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October 2018:

Kennel Club announcement - 

At a recent meeting, the Kennel Club Board passed a proposal by the UK Whippet Breed Council for an amendment to the Whippet Breed Standard colour clause. The colour clause will now read:


Colour Any colour or mixture of colours, except merle.


The amendment to the standard will be published in the December 2018 edition of the Kennel Club Journal and the Kennel Club’s website will be updated from 1 December 2018.


The Kennel Club gave the Breed Council assurance that they intend to write to the FCI to request that the UK is restored as the country of patronage and that its standard is aligned with the Kennel Club Whippet Breed Standard.


This is wonderful news and we look forward to the FCI whippet standard being brought back in line with the Whippet’s origins.

UK Breed Standard

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.


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


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.


Oval, bright, expression very alert.


Rose shaped, small, fine in texture.


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


Long, muscular, elegantly arched.


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.


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.

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.

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

No feathering. Long, tapering, reaching at least to the hock. When in action carried in a delicate curve not higher than the back.

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.

Fine, short, close in texture.

Colour (see above announcement)
Any colour or mixture of colours.

Desirable height: dogs: 47-51 cms (181/2-20 ins); bitches: 44-47 cms (171/2-181/2 ins).

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.

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

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