THE BREED STANDARD...
Balanced combination of muscular power and strength, with elegance and grace of outline. Built for speed and work. All forms of exageration should be avoided.
An ideal companion. Highly adaptable is domestic and sporting surroundings.
Gentle, affectionate and even disposition.
Head & Skull
Long and lean, flat on top tapering to muzzle with a slight stop. Rather wide between the eyes. Jaws powerful and clean cut. Nose black (in blues a bluish colour is permitted; in livers a nose of the same colour permitted; in whites or particolours a butterfly is permissible).
Long, muscular, elegantly arched.
Oval, bright, expression very alert.
Rose shaped, small, fine in texture.
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite
Shoulders oblique and muscular, blades carried up to the top of the spine, where thy are clearly defined. Forelegs straight and upright. Front not too wide. Pasterns strong with a slight spring. Elbows set well under the body.
Chest very deep with plenty of heart room, brisket deep, well defined. Broad back, firm, somewhat long, showing a definite arch over the loin, but not humped. Loin giving the impression of strength and power. Ribs well-sprung, muscled on back.
Strong, broad across thighs, stifles well bent, hocks well let down. Well developed second thighs. Dog able to stand over a lot of ground and show great driving power.
No feathering, Long, tapering, when in action carried in a delicate curve upward, but not over back.
Very neat, well split up between toes. knuckles well arched, pads thick and strong
Free, hindlegs coming well under body for propulsion. Forelegs thrown wll forward low over the ground, true coming and going. General movement not to look stilted, high stepping, short or mincing.
Fine, short. close in texture.
Any colour or mixture of colours EXCEPT MERLE (Amendment to Whippet Breed Standard as of 1st December 2018)
Height: Dogs 47-51cms (18.5-20 inches) Bitches 44-47cm (17.5-18.5 inches)
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault with which the fault should be regarded should be in direct proportion to its degree.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.