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1989 American Whippet Club Whippet Annual
Pages 51 through 75
(Ch. Chehalem's Mr. Good Bar, FCh. x Ch. Chehalem's Santa Maria, FCh.)
Polly finished her title easily with back to back majors under sighthound authorities. She excels in soundness, type and movement! Polly will work on her field championship in 1989 following in the footsteps of her dual titled parents.
(BIS Ch. Shilo's Houdini V Hasue, FCh. x Ch. Chelsea Saffron)
(Am.Can.Ch. Allerei's Cabin Fever, LCM x Ch. Spectre Chalcedony)
(Ch. Whippletree's Raisin Cain x Am.CanCh. Spectre White Hot)
(Peely at 1 year old)
"PEELY" HAS TAKEN TIME OUT TO HAVE A BEAUTIFUL LITTER BY CH. PLUMCREEK WALK ON WATER.
A NICE DILEMMA!! - CHOOSING FROM THESE 4 GIRLS. ALL WILL BE IN THE SHOW RING SOON.
(4 months old)
SIGHTHOUNDS AS ATHLETES
POETRY IN MOTION
by Mary Beth Arthur
Reprinted with the permission of Mary Beth Arthur. From Pure-Bred Dogs/AKC Gazette, Oct. 1986.
Sighthounds are one of the most structurally functional groups of dogs for a specialized purpose. Their purpose is to sight, chase, and run down game. Greyhounds and Whippets have been further developed for speed to race competitively. Structurally, sighthounds are true athletes. They have been selectively bred for those attributes that produce speed, strength, agility and quick reflexes.
Many of the sighthounds were developed to hunt a specific animal (rabbit or wolf) in a specific environment (desert or rough terrain). These facts helped determine their size and structural characteristics. For example, the Afghan Hound was often used to hunt in rough terrain; the Scottish Deerhound hunted the Red Deer in hilly country; the Whippet was originally used as a rabbit catcher and racer in England.
The criteria used in determining if a breed is a sighthound or not are open to debate. Traditionally, the Afghan Hound, Borzoi, Greyhound, Irish Wolfhound, Saluki, Scottish Deerhound and Whippet have been categorized as sighthounds. Other breeds that hunt by sight, as well as scent and listening ability are the Basenji, Ibizan Hound, Pharaoh Hound and Rhodesian Ridgeback. Although some purists might question whether these breeds are true sighthounds, they will be considered as such for this article. The Italian Greyhound of the Toy Group is a Greyhound in miniature, but because of its small size, is not really used for coursing.
VALUE OF AERODYNAMIC STRUCTURE
Although there are differences between sighthound breeds, they possess many common traits that favor more aerodynamic structural features, since lots of bulk and body would lessen speed and agility. Heads are long and lean; bone is thinner, lighter and flatter yet still strong; the body is narrower; bodies are flexible and elastic as well as longer to increase stride length at the gallop. Generally, the body of sighthounds is lean in outline with a definite tuck up, yet well covered with muscle. Muscle mass is increased in the rear quarters, through the topline and forequarters to add speed and strength to deal with the stresses created by high speed and quick turns. Muscling is long and strong, not thick, bunchy or undeveloped. Sighthounds utilize the double suspension gallop, the swiftest of canine gaits, with speeds up to 40 mph in the Greyhound and 35 mph in the Whippet.
As the name implies, there are two periods of suspension when all four feet are off the ground (see Figure 1). One phase is when the dog is completely tucked up with the topline curved; the other phase is when the dog is completely extended with the topline flattened and the entire body almost parallel with the ground. This extreme flexibility is not possible without strong musculature over the back and loin to bow and straighten the body.
As in all dogs, sighthound structure begins with the skeleton, which is held together by muscle, ligaments, and tendons. Instead of being solid, the skeleton is articulated and gives at a great number of points and in various directions. To a large extent, the musculature determines how a dog will move. In addition, other factors such as attitude/temperament, general health and physical condition will influence movement. The skeleton is important, but too much emphasis should not be put on skeletal influence. Quoting Steve Copold from the January/February 1976 The Gazehound, "The most perfect bone structure is worthless without adequate muscle to make it function properly." The skeleton provides the basis for support and the muscles, ligaments, and tendons create the action of movement among the various parts of the dog. The skeleton and musculature must be strong enough to deal with stresses that are as strong in an upward, lateral or downward direction.
The sighthound's forelimb is used for thrusting upward and for forward propulsion. Theshoulder/scapula is connected to the thoracic vertebrae by muscle, much like a sling. Each front leg is independently suspended by muscles.
