|Welcome to the American Whippet Club|
1985 American Whippet Club National
Pages 26 through 51
Eastern Specialty Report
The 1985 Eastern Specialty was very special! Our weekend started off on Friday at the Fiesta Motel with a successful eye clinic followed by a "dinner get together".
Saturday, June 1st, was a great show day with beautiful weather and a wonderful entry of 149. Every 10th dog entered the show was a whippet! So it seemed quite appropriate when Ch.O'Bailee's Brittania went all the way to Best In Show.
Sunday found folks off to a supported entry at Delaware Co. and the N.P.R. race meet. Another day of fine weather and whippet comradery.
Looking forward to seeing you all again on May 31st for our 1986 Eastern Specialty.
The 1986 Eastern Specialty weekend will begin on Friday, May 30, 1986 at the Fiesta Motel, Willow Grove, PA with a seminar sponsored by Borden. Ms Pricilla Benkin and noted veterinary ophthalmologist Dr Seth Koch will discuss "Nutritionally Induced Eye Problems". There will be a dinner to follow.
Once again the Specialty will be held in conjunction with the Hunting don Valley KC show on Saturday, May 31st at Ambler, PA. The breed judge will be Mr Magnus Hagstedt ( Sweden) and the Sweepstakes will be judged by breeder/ exhibitor Mrs Iva Cottrell ( San Diego, CA).
Sunday, June 1st, there will be a N.P.R. race meet held on the Bridge water Township Fairgrounds, just outside of Somerville, NJ. For further information concerning the race meet, contact: Rich Briscoe, 705 Orange Ave., Cranford, NJ .
For further Specialty information, contact: Harriett N. Lee, 14 Oak Circle , Charlottesville, VA 22901 .
— Harriett Nash Lee —
"No kennel is stronger than its bitches. A single producing bitch my be, and has been more often than not, the very cornerstone of a successful strain of any variety of dog."
— Kyle Onstott. The New Art of Breeding Better Dogs.
We believe these three daughters of Ch. Raybar's I'm Rim, F.Ch. are beautiful examples of the above statement.
AM.CAN.CH. RAYBAR'S ON THE BRINK
( Ch. Stoney Meadows Magnet x Rim)
For information on planned 1986 breedings of these bitches, contact Barbara Parsons.
Ch. Marial's Phoenix, F.Ch.
May 13, 1974 - June 18, 1985
A lovely black-masked red fawn bitch in the true tradition of her Grandmothers (Ch. Marial's Tinsel, ARM, CD and Epinard's Sadelia. A daughter of Ch. Marial's Memphis, ARM - one of the top producers of ARM winners.). A busy year is planned for her with racing, lure coursing and limited showing in the offing. Marial's Winnipeg also had a fun year and always looks forward to seeing everyone -especially The Gambler. (Hi, Sue)
Ch. Marial's Padneyhill Illusion, ARM
#1 RANKED RACE WHIPPET – 1979
SBIS Ch. Sheridan Marial's Nikita
AWC MIDWEST SPECIALTY WINNER - 1980
Marial's Whitewater, ARM
(Luke's Jay-Jess of Toro, ARM x Ch. Marial's Memphis, ARM)
Milwaukee , Wisconsin
Ch. Marial's Gazon Illusionist
( Ch. Marial's Padneyhill Illusion, ARM x Stoney Meadows Snow Job, F.Ch.)
Pictured above with owner-handler Mary Beth Arthur going Hound Group 1st
at the Waukesha Kennel Club show February 23, 1985 under judge Kent Delaney.
"Laser" is a keen grade C racer and sire of a recent litter out of Ch. Marial's Memphis, ARM.
Our Litter From:
Both lines going back over the Great Top Producing Eng.Ch. Laguna Ligonier.
TERRA BELLA BATTIMANO (5 1/2 months)
First time shown Timothy wins
BEST IN MATCH
at 5+ months.
Pete & Jeanette Pozzi - 11233 Terra Bella, Cupertino, CA 95014 (408)446-4238
Runner's Foundation Matriarch -
The incomparable -
BIS AM.&MEX.CH. RUNNER'S OUR OWN CHARISMA
A show dog of record and a dam of excellence celebrates her 14th birthday in December, 1985 with her famous son, The Continental and grandson, Lasma (the latest Specialty offspring winner) and great grand daughters, out of her Group winning daughter, Ambiance.
