UK Breed Standard

The Whippet 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.

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Oval, bright, expression very alert.


Rose shaped, small, fine in texture.


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


Long, muscular, elegantly arched.

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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 sloping 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 to at least 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 whilst holding topline. The forlegs should be thrown forward 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.


Any colour or mixture of colours; except merle.


Desirable height: dogs: 47-51 cms (18 1/2″ – 20″); bitches 44-47 cms (17 1/2″ – 18 1/2″)

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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.

Presentation by Ann Beckett-Bradshaw

The Whippet Breed Standard: Why?

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