The persistent belief that a 45° shoulder angle is desirable on sighthounds has been disproven by a number of authorities, e.g., Rachel Page Elliott, The New Dogsteps; Curtis Brown, Dog Locomotion and Gait Analysis; and Connie Miller, November/December 1975 The Gazehound, among others. Quoting Rachel Page Elliott, "A 45-degree slant, or layback, would be workable if the blade were a stationary bone with a more or less fixed joint from which the upper arm moved forward and back. But this is not the case. What we have failed to recognize is the great mobility of the shoulder blade as partner to the action of the upper arm, which serves as a lever in lifting and transporting the central body forward as smoothly as possible." Because of the extreme mobility of the shoulder, forward motion is not determined by the standing angle as previously thought. This is not to approve of a very straight shoulder however, as it is incorrect.
Exact degree measurements of the shoulder are not necessary. Instead, just categorize the sighthound's shoulder angle as straight, moderate (approximately 70° off the level or 20° off the vertical) or well laid back (approximately 60° off the level or 30° off the vertical). It is very difficult to determine exact shoulder angle without proper equipment, and the angle will vary from moment to moment with the tiniest posture change of the dog.
The length of the upper arm/humerus should be at least as long as the shoulder blade/scapula, or 1:1.
It is important for the sighthound to have width between the blades at the withers. In a Whippet, the width between blades should be greater than two fingers and more on larger sighthounds. This width will allow the head freedom to be lowered. The Borzoi standard calls for shoulders to be line at the withers" and the Deerhound standards states "not too much width." These two breeds were used to hunt large game instead of scooping up small prey.
Great leg length is a sighthound adaptation for speed as pointed out by Curtis Brown. He states, "Increasing leg length up to a certain point tends to increase stride length . . . Swift traveling dogs have a lower leg length about 1.3 times longer than the depth of chest . . . Dogs displaying endurance at the gallop have a lower leg length about equal to 1.2 to 1.25 times the depth of chest."
Pasterns must be strong yet elastic. During the double suspension gallop, the pastern is incredibly bent, laying flat on the ground. It's strength helps to break the falling motion of the dog as well as help it spring upward.
In sighthounds, underline is just as important as topline. Curtis Brown states, "During swift galloping, when the flexible back is used, a stomach without a tuck up hinders the spine flexing ... It is the sighthounds and other breeds designed for swift galloping which should have a tuck up."
The angle of the pelvis helps to determine the ability to extend the hindquarters behind the body in conjunction with the musculature. If the pelvis is steep, the hindquarters are usually restricted in their backward extension. Curtis Brown notes that agility may be aided by a steeper croup, but musculature causes rearward extension.
Mr. Howell observed, in Speed in Animals, that adaptations for speed involve the hind limb more frequently than the forelimb. Hindquarters provide most of the forward propulsion at the gallop. Sighthound hindquarters are well constructed for speed and suited for leaping. When viewed from behind, the hindquarters are muscular, carrying down to the hock. When viewed in profile, the upper and lower thigh should be broad with noticeable muscling.
Rear angulation is the relation of the upper thigh (femur) to the second thigh (tibia). The ratio should be 1:1. Excessive angulation is a detriment to the sighthound as it requires excess energy to move. A slight bend of stifle is called for in the Basenji and Pharaoh Hound. The Ibizan Hound calls for hindquarters nearly vertical.
EVALUATING A TROT
We have now addressed many of the various structural characteristics that make sighthounds a unique and specialized group.But what about their gait and movement? In the show ring sighthound movement is evaluated at the trot. The trot is a natural gait in sighthounds and they should be efficient at it. Although the trot will not reveal galloping ability, it is the only practical way to determine how the limbs move, whether they are coordinated, properly made, balanced, healthy and conditioned. Sighthounds have a lighter trot with more spring than non-sighthounds. It should not be labored or plodding. When viewed on the down and back, the sighthound's movement will converge toward a center line. the legs should remain in a straight line from the hip to the paw.
Curtis Brown states, in Dog Locomotion and Gait Analysis, that good galloping dogs (sighthounds) will not be good trotting dogs like German Shepard Dogs due to differences in construction. His studies and observations have led him to conclude that sighthounds have shortened reach due to the straighter shoulder. However, some of the sighthound standards (i.e., Whippet) call for a long low trot with reach and drive to indicate efficient movement. Mr. Brown observes, "Dogs designed to be superior gallopers should be expected to trot differently from those designed to be superior trotters." Also he concludes that if sighthound breeds are selectively bred to be efficient trotters, they will decrease their ability to gallop. Some objective evidence is presented by Mr. Brown to substantiate his statements. Further discussion among breed experts should be done to determine exactly what is the proper movement in the sighthound breeds.
We are indeed fortunate to have present day canine anatomy and movement experts using modern techniques to enlighten us. (To better understand sighthound structure and gait, see References below.)
Although much has been written on structure and movement in dogs, words never quite fully convey the dynamics of sighthound structure and movement. The best way to appreciate sighthounds is to watch them in action, galloping in the field or coursing and racing on the track.