Charisma's distinctions and famous sons, daughters and grand children are too numerous to mention. But 2 won the Breed at Westminster and 2 AWC Specialty winners; 2 of her grandsons won AWC Specialties and 1 a multi-BIS. Her son, The Continental, was winner of 14 Best In Shows and in 3 different countries, plus winner of 3 Specialties - AWC, SCWA and Canadian Gazehound.
Going strong at 14, we love you so and cherish every minute of those wonder ful years. Here's looking at your 15th!
Your Breeder-Owner: Isabell Stoffers Speight of Runner's
LASMA - OUR 1985 "COAST TO COAST" SPECIALTY WINNER.
Sire: Am.Mex.Can.Ch. Runner's He's The Continental Dam: Ariami's Victory Sensation, F.Ch.
Eastern AWC Specialty - BOW and Best Senior Sweeps - 6/1/85 under Dr. John Reeve-Newson and Barbara Rupert (respectively).
Western AWC Specialty - SBIS - 7/26/85 - under Mrs. Gayle Bontecou (pictured).
Ch. Lasma's Continental Divide
Handled to perfection by Christy Nelson.
Runner's and Lasma are very proud of this 1 1/2 year old who is truly a look alike to his famous sire. Lasma is orange and white, 20 1/2", balanced and sound moving - a special dog in every way.
The Continental, Lasma and other sons are at stud to approved bitches. Young adult stock and puppies available. Inquiries invited.
Report of Western Region of AWC
The Western AWC Specialty was held on July 26, 1985 in conjunction with the Western Sighthound Combined Specialties on the grounds of the Santa Barbara K.C. show. Last year the whole show weekend, including our specialty, had to be moved out of the area to take a "back seat" to the Olympics, due to some of the events being held in the Goleta and Santa Barbara community. Our park site was lovely, complete with a lake and ducks and beautiful grassy rings. It was in Lompoc and all three days of showing, racing and Lure Coursing events were held within a close proximity. Our dinner was at the famed Anderson "split pea" and though everyone had an enjoyable time, it was a pleasure to be back at our old familiar home grounds in 1985.
From our humble first year when it was just the Whippets and Greyhounds comprising the "combined" some six years ago. This year we added the Afghan hounds and had an AKC sanctioned Pharoah Hound Match, which gave us a total entry of 983, which included Obedience, Sweepstakes and Junior Showmanship (but excluded the Pharoah entry). Whippets had a grand total of 259 with 14 in the Obedience and 55 in Sweeps; also had two in brace in show and obedience (both being different braces). There were 30 specials and four "move—ups" from classes to specials. Interesting to note here that both the winners of the veterans classes were Best in Show dogs which meant that there was a record of six BIS dogs competing for Specialty Best In Show. This year we offered Junior Showmanship for the first time. We had an entry of only two so we hope for more juniors next year.
Our Sweepstakes judge was Mr. James Gaidos and doing our regular classes we had the honor of having Gayle Bonticou of Gayleward Scottish Deerhound fame. The winners of all the various classes have been printed previously in the Newsletter.
The Santa Barbara show grounds have to be the lovliest in the country. Yellow and white tenting, lush green turf in the rings, bright blue skies and the Whippet rings outstanding silver trophy display. Silver was awarded to first in every class plus a medallion for first through fourth. There was an outstanding sculptured trio of Whippets in running position for Best of Breed.
Early bird coffee and sweet rolls to start the morning. Followed by a box luncheon served from the hospitality area of horseshoe motor homes. Later in the afternoon complimentary wine and cheese was served ringside to the fancy and exhibitors.
Of course the following day featured the traditional NPR and that evening our special Whippeteer dinner and introduction of guests from all over the US and Canada.
Next year will find us again at Santa Barbara with the Combined group. Our date is July 25, 1986 and we hope to have some added attraction for our three days of Whippet activities. Our regular Specialty judge will be Mr. Larry Shaw of Georgia and doing Sweepstakes is Canadian, Mrs. Lorna Leinbach.
We hope you will plan to attend this one and only Sighthound events of its' kind in the United States — our Western Specialty. Come and vacation at the seashore, meet other Whippet friends and have the opportunity of majors all three days, plus the races, lure coursing and oval track.
See you in 1986!
Isabell Stoffers Speight
While WILDFIRE'S ladies have been busy - "the Boys" weren't idle!!
WILDFIRE'S HIGHWAYMAN - "Butch", recovered from his desert ordeal, is half-way to his field championship.
