FCI-Standard N° 162 / 14. 05. 2007/ GB


ORIGIN : Great Britain.



UTILIZATION : Racing dog.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. :    Group     10     Sighthounds.
                                                 Section      3     Short-haired Sighthounds.
                                                 Without working trial.


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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.


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

Nose : Black.  In blues a bluish colour.  In livers a liver nose. In isabel, creams or other diluted coat colours any colour except pink.  Only in whites or parti-coloured a butterfly nose is permissible but not a completely unpigmented nose.
Jaws/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.

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.
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.


FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs straight and upright, front not too wide.
Shoulders : Oblique and muscular; blades carried up to top of spine, where they are clearly defined.
Elbows : Set well under body.
Pasterns : Strong with slight spring.

HINDQUARTERS : Strong.  Dog able to stand over a lot of ground.
Thighs : Broad across.
Stifles : Well bent.
Second thighs : Well developed.
Hocks : Well let down.

FEET : Very neat, well split up between toes, knuckles well arched, pads thick and strong.


GAIT / MOVEMENT : Perfectly free action.  In profile should move with a long easy stride, maintaining the topline. 

The forelegs should be thrown well forward and low over the ground, hindlegs should come well under the body giving great and powerful drive.  General movement not to be stilted, high stepping, short or mincing. True coming and going.


HAIR : Fine, short, close in texture.

COLOUR : Any colour or mixture of colours.

Height at the withers :   Dogs    47-51 cm (18 1/2 - 20 ins).
                                   Bitches 44-47 cm (17 1/2 - 18 1/2 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.


  • Aggressive or overly shy.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

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

Automatic translate from

"Whippet" from "whip" = riding crop.
Perch releases instantaneous and incalculable like the velocit of a whip blow. English say also "snapdog" onomatopeico term to it that reproduces, between the other things, a dry blow, a release, in this case crack it of a riding crop.

The History
The history of this race has several derivations. Some consider it a race that derives from a greyhound intercrossed with an Italian levriero, others consider it a crossing with the terrier.
The historical date of whippet, one rambles also says that whippet the recent, fine creation XIX century, an other that being exposed a painting of Giotto to Padova of 1305 finds support that gi to that age there was this race.
Only levriero for game and consolation of the British miners, than used them in order to run after the wild rabbit.

This in fact a peculiaret that it differentiates the Whippet from all the other levrieri.

The dogs pertaining to this group are from always consider you much noble, and in some even sacred cases.
Therefore, between the dignitaries of the ancient Arabic populations, the Saluki and the Sloughi were the only animals consider "worthy" with the horse you (while all the other dogs quite were thought "beings immondi"). The respect was such that the dogs came lead in the hunting fields on the rump of a camel and the puppys often were nursed from the women.
LIrish Wolfhound was, from the song its, one of the devout ones appreciate noble gifts between since the times of the consuls roman. Their value was cos high, than for a copy they were offered devout of 6000 cows but in order to have it the two buyers they had to come down in war.
The magnificent Borzoi was the exclusive dog of the Zar, than it they donated alone in occasions a lot imports to you, to the other European monarchs.
The Greyhound was appanage of the lord, while Italian the Levrire Small be large the various dog predelight of king, between which the King Sun.
Other dogs were not properly excluded you of the nobilt but they were capacities in great respect from the populations that raised them. Therefore the devout ones exasperated between the levrieri, lAzawakh, were the dog of the Tuareg, while the Magyar Agar was devout the precious companion of the Magiari.
In order to end then with years Sixty, when it was not nobody if it were not taken a walk with an Afghan for the roads of Saint Tropetz.
In some historical periods, in all the countries (except Spain), even they were applied of the laws that prohibited the persons of not noble blood to possess a levriero.
But for the Whippet the things went much various. Nothing resists and nothing castles for he and nothing noble people of the desert. Only case of its narrow family, its origins must exactly to the English miners of before met dellOttocento, one of the social classes devout lowlands of the time, that they practiced the hare-shooting and to the rabbit with theirs terrier (to that time breeds-non breeds from poor). In order to increase the potenzialit of their dogs, the miners began crossings with Italian the Levrire Small before and then with the Greyhound (in order to fix the type).
But he appears obvious, observing a Whippet, than of the terrier it is not remained trace, and the dominant blood is that one of the Greyhound with laggiunta of Italian Levriere Small for giving the ransom reduced without snaturare the levrieroidi shapes. Daltro song other examples of crossings levrire-terrier are (first between all Bedlington Terrier), but in no case they have produced to levrire pure like happening to the Whippet.
However, so fast the created dog risult, than soon the hare-shooting was replaced from the coursing domenicale for the city ways. Nel.giro.di little years, the Whippet is diffused in all lInghilterra, in order to arrive to 1891 when English Club was recognized like race from the Kennel.
New dog and of humble origins therefore. Even if worthy represented of its family. And cos the "levriero of poor" the "Greyhound of the miners", become a class dog, the most elegant shapes, than only eyes refines to you appreciates until in bottom. And if easy to see still today dumb of these dogs in the English estates, it must remember that on those soft ones not prati that the Whippet has taken shape.
This race has also an other characteristic, than this time devout a supremacy: of all the levrieri the devout ones releasing. Or better, if the Greyhound devout the fast one, the Deerhound devout the resistant one. and via cos.. nobody strikes a Whippet in the short feature, 100-200 meters. The exercised muscular power even burns the Greyhound and for this the used dog devout still today in the coursing, tallonato from the same Greyhound.
When nozzle a Whippet to the race, withholding it while it loads and mounts on the earth, is assisted to an impressed metamorphosis, a apparently gracile dog that reveals a true bomb of muscles and in little second ones loses But not to its of small, large, hunter.

