Whippet

FCI standard Nº 162

Origin
Great Britain
Group
Group 10 Sighthounds
Section
Section 3 Short-haired Sighthounds
Working
Without working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Wednesday 27 April 1955
Publication of the official valid standard
Wednesday 04 September 2019
Last update
Friday 18 October 2019
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Usage

Breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or by sight.

General appearance

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.

Behaviour / temperament

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

Head

Cranial region

Skull
Long and lean, flat on top, tapering to muzzle, rather wide between the eyes. 
Stop
Slight.

Facial region

Nose
Nose black, in blues a bluish colour permitted, liver nose in creams and other dilute colours, in white or parti-colour a butterfly nose is permissible.
Jaws and teeth
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
Oval, bright, expression very alert.
Ears
Rose shaped, small, fine in texture.

Neck

Long, muscular, elegantly arched.

Body

Topline
Showing a graceful arch over loin but the dog is not humped.
Back
Broad, well muscled, firm, somewhat long.
Loin
Giving impression of strength and power.
Chest
Very deep with plenty of heart room, brisket deep, well defined. Ribs well sprung, muscled on back.
Underline and belly
With definite tuck up.

Tail

No feathering. Long, tapering, when in action carried in a delicate curve but not higher than the level of the back.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Forearms straight and upright with moderate bladed bone, front not too wide.
Shoulders
Well laid back with flat muscles. Moderate between the shoulder blades at the withers.
Upper arm
Approximately of equal length to the shoulder blade.
Elbows
Falls directly under the withers when viewed in profile.
Pastern
Strong with slight spring.
Forefeet
Oval, well split up between toes, knuckles well arched,pads thick, nails strong.

Hindquarters

Generality
Strong. Dog able to stand naturally over a lot of ground.
Upper thigh
Broad across.
Lower thigh
Well developed.
Stifle
Well bent.
Hock
Well bent without exaggeration.
Hind feet
Oval, well split up between toes, knuckles well arched,pads thick, nails strong.

Gait and movement

Should possess great freedom of action. In profile should move with a long easy stride whilst holding topline. The forelegs should be thrown forward and low over the ground. Hind legs should come well under the body giving greatpropelling power. General movement not to lookstilted, high stepping, short or mincing. True coming and going.

Coat

Hair
Fine, short, close in texture.
Colour
Any colour or mixture of colours, except merle.

Size and weight

Height at withers
Desirable : Dogs 47-51 cm. Bitches 44-47 cm.

Faults

• 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 its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

http://www.fci.be/

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