CH. WILDFIRE'S SUMMER SUNDANCE has been bred to BIS CH. OLDLANDS SWAN SONG - puppies due Christmas 1985!
Box 4728 Cave Creek Stage, Phoenix, Arizona 85020 (602 ) 48 8 - 3801
Improvement of Your Whippets
by Selective and Knowledgeable Breeding
Mrs. Margaret Newcombe
The breeder must have an eye for correctness in the breed and be able to put his ideas of correctness with those already established by the Standard of the Breed and Breeders past. One must know his pedigree inside and out, know the animals in them, if possible, and be alert to all faults suggested by them. In other words, a good breeder must be a computer that stores knowledge past and present and be able to be hard on himself for mistakes he has made in the past and try not to create them again. Just because a breeding has produced one or two Champions in a certain litter doesn't mean it is a successful venture unless you are satisfied yourself, and others have honestly told you a job well done. As a breeder your most objective party must be the owner of the other half (stud dog or brood bitch). You should get together, if possible, with them and the whole litter and decide together that it's a good one, or a bad one; pull it apart and be HONEST. This cannot be done before the pups are 4 to 6 months.
I have seen animals in the ring today whose lineage I know from top to bottom, and after seeing one or two pups, would never have repeated the matings. However those matings have been repeated and repeated, and have reproduced even worse faults than the first mating. By doing this, what has one gained? If just one puppy is better than the sire and the dam, then go on with that one puppy and never look back. Try to better the puppy and forget the Sire and Dam until later, if you need them at all. Of course, you can breed the Dam again, but try another dog the next time. Who knows, she may have ten times a better litter the second time; if so, then you have hit a stud perhaps for that bitch. A true stud dog, the one that deserves the title of Stud Dog, is a dog that constantly produces what you as a breeder are looking for in the breed, regardless of what bitch he is bred to. A Stud Dog is also a dog who marks his puppies with type, quality and elegance so that you as a breeder know his get regardless of where you see them. This also holds true for a good brood bitch.
Example: "Fleetfoot" produced necks, ears, fronts, bone, feet, body and top lines. He didn't produce heads, eye pigment, temperament at times, to certain females, and required help from the bitch with angulation and rear ends. In my breeding program this became evident and is why Tantivvy Diver was introduced to the line; for his excellent pigment, gorgeous temperament, with which he marked and stamped all of his pups, and his drive behind. Diver's influence can be seen today. I can spot Diver pups in a crowd. The pedigree today with Fleetfoot and Diver in it is worth gold, and any bitch should produce gold if she is bred properly. At this point I would like to be able to mention other studs and give you a picture of those I feel have put their mark on the breed, but before I do, I will ask you please to bear in mind that this is just my opinion. Of all the males imported from England with the lineage, I truly believe Ch. Coveydown Greenbrae Wayfarer and Ch. Tantivvey Diver of Pennyworth (they had different Dams but the sires were the same) were out standing and most consistent in the good points produced. Outstanding American Studs, Ch. Stoney Meadows Bold Venture, Ch. Meander Bob White and Ch. Meander Robin all have contributed as stud dogs, greatly to the breed as have Ch. Just Richard and Ch. Stoney Meadows Red Fox. These are just a few that I can remember who have stamped the breed with good and have helped greatly to carry on quality and elegance in the breed.
** The World Book defines QUALITY as something special about an object that makes it what it is.
** QUALITY CONTROL: The inspection of a material to insure it meets the standard set by the manufacturer. Breeders are their own Quality Controllers. They set the standard and produce the coming generations.
