Whippet Breed Standard

Seit der Wende orientieren wir uns bewusst am englischen Whippet-
Rassestandard, den wir deshalb an dieser Stelle im originalen Wortlaut
wiedergeben. (Die Illustrationen reproduzierten wir mit freundlicher
Genehmigung nach J P Moran-Healy, "The Whippet", erschienen 2000
in England.)

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.

CHARACTERISTICS

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

TEMPERAMENT
Gentle, affectionate, even disposition.

HEAD AND SKULL

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.

EYES
Oval, bright, expression very alert.

EARS
Rose shaped, small, fine in texture.

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

NECK
Long, muscular, elegantly arched.

FOREQUARTERS
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.

BODY
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.

HINDQUARTERS

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.

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

TAIL

No feathering. Long, tapering, reaching at least to the hock.

When in action carried in a delicate curve not higher than the back.

GAIT | MOVEMENT

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

Fine, short, close in texture.

COLOURS
Any colour or mixture of colours.

SIZE
Desirable height: dogs: 4751 cms (18,520 ins);
bitches: 4447 cms (17,518,5 ins).

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.

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

HEAD FAULTS.

oben: links und Mitte: rounded, 'apple' skull. | rechts: 'Terrier' head.

unten: von links nach rechsts: stop | weak muzzle | weak underjaw.

DENTITION FAULTS.

oben: links: overshot 'parrot' mouth. | rechts: undershot.

unten: links: level or even bite. | rechts: teeth not set square to the jaw.