeth:  Strong, powerful jaws with well-defined contours, with a perfect scissor bite.
 

Eyes:  Oval, shiny; very alert expression.


Ears :  Rose-shaped, small, fine textured.

NECK :  Long, muscular, elegantly arched.
 

  • TRUNK
     

Top Line:  Showing a graceful bow over the loin, but the dog does not show a hunchbacked back.
 

Back:  Broad, well muscled, firm, rather long.

Loin:
  Giving an impression of strength and power.


chest :  Very deep, with plenty of room for the heart; deep, well-defined rib cage. Arched ribs, muscular on the back.
 

Belly :  With definite retraction.
 

TAIL:  No fringes. Long, tapered and, when in action, curves upwards, without going beyond the line of the back.
 

  • MEMBERS

 

PREVIOUS :  Straight and upright, front not too wide.
 

Shoulders: Oblique and muscular; scapulae reaching backbone, where they are clearly defined.

 

Elbows:  Well set below the body.

Metacarpals:
  Strong and slightly elastic.
 

HINDQUARTERS :  strong. The Whippet is capable of covering large expanses of terrain.
 

Legs: Well developed.

 

Thighs:  wide.

Knees :
  Well angled.
 

Hocks :  Well let down.

 

Paws :  Well-defined contours, well-spaced and well-arched toes, thick, hard pads
 

  • DRIVE :  Perfectly free action. In profile, it should move with wide, easy strides, keeping the top line. The forelimbs must reach good distances in front, keeping low and close to the ground; the hindquarters should be situated well below the body giving great and powerful thrust. The movement, in general, should not be pompous, show high, short or choppy strides. Correct back and forth movement.
     

  • COAT

By :  Thin, short, tight.
 

  • COLOR:
     

  1. Any color or mix of colors.
     

SIZE :  Males: 47 to 51 cm. Females: 44 to 47 cm.
           

  • FAULTS  

Any deviation from the terms of this standard should be considered a fault and penalized in exact proportion to its severity and its effects on the health and well being of the dog.  

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

 

• Aggressiveness or excessive shyness.

• Any dog that shows any sign of physical or behavioral anomaly must be disqualified.

  • GRADES

 

• Males must have both testicles, of normal appearance, well let down and accommodated in the scrotum.

• Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with typical breed conformation should be used for breeding.