Character and behavior
with the other dogs, the whippet, sociable, but for its capacit to run fastly, much presuntuoso.
Amusing E' to see the whippet, especially when they are young and intenibili, to defy the adversary affinch chases it, for dimostrargli how much is imprendibile.
They suffer the solitudine terribly, poich are social animals.
Noisy burglar alarm, not sar never a dog from defense, theirs I bark, with a typical vocione of who has a deep thorax, to put in alarm anyone. Sar insegnargli to stop well to bark hardly comes to it asked, perch pu annoying being.

The papers in rule as levriero the Whippet has tutte.Inoltre park to them in the refractory feeding and to the diseases.
Still an advantage: one of the little levrieri if not the only one, that it can be held without rimorsi in an apartment.
Purch is made correre.Viene considered the "Levriero of future"




In the photo: " Rivarco Gazelle "

F.C.I. Standard n. 162/B of the 24 june 1987


CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 10, levrieri.

General aspect. Balanced combination of muscular power and force, joined to the elegance and the grace of the lines. Constructed for velocit and the job. Every shape of esagerazione must be avoided.
Characteristics. And an ideal friend. Adapted perfectly allambiente relative and sportsman.

Temperament. Cake, affectionate, balanced.

Head and skull. Long and thin head, flat skull, than are shrunk towards the snout, with one stop light, rather wide between the eyes. Powerful jaws with pure lines; tartufo black; in the subjects with blue cape admitted a tartufo bluastro; in the subjects color liver the tartufo of ugual color; in the white men and the tigrati ones tolerated the tartufo partially depigmentato.

Eyes. Ovals, shining, with expression much alive.

Orecchie. To shape of rose, small, of fine webbing.

Mouth. Strong jaws, with perfect, regular set of teeth, complete, closing to scissor, cio with I recorded to you advanced of all overlapped to those inferiors and perpendicular to the same jaws.

Neck. Along, muscoloso, elegant arch.

Front. Oblique and muscolose shoulders; bachelor that arrive until to the apophyses ridges in way clearly defined. Straight front limbs in perpendicularly; the arms too much are not distanced; metacarpi strong and leggermente flexible; elbows very placed under the log.

Log. Thorax much high, and much wide one in the cardiac region; sternale region very come down and very designed; wide, solid back and a po along, that it introduces one light convessit to the level of the lumbar region without being ingobbito.
The lombi it gives power and force impression; the ribs are very try, muscolose to the level of the back.

Posterior. Strongly, with wide thighs, very angled femoro-tibiali articulations, garretti low, legs developed. In station, the dog has one wide base of support, than d limpressione of one high power of propulsion.

Feet. Very it designs to you, with the fingers very separated. Thick and solid fingers with very arched articulations, plantari bearings.

Tail. Without frange, long, paraded, capacity leggermente ricurva during lazione, but never above the back.

Sailing point movement. Melted, the posterior limbs are reflected under the log for giving to allandatura a good push, that front they have a good extension and they are shaving. Sailing point online, sight is from that from GO BACK TO LIST. Nellinsieme landatura does not have to appear tied, n impacciata, n short, n steppante.

Cape. Fine hair, short, compact.

Color. All the colors and the combinations of color are accepted.

Ransom. In the males: 47 51 cm. In the females: 44 47 cm.

Defects. Every shunting line to the standard to consider a defect that goes penalized the gravit second.

Famous. The males must have two testicoli of normal aspect, very reductions in the scroto.


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