Saluki Standard

• GENERAL APPEARANCE - The whole appearance of this breed should give an impression of grace and symmetry and of great speed and endurance coupled with strength and activity to enable it to kill gazelle or other quarry over deep sand or rocky mountain. The expression should be dignified and gentle with deep, faithful, farseeing eyes.

• CHARACTERISTICS - (Not detailed.)

• TEMPERAMENT - (Not detailed.)

• HEAD AND SKULL - Head long and narrow; skull moderately wide between ears, not domed, the stop not pronounced, the whole showing great quality. Nose black or liver.

• EYES - Dark to hazel and bright, large and oval, but not prominent.

• EARS - Long and mobile, covered with long silky hair; hanging close to the skull.

• MOUTH - Teeth strong and level.

• NECK - Long, supple and well muscled.

• FOREQUARTERS - Shoulders sloping and set well back, well muscled without being coarse. The chest deep and moderately narrow. The forelegs straight and long from the elbow to the knee.

• BODY - Back fairly broad, muscles slightly arched over the loin.

• HINDQUARTERS - Strong, hip bones set wide apart, and stifle moderately bent, hocks low to the ground, showing galloping and jumping power.

• FEET - Of moderate length, toes long, and well arched, not splayed out, but at the same time not cat footed; the whole being strong and supple and well feathered between the toes.

• TAIL - Long, set on low and carried naturally in a curve, well feathered on the underside with long silky hair, not bushy.

• GAIT/MOVEMENT - (Not detailed.)

• COAT - Smooth and of a soft silky texture; slight feather on the legs; feather at the back of the thighs; sometimes with slight woolly feather on thigh and shoulders. (In the Smooth variety the points should be the same with the exception of the coat which has no feathering.)

• COLOUR - White, cream, fawn, golden, red, grizzle and tan, tricolour (white, black and tan) and black and tan, or variations of these colours.

• SIZE - Height should average 58-71 cm (23-28 ins).
Bitches proportionately smaller.

• 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.

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

Pre 1987 Kennel Club, London

Whippet 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.

• 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, in livers a nose of the same colour, 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. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

• NECK - Long, muscular, elegantly arched.

• FOREQUARTERS - Shoulders oblique and muscular, blades carried up to top of spine, where they are clearly defined. Forelegs straight and upright, front not too wide, pasterns strong with slight spring, elbows set well under body.

• BODY - Chest very deep with plenty of heart room, brisket deep, well defined, broad back, firm, somewhat long, showing definite arch over loin but not humped. Loin giving impression of strength and power, ribs well sprung, muscled on back.

• HINDQUARTERS - 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.

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

• TAIL - No feathering. Long, tapering, when in action carried in a delicate curve upward but not over back.

• GAIT/MOVEMENT - Free, hindlegs coming well under body for propulsion. Forelegs thrown well forward low over the ground, true coming and going. General movement not to look stilted, high stepping, short or mincing.

• COAT - Fine, short, close in texture.

• COLOUR - Any colour or mixture of colours.

• SIZE - Height:
Dogs 47-51 cm (18 1/2-20 ins)
Bitches 44-47 cm (171/2-181/2 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.

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

Kennel Club, London 1994  F.C.I. Standard No. 162

 

 

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