** Elegance: Refined grace and richness: Luxury, free from coarseness, fineness, choiceness.
It is our job as breeders to see that only the CREAM of what we breed gets into the ring. We are the only ones who command what is shown, and it hurts me, as a breeder, to look in the ring and see a Professional Handler, who is receiv ing money for his services, showing an animal that is unworthy of the CHAMPION in front of his name. This can only be stopped by us, the breeders. A Professional Handler is just that, a Professional Handler. They are not supposed to ascertain if a good dog is good or a bad dog is bad. They are being paid by you to show your dog, not to tell you what is right about your breed. So please, as a breeder, make up your own mind, if you feel the animal passes your quality control and deserves to be a champion and you wish to have a handler handle your dog, then by all means do so, don't let them make up your mind for you. As I have said, just because a dog is winning does not make him a stud dog, the proof is in the pudding and that is what a stud dog produces. The same goes for your bitch. She is the mainstay of your kennel, and if you're going to breed her, be ever mindful of her faults, as well as her attributes, above all make sure she has QUALITY AND ELEGANCE because without this you and she are lost. I might add here that on our recent January circuit, I watch the Open dog and bitch class as well as the Specials, very, very carefully, and I found only two Open bitches with elegance and quality, and one special. There were others with nice things about them, but the quality was lacking which just made them another whippet, and the good LORD only knows, we do have enough of these. New there is one more point I would like to hit here. Lately I have heard OH! how I wish the Whippet was more popular so that I could sell my pet puppies. Please don't wish this loveliest of all breeds away, and that is exactly what you are doing. The Whippet is a very Special breed, and let's keep it that way; if the breed becomes popular and they are too numerous, the only thing that can happen is disaster, because with quantity you lose quality, and when quality is lost, you have nothing left. The Whippet will never be the same again, if this does happen, and will join the ranks of the Cocker Spaniel, Poodle and the Peke. I know it is hard to do, and most of us do not like the task, but I am a firm believer in putting pet puppies to sleep unless you have an honest request from a trustworthy person for a puppy.
Now, last but not least, I have heard so many people say, "What is happening to our judges, why are they putting up so and so?" My Dear Breeders, you are the reason for any and all errors they make in judging, because you are putting the picture in front of them. Take flat backs, why are they so prevalent in the ring today? Because you as breeders are showing more and more of them, and as a matter of fact, they are getting so prevalent that when a dog or bitch with a proper back walks in, it looks out of place, as if it didn't belong. The only way to stop the judges from putting this up is for you, the breeder, to stop breeding and showing them. I will go a bit further and say that this goes for all the gripes you have — if you stop breeding them and showing them, then the judges cannot put them up, can they? I am honestly convinced that a great number of breeders today do not know what a proper Whippet back looks like, any more than they know what a proper Whippet ear is. If you don't know, then for goodness sake, take time to learn. Please don't go on breeding just for the sake of breeding. What have you gained? Please, I do hope that each and every one of you will go home and go through the Whippets you now own, take them one by one and judge them yourself. You decide for yourself which one, if you could only keep one, which one would you take on Noah's Ark. When you have made your choice, get out that dog or bitch's pedigree and study it — decide where his or her faults are, body—wise and on paper — then let us set out on a crusade to produce less quantity and more quality in this our lovely breed — The Whippet.
As printed in the April, 1976 AWC Whippet Newsletter.
A KENNEL REPORT
by Mary Beth Arthur Marial's Whippets
The following article will be of great interest to all those who are now breeding, or are considering breeding in the near or far future. The first part is a Kennel Report, first printed in the WHIPPET NEWS in April, 1969, from the Marial Kennel. The second part originally printed in June, 1975 represents an honest evaluation of how their carefully planned litter turned out. The third and final installment, dated December, 1985 concentrates on later generations.THE WHIPPET NEWS would welcome similar articles from other breeders.
PART I - MARIAL'S WHIPPETS, APRIL 1969
One thing we would like to see in the NEWS, and we know other people would also, is more kennel reports. In particular, kennel reports dealing with specific breeding programs and results. This would be extremely helpful to breeders just getting started and of general interest to all. In this report, we will objectively present our thoughts and decisions on the breeding program we are trying to follow as it relates to our latest litter.
Since raising Whippets is not a profitable undertaking, we raise Whippets mainly as a hobby and campaign just a few in shows, race meets and obedience trials. The pups which do not measure up to our personal standard (which demands a combination showdog, racedog and companion dog) are either sold or humanely euthanized. We do not believe in giving dogs away as they are very seldom appreciated. However, those that we do sell are of good quality and usually would be kept if space allowed.
Late last year we decided it was time to raise another litter, since our youngest dog was approaching four years of age. When it comes time to breed again, we try to find the right stud dog and bitch that will produce a sound dog which possesses racing desire and determination as well as having an agreeable disposition. We put an emphasis on soundness as an unsound Whippet is of little value as a running animal.
In choosing a stud dog and brood bitch we studied many Whippets with different bloodlines and evaluated them on the basis of their show and race potential. An important factor in this selection is their ability to produce offspring of similar quality.
Our choice for a stud dog was Ch. Forest Slim Jim, C.D. (by Ch. Red Letter O'Lazeland ex Harbridge Lovely Lady), a white and red parti-color of good size (21 3/4" and 33 lbs.). His strong points are type, temperament (both as a companion and racer), elegant neck, brisket, topline, good rear angulation, lovely pigment and bone. His weak points are movement, front, feet, ears and tail length. He is average in all other qualities. For our purpose, we feel that his strong points far outweigh his faults. A hidden quality which he possesses is the ability to produce litters which are uniform in quality.