"Sue is pictured (center) with two of her dual-purpose progeny, Ch. Marial's Whitewater, CD, ARM, ORC (right) and Ch. Marial's Monte Carlo, ARM (left).
She was whelped March 12, 1976 (by Ch. Marial's Phoenix, FCh. x Ch. Marial's Tinsel, CD, ARM) and has qualified for the American Whippet Club's Register of Merit Excellent.
bred, owned, trained and handled
"Bonzo" is pictured finishing his championship under judge Robert Moore. "Bonzo" was awarded his first points in January 1988, finishing in September. He also qualified for the C.D. degree in only three trials. "Bonzo" has won 40 National Point Race Meets, is ranked second in all-time national points and is now the #1 all-time dual-purpose Whippet.
We are proud of Ch. Marial's Palmeridge White Bear, who finished his championship in 1988. Congratulations to breeder, Lou Ann Almquist.
"Bear" was owned and shown by Mary Beth and Doug Arthur and Bernice Strauss. He now lives with his new owner, Spencer Zogg of Racine, Wisconsin. "Bear" finished with 4 major wins under judge Betty Krause and breeder-judges Joan Frailey, John Shelton and Isabell Speight.
No Champion here!!! "Allie" has one major and 1 2 points. Breeder-judge Stephen Hubbell gave her a 4 point major (WB&BOW) at the Land 0 Lakes KC on June 12, 1988. She has been awarded points by Betty Krause, Les Kodner, Dorothy Nickles, Robert Moore, J.D. Jones and Robert Tongren. "Allie" has decided that she hates indoor shows and lets everyone know it. This also,unfortunately, includes the judges. But we'll keep looking for that elusive 3-point major. "Allie" is also a grade C racer on the NPR track.
"Allie" and "Bear" were sired by Ch. Locar Marial's London Fog out of Marial's Nekoosa.
SIRE: CH. RENSOC SOLARFLYTE TOM COLINS ‑
(Ch. Morshor's Appraxin Dan Ready x Ch. Ayslinn Keighley of Rensoc) DAM: APPRAXIN SKYE'S THE LIMIT ‑
(Ch. Mayhem Moon Shadow Majic x Majic's - Abbeyess Of The Moon)
BOB in the Tri - State Whippet Association Specialty from the open stake, 52 dogs including 37 F.Ch., 3/26/88. She finished her F.Ch. title at this, her fourth event.
BIF at the Northcoast Coursing Club event 6/4/88.
In conformation at the AWC National Specialty 4/9/88, second to her '87 Futurity winning littersister in the American-bred class of 17, Isabell Stoffers Speight judging.
WOLFRAM and WOODSIA
CH. APPRAXIN WW SNAP DRAGON and APPRAXIN WW CALLA LILY
Whelped 2/13/87 Breeder: Calvin Perry, Appraxin
Shown above "Snapper " and " Cali" winning BEST OF WINNERS and BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX at Delaware, Ohio under judge Dr. Stephen Harper.
"SNAPPER" had a brief but impressive career with multiple BOBs from the Open Class. He has sired two litters in 1988, out of WOLFRAM RENSOC ALMOST N ANGEL (Ch. Rensoc SolarFlyte Tom Colins x Appraxin Skye's The Limit), a full sister to the 1987 AWC Grand Futurity Winner, and out of SPORTING FIELDS NABISCO. These youngsters will be making their ring debuts in the spring of 1989.
All of Wolfram and Woodsia Whippets (and Borzoi) are Owner-Breeder-Handled unless there is a ring conflict.
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Clockwise from top left: Ch. Bohem Mae West (12 1/2 years old), Ch. Bohem Delacreme Demoiselle, Ch. Chatwig Chinook with daughter, Ch. Bohem American Way, Aria's daughter Bohem Whippoorwill No Strings, Bohem Fancy Dance (7 months), Mae West again, Ch. Hardknott Maestro of Bohem, Ch. Bohem Whippoorwill Callas. Center puppies from Aria's 1988 litter.
Since 1983, 7 different Whippets carrying the Bohem prefix have won at least 16 major awards (Winners Dog or Bitch, BOB, BOS) at AWC specialty or supported shows. Even more important, puppies from our few homebred litters — never more than one per year — have given a lot of satisfaction to many people. We wish the 1988 bunch the best of luck in the future!
Group winner, AWC Supported Show winner, AWC National Specialty BOS 1988
From Maestro's first batch of eleven litters in 1983/1984, a total of 17 have become champions (including one in Canada only and one F.Ch.). He did not have puppies for 18 months in 1985/1986, but from the ten young litters born since then, at least 15 are pointed and 2 have already finished. We wish all the best of luck to the owners of Maestro kids and grandchildren in North America, Scandinavia, England and Brazil.
