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The Whippet Breed Council - Online Presentations 2021

Future Event  (8th June 2021)                  Mr. Espen Engh 

Espen Engh is a renowned and well respected International Judge. He will present a judge's journey through time, place and breed history.



About this event

Born into a family where Greyhounds were part of everyday life since 1955, Espen has been very actively involved with dogs from a very early age. The first litter carrying the prefix Jet’s was bred by Espen and his late mother Kari in 1975.

The Jet’s are the top winning Greyhound kennel of all time, having made up 212 individual homebred champions with more than 770 champion titles in 62 different countries, including 103 FCI International champions. Over the years 47 individual homebred Jet’s Greyhounds have won Best in Show.

Espen has imported several international champion Whippets and has also co-owned several Afghan Hound champions with his life partner Åge Gjetnes.

Espen, is also approved to judge 112 breeds with CCs by The Kennel Club, all Groups and Best in Show. Appointments in the UK include more than a dozen breed club championship shows over three groups, with some five Best in Show appointments at all breeds shows. Espen is also approved for All Breeds and BIS by the American Kennel Club and has judged a number of National Specialties, together with all groups and BIS on a number of occasions.

Espen has officiated at 14 World Dog Shows, Westminster Kennel Club, a number of European Dog Shows, the FCI Centenary Show in Dortmund, and Crufts UK on a number of occasions. Other notable appointments include more than twenty FCI title shows, including World Shows and several FCI European, Asian, American and Caribbean shows.

A veterinarian by education, Espen finished his doctoral thesis at the Norwegian College of Veterinary Medicine and was Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine at the University of Oslo, and more recently Chief Executive Officer of the Norwegian Kennel Club.

Tickets will be available from 8pm BST Tuesday 11th May. Professor Virginia Luis Fuentes MA VetMB PhD CertVR DVC MRCVS DipACVIM DipECVIM is the Professor of Cardiology at The Royal Veterinary College.

Virginia is Head of the Cardiology Service, and is an American and European specialist in Cardiology. She splits her time between clinics in the Queen Mother Hospital, teaching and research. She was part of the 'Heart Team' at the International Whippet Congress in Maryland 2018.

What do you know about your dog's heart? And more specifically - what do you know about Whippet hearts? Why not come along and find out?

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Tickets sold out

4th Event 

More than 100 years of Whippets

Mr. Bo Bengston

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Bo Bengtson Recorded Online Talk

Complementary tickets have now been sent to those people who were unable to access the first event on 20th April.

Please check your Email including your spam for an Email from Eventbrite.

There will be some tickets available to purchase for £3.00.

The event is now live but tickets are not yet on sale.

The first batch will be made available on Wednesday 28th April at 8pm BST 

Once again we are most appreciative of Bo Bengtson's kindness and generosity in offering to do this.

Please Email with any queries.

Goes Live 28/04/21


3rd Event 

Breed Health Improvement:- 'finding the balance'

Mr. Ian Seath

In this presentation Ian Seath will talk about approaches to breed health improvement and why every breed needs a health strategy. The Whippet Breed Health and Conservation Plan is still under development with the Kennel Club and there is useful data already available from previous health surveys. The challenge is knowing where it will be best to put our effort. The presentation will cover areas where it might be useful to focus attention and discuss how breeders can make use of DNA tests and clinical screening programmes, as well as some of the pitfalls to be aware of. There will be an opportunity for a question and answer discussion after Ian's presentation.

Ian Seath is Chairman of the Dachshund Breed Council and a member of their Health Committee. As a KC Director, he also serves on the Breed Standards and Conformation Sub-group of the Dog Health Group. He writes a monthly column: "Best of Health", for Our Dogs.

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2nd Event -

A presentation on colour genetics in Whippets - Jo Whitehead (Citycroft)

Jo has an in depth knowledge and understanding of colour genetics in Whippets. Do we know what colours to expect from a mating? What are dilutes and non dilutes? Is this a cream or a fawn? What colours are not genetically possible? She will be able to enlighten us and give us the insight to be able to work these things out for ourselves. This is an introduction to the topic and suitable for all with an interest in the breed.

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1st Event -

Whippet Breed Standard - Pamela Marston-Pollock

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Extended Breed Presentation by Pamela Marston-Pollock (BEC)

The event is to take place online on the evening of Tuesday 8th December, commencing at 19:00hrs

All tickets for this event are sold out

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Thank you so much to our speaker Pam Marston-Pollock and everyone who attended our very first online seminar. It was amazing to see so many from across the world !

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