From what we have seen of the several litters Jim had already sired, the offspring was consistent in having: racing determination, temperament, size, pigment and the males' testicles were descended by four weeks of age. This same consistency is generally apparent in Jim's own relation (brothers and sisters).
The next step was to find a brood bitch that possessed physical traits that complemented those of the stud dog. Our choice was Ch. Eyleland Paisley (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Meander Ribbons), a brindle bitch of medium size (19" and 24 lbs). One of the reasons we selected her is that Whippets with similar breeding hold fine race as well as show records. After analyzing her breeding, we evaluated Paisley herself. Her strong points were: movement, black eyes, good ears, good feet, straight front, length of loin, tail length, straight hindquarters (when viewed from behind), and bone. Her weak points are: lack of underjaw (which gives her a "needle-nose" appearance), tendency toward a ewe neck and a rather flat back. Although very sound, she lacked the "flash" we like to see in our dogs.
The two faults we feared most from a combination of these two dogs were Jim's movement problem and Paisley's lack of underjaw. Being aware of the pedigrees of the two dogs, we felt that Jim's movement would not be a strong trait in this litter. At the same time, we felt that one half of Paisley's pedigree could be blamed for her underjaw problem and not likely to be a dominant trait in the pups.
Ch. Forest Slim Jim, CD
Ch. Eyleland Paisley
The two dogs were bred and the pregnancy was routine. However, only one puppy (the first) out of a litter of seven was born normally. Two (second and third) were born by the help of a contraction injection, which forced their birth. The remaining four were born by Caesarian. All the pups lived; none were deformed.
The litter consisted of five females and two males (both have their testicles descended). At this early age of three months, it appears as if the litter has turned out as we anticipated. The best qualities of Jim and Paisley prevailed. The pups are all well pigmented, have pleasant personalities, and none have what we consider to be a major fault. All are uniform in size.
Following is an individual description of each pup with comments:
1. Female (red brindle/black mask) sound pup with nice head and strong underjaw, rich red background color, nice pup
At this writing the pups are too young to evaluate with respect to movement and muscle development. If good movement is lacking in this litter, it will almost certainly be the top priority in planning our next litter. To excell in both racing and showing you must breed for good movement.
We hope that this brief summary of the reasons why we used the combination we did will be of interest to readers. It is rather unlikely that the larger kennels could prepare reports of this nature on every litter they plan, for this could amount to several volumes. However, certain kennels do have definite directions as far as breeding programs and could summarize their philosophies with repsect to one or two planned litters. Only in this way can the novice breeder begin to appreciate the amount of necessary study and decision that should be part of every mating. This type of planning is to be encouraged and can only serve to benefit the future representation of our breed.
PART II - MARIAL'S WHIPPETS, JUNE, 1975
In re-reading the kennel report which appeared in the April, 1969 Whippet News, we found it interesting to look in retrospect at the litter described, and the steps our breeding program took from there--two generations later.
This article is intended to give a look at our rationale, evaluations, decisions and breeding results. It is done with frankness--a quality lacking in some kennels, where failures and disappointments are covered up. Breeding dogs is an inexact science, and the disappointments and failures are not personal reflections on the breeder. Inherited faults and problems should not be kept a secret, just as good qualities and wins are not.
Only having a small number of Whippets demands that careful culling and restocking be done in order to increase the chance of success. It is obvious that keeping dogs until old age severely limits competitiveness in a small operation. Our feelings are that we want to constantly improve the quality of our Whippets. We want to see that each litter we produce is better than the last. That way we know our stock is improving. Part of this concept is not having a female labeled "brood bitch." Each female we breed is expected to be better than her sire and dam, in order for us to be continually improving, and on and on it goes, each generatation. Of course, this is easier said than done.
In looking back at each pup in the Slim Jim x Paisley litter, we can evaluate them as adults.
1. Female, red brindle, Ch. Marial's Born Free, C.D. Developed as anticipated, better than average. Well balanced. Honest racer.
Evaluating the litter as a whole, all had good pigment, ears, brisket, nice neck; generally sound standing and moving, speed good for size. We were not pleased with the shyness encountered. This was our first experience with it, and we have discovered this is an inherited tendency, just as movement or pigment. Five of the seven puppies were above average to high quality (four of which completed their championships, the other one picked up several points). This pleased us very much. We were particularly pleased with the consistency of quality and felt we had a good foundation upon which to build a solid breeding program.