Maestro's first grandchildren are currently among the top winners in the U.S., Sweden and Norway, having won mulitple BIS in all these countries during 1988. Maestro is standing at stud to approved bitches at Whippoorwill.
We look forward to planning future breedings from these two outstanding homebred bitches.
Barbara Henderson, VMD 6200 Burtons Lane, Laurel, MD 20707 (301)490-6598
A.W.C. EASTERN SPECIALTY
1988 was a banner year for the Eastern Region, of course highlighted by hosting the 2nd National Specialty show in Frederick, MD.
We also had a full compliment of supported entries covering the entire region. They were Champlain Valley KC in Vermont, Old Dominion KC in Virginia, Chesapeake KC in Maryland and Somerset Hills KC in New Jersey.
The Eastern Specialty was held with the Huntingdon Valley KC in Ambler, PA on June Fourth. Mr. Alan Pepper was Breed judge and Mr. Sylvester Rosney judged the Sweepstakes. There were a total of 200 whippets entered - 146 in the Breed and 54 in Sweepstakes.
The results of the judging were:
BOB - CH. RINGMASTER'S GOLD FEVER Owners: Carey & Lori Lawrence
(Ch. Misty Moor's Thornwood Dondi ex BIS Ch. Lady Blair of Whippoorwill)
1988 WAS A SPECTACULAR YEAR AT WINSMITH
WE FINISHED CH. MIKATER WHIPPOORWILL EVE
WE WENT WB & BOW AT AN AWC SUPPORTED ENTRY
WE WENT BEST OF BREED AT THAT SAME SUPPORTED SHOW
AND BEST OF ALL - A DREAM OF A LIFETIME
14 OAK CIRCLE
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA 22901
(Am.Can.Ch. Surrey Hill's Houston, FCh. x Ch. Allerei's Bolero)
Group II his first time out as a special. 011ie finished from the puppy class and is home growing up before serious campaigning. Mikater has been fortunate in the puppies we've bred and the friends we've made through them. We plan to breed Ch. Mikater Whippoorwill Noel in the near future, and, if everyone cooperates, you may possibly see her in obedience at the National!
WHAT'S NEW AT GLENWOULFE - Our 'Spring' litter, alias "The Golden Horde", out of Glenwoulfe To The Manor Born, a Ch. Elysian Flashdance daughter. These youngsters were sired by Ch. Aymes N'Raybar's Tumbleweed, LCM. In the picture they were eight months old. Left to right:
GLENWOULFE PROMISE OF SPRING (Dik-dik) made the cut in the Futurity under judge Cora Miller.
GLENWOULFE SPRING FEVER (Tiger) unshown due to a puppy injury. He is sound now and we can't wait to get him out.
GLENWOULFE SPRING BREAK (Breaker) at the Futurity under judge Cora Miller, although the youngest 5-7 Puppy Dog, he was fourth in the class of 27.
GLENWOULFE SPRING BREEZE (Tembo) BOS in Sweeps under judge Iva Kimmelman and a Best in Match the day before he was five months old!!!
GLENWOULFE RITE OF SPRING (Tansy) slower to mature, we'll get her out yet.
MAURICE AND MARY WOULFE
44 W. Valley Brook Road , Long Valley, NJ 07853 (201)876-9452 71
WHIPPETS SINCE 1967
(Ch. Plumcreek Chase Manhatan, CD x Karasar's Alana)
"TIM" debuted at 7 months by winning his class at last year's Futurity and RWD the next day at Ravenna. Except for ring appearances at two specialties, he has been at home awaiting his turn. He is pictured winning his first points, breeder-owner handled by Kerrie, while on vacation in Wisconsin and 11 weeks later has 13 points, including both majors and a GROUP 1 from the classes for 5 points!!
Also taking placements at this year's National Specialty:
Karasar's Time After Time: litter sister to "Tim"
Eucaliptus Oscar of Karasar: pointed, new owner Jane Forsyth
Am.Col.Ch. Eucaliptus Mona Belle: Dam of 3 champions. Watch for her red & white daughter Karasar Eucaliptus Pure Gold.
Owned and Bred by: KARASAR KENNELS - Whippets Since 1967
Kerrie Kuper, 234 44th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33703 Phones: (813) 894-8772 / 526-6563
6 1/2 and still gorgeous! It didn't work out last time, so we'll try again! A litter beautifully linebred on Barn Dance, sired by Ch. Jamal's Falcon, is planned for March 1989. Pedigree/photos on request.
(Stoney Meadows Hightide x Ch. Cragsmoor S.M. Pussywillow)
A petite dynamo of soundness and extremely feminine elegance, "Annie Oakley", who's never met a stranger, charms everyone she meets! Thank you, Mrs. Wear!
FLASH! ASFA pointed - 3rd in a huge open stake on her first birthday! Watch out bunnies!!!
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