Although none of these six Whippets were exceptionally fast racers, King Arthur and Jimson were able to win points toward the Award of Racing Merit. Born Free, Mystic, Marshmallow, Arthur and Jimson did have racing desire, which they passed on to their get.
None of the five Whippets have been used extensively for breeding, so evaluations are based on small numbers of offspring. Such small numbers do not establish a top producing stud or brood bitch in the records. However, we feel the success or failure of a Whippet as a producer should be based on the overall consistency to produce uniform, better than average litters, as contrasted with a sire or dam able to produce litters containing six mediocre pups and one outstanding one, for example.
The qualities we determined we needed in the next generation were in order of importance: 1) medium height, 2) retention of racing desire, and 3) retention of good pigment. King Arthur had produced two oversize males, which greatly distressed us; therefore the emphasis on medium size.
The route we took to counter the size situation was to blend in English bloodlines. English Whippets, generally, seem to be of small to medium size, are shorter in body than what we had.
We purchased from Bud Gutilla Limited Edition O'Lazebrook, by Int.Ch. Laguna Leisure ex Ch. Bettebrook Minx of Merriwell (by Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth). "Eddy's" adult height was 20 1/2". He possessed good pigmentation, extreme racing desire and heart, short cobby body, deep brisket, elegant head and neck which set nicely on the shoulders. He was unsound moving, from the side and coming. He also lacked bend of stifle. Putting this together with what we had, Ch. Marial's Renfield Phoebe and Ch.
Marial's Tinsel (both sired by King Arthur), gave us the best qualities of each side. We did, however, shorten the length of stride, and lose some length of head which we hope to correct in the near future. We did get a more moderate "type" body, rather than extreme in length.
We are very satisfied with the progress our breeding program has made since the beginning. It is a constant blending of bloodlines and qualities, to reach that final end product, a Whippet fitting the Standard of the Breed, that is a top race Whippet, willing obedience worker, and that has the pleasant disposition to fit well into any household.
L—R Ch. Marial's Jimson
PART III MARIAL'S WHIPPETS, DECEMBER 1985
This kennel report is being done ten years (three generations) following Part II. Our goals and philosophies have not changed from those stated previously. Objectively and honesty are important in evaluating the progress of a breeding program. A written evaluation such as this is very valuable to us in trying to reach our goal. Mental exercises are useful, but not as helpful as chronicling expectations, breedings, results and evaluations.
Our most important goal over the years has been to maintain the Whippet as a dual-purpose dog--one capable of successfully competing in the show ring as well as on the race track. This is not an easy goal as those breeders specializing in one aspect have a big advantage over those trying to combine all qualities for competition. We feel the Whippet must also be a stable companion, as well as a good performer.
Although we are active in racing Whippets, we do not disregard the Standard and breed strictly for speed. The Whippet Breed Standard was written to describe an athlete with distinctive breed characteristics. Breeding speed to speed is no guarantee the resulting litter will be fast. Although pedigrees are important, an impressive show or race record does not always assure the Whippet will produce offspring with the same winning qualities. To disregard conformation and breed "speed to speed" is irresponsible and damaging to the breed.
It has been said "no animal is well bred unless it is good in itself." This statement points to the fallacy of breeding to pedigree alone. We feel that this wisdom stresses the necessity of using only animals with the best conformation and temperament for breeding purposes.
The Slim Jim x Paisley litter, whelped December 1968 are all deceased. Assessing each animal for what it produced was somewhat difficult as owners did not always keep in touch to keep us abreast of their breeding and results. Consequently not every breeding and resulting get may be noted It is my intention to highlight noteworthy combinations, ones that have gone on to appear in pedigrees of today.
1. CH. MARIAL'S BORN FREE, C.D. (female) Owners Bob and Jane Pruett of Ohio and Georgia. To our knowledge bred only once, to Ch. Bettebrook Benchmark and most of the litter died from toxic milk.
2. MARIAL'S CHEVRON (female) Breeders/owners Strauss-Arthur. Bred only once, to Ch. Marial's War Paint, C.D. Of four puppies raised, fronts were weak and temperaments shy, the same problems Chevron possessed.
3. MARIAL'S MYSTIC (female) Owner Andrew Bidlingmaier of Wisconsin and Arizona. To our knowledge, Mystic was bred three times. Her first litter was by Ch. Bettebrook Benchmark in 1971. It produced Ch. Marial's Royal Look of Gold, a 22" black masked fawn male never used for breeding. Look of Gold was beautiful standing but had very restricted front action. Also from this breeding was Ch. Royal Looks Mystic, a 19" blackmasked red fawn of high quality. She was bred several times and produced Ch. Royal Looks Great Expectations, Ch. Royal Looks Great White Hope, Ch. Royal Looks Noble Heritage and Ch. Ariamis Sycamore, F.Ch.
In 1973 Mystic produced a litter by Ch. Misty Moors Chalmondoley. This combination produced the well known Ch. Misty Moors Royal Huntsman. This white and brindle male has produced many champions, including Ch. Runners He's The Continental, Ch. Misty Moors Bold Ruler, Ch. Misty Moors Ravendune Corwin, Ch. Herloutam Rav'ndune Misty Moor, Ch. Cyranos Rafina Rapscallion, Ch. Rafina Paper Tiger and Ch. Rafina Rhianda of Kamara.
Mystic was then bred to Ch. MorShors Top Flight in 1975. This produced Royal Look's Smoky Topaz who went on to produce Ch. Royal Looks Winged Victory.
4. CH. MARIAL'S MARSHMALLOW (female) Owners Bob and Jane Pruett of Ohio and Georgia. To our knowledge Marshmallow was bred only twice. Her first litter was sired by Ch. Bettebrook Benchmark in 1972. That breeding produced Ch. Cricket Hearth Bristol Cream, Cricket Hearth Swan Necklace and the white and brindle Cricket Hearth Chief Joseph, ARM. Bristol Cream was a quality yellow fawn 21 1/2" male. He produced a number of champion offspring under the Dress Circle prefix including Ch. Dress Circle Hi Probability, Ch. Dress Circle Dull Moment, Ch. Dress Circle Rag Time Ric Rac, Ch. Dress Circle Stanley, Ch. Dress Circle Rock of Ages and Ch. Dress Circle Capital Gains. Bristol Cream's littermate, Swan Necklace, was a medium sized brindle bitch of good quality. She produced Ch. Dress Circle Rip-Off.
Marshmallow's second litter was sired by Ch. Stoney Meadows Pay Off in 1976. It produced Ch. Cricket Hearth Long Shot and Cricket Hearth Liza with a Z.
5. Bitch. Culled at 4 months of age.
6. AM.CAN CH. MARIAL'S KING ARTHUR, AM.CAN. C.D. (Male) Co-owned by Arthur-Strauss and Linda and Steve Buchholz of British Columbia. Arthur and his offspring have been the focus in our program. Arthur proved to be an outstanding sire of race and show Whippets. He produced 14 litters in his lifetime, the last one in 1982. Among his notable get are: Ch. Slades Jimalee Cricket, Can.Ch. Swiftsure Happy Daze, ARM, Am.Can. F.Ch., Can.Ch. Swiftsure Ragtime Galatea, Am.Can. C.D., Am.Can. F.Ch., Sailaway Dreamers Dagget, ARM, Ch. Slades Dixieland Dandi Duke, ARM, Ch. Locar Marial's London Fog, Ch. Marial's Renfield Phoebe, Marial's Renfield Phalarope, ARM, Can.Ch. Renfield Guinevere of Course, Ch. Marial's Tinsel, C.D., ARM, Ch. Marial's Kris Kringle, Ch. Marial's Padneyhill Illusion, ARM, and Padneyhill's Moonlight Sonata, F.ChX, LCM.
Arthur carried on strongly in our breeding through Ch. Marial's Renfield Phoebe (out of Renfield Atta-Girl of Course). Phoebe was a lovely 20" white and fawn bitch. She was sound standing and moving although adequate, had restricted front reach. Phoebe was bred to our three-quarter English bred Limited Edition O'Lazebrook, ARM producing Ch. Marial's Phenomenon and Ch. Marial's Phoenix, F.Ch. Phoenix was a combination of the best of his pedigree. He had beautiful head, neck, depth of body, underline, sound front and rear quarters. His reach was restricted but adequate. He was a bit short bodied for us. He was a Grade B racer and his intense desire coupled with his stable temperament and good rich pigment were things we wanted to continue in our breeding.
Phoenix (an Arthur grandson) was bred to the Arthur daughter, Ch. Marial's Tinsel, C.D., ARM (out of Renfield Lady O'Lazebrook, ARM). Tinsel was an elegant 20" bitch with lovely outline, head, neck, ears and expression. She could toe out occasionally, but moved soundly coming and going. She was white with dilute fawn markings and had a tendency toward thick bunchy muscling. She was fast enough to earn an ARM but at best, a Grade A/B racer and not 100% honest. Her temperament was exhuberant, impulsive and affectionate, but could get flightly at times. The Phoenix x Tinsel litter was whelped in 1976, producing three females and four males, including Ch. Marial's Memphis, ARM.
Memphis was a strong and elegant 21" white and dilute fawn bitch. She has good ears, a well arched neck set nicely on the body, deep strong chest and underline, sound hindquarters, broad thighs, good feet and attractive outline. She is true moving coming and going but needed more front reach. She was lacking in underjaw with a slight roman nose. There was a tendency to toe out. Memphis was an extremely fast bitch, a true Grade A. She has her dam's temperament. Memphis has gone on to produce 4 litters for us and one for Dave Gilmore (all by different sires). Her get possess many of the qualities we want and most have her racing desire (four have their ARMs, including #2 ranked racer for 1985, Marial's Whitewater, ARM). Only one of her male puppies had a testicle problem; all others had descended testicles by 2 months.
In 1977 King Arthur was bred to the English bitch, Padneyhill Moonbeam, an Eng.Ch. Deepridge Mintmaster granddaughter, with numerous Wingedfoot Whippets in her pedigree. Having great admiration for these bloodlines we asked Linda Buchholz to select our stud puppy. He was the black and white male, Ch. Marial's Padneyhill Illusion, ARM. Illusion went on to be the top ranked racer for 1979, as well as going WD at the 1980 Midwest Specialty. He was a 22 1/4" male with elegant head, pretty arched neck set well on body, good ears, deep underline, front set well under body, good body length and breadth, sound front and rear quarters. His disposition was quite different than we were accustomed to. Illusion was very independent, stubborn and serious in nature. When in the show
ring, if he felt like it his front reach was good; if sullen front movement was mincy. He had a phenomenal finish on the track, going from 6th to 1st in a race within 20 yards. Illusion (an Arthur son) was bred to Memphis in 1981 and produced our white and blue, Marial's Thunder Bay, ARM.
Illusion was also bred to Stoney Meadows Snow Job, F.Ch. and produced Ch. Marial's Gazon Illusionist, an orange and white multiple group winner. Illusionist produced a litter out of Memphis in 1985. The litter is promising, but too young to pass judgement on.
7. CH. MARIAL'S JIMSON (male) Breeders/owners Strauss-Arthur. Bred only once, to Traymatt Swamp Candle producing Ch. Marial's Traymatt Snow Man, C.D., ARM. Due to a low sperm count Snow Man was never used for breeding.
After incorporating Limited Edition we achieved what we had hoped, to lower our size. However, restricted front movement then needed to be improved. To do that we purchased Ch. Sheridan Marial's Nikita (Ch. Sheridan Jamoca x Ch. Sheridan Bianca) from John Shelton. Nikita is a 22" brindle and white male, winner of the 1980 Midwest Specialty and sire of 17 champions. He has many outstanding qualities, and movement is one of them. Nicky sired Memphis' first litter producing Ch. Marial's Natchez, F.Ch. and Marial's Omaha Strider, ARM.
Although we don't currently own any Nikita offspring, we purhcased Ch. Locar Marial's London Fog (a Nikita grandson) from Carol Curry in 1982. London Fog (by King Arthur x Ch. Roving Roadside Attraction) is a 20" white and lemon brindle male. He is very sound, has good front movement and will figure into the future of our breeding program. He is a very keen Grade C/D racer.
The challenge of producing dual-purpose Whippets is a great one. We have been able to incorporate some of the qualities necessary to successfully compete in the show ring and race track, but still have other qualities that need to be improved or strengthened. Although we have had some disappointments, we have been very proud of our Whippet's accomplishments.
Quoting From John A. Reeve-Newson, DVM, of Kishniga Borzoi fame, "Our motto should be only the fittest, both physically and emotionally, shall survive and propagate. This should be displayed over the door of every breeder in the land--displayed and followed."
L-R Marial's Mystic (age 4 1/2 yrs.)
L-R AmCanCh. Marial's King Arthur, AmCanCD (age 11 1/2 yrs.)
Ch. Marial's Memphis, ARM
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