A special thanks to Terry Schwartzman of Travlin' Whippets for the Historic contribution to the AWC
SIMPLIFIED TRAINING OF THE WHIPPET AS A RACE DOG
Most Whippets, whether they be for show or pet purposes, have the inherited instinct to chase moving objects which might be rabbits, squirrels, chickens, cats, or a rabbit skin, fox tail, white cloth, etc. propelled in front of them and resembling a living, moving object. The same hereditary instinct of chasing a moving object is also true in the track Greyhound.
The selection of the Whippet for racing purposes would be much like the selection of a show prospect. General soundness does tend to give greater speed, although a slightly broad head, slightly cowhocked, not enough roach or arch in the back, slightly shallow brisket, or slightly straight in the stiffel would not necessarily be against the Whippet's actual racing ability. Loaded shoulders, with a deep barrel chest and short neck, splayed feet, low pasterns should be considered as undesirable when selecting a racing prospect as these faults limit the speed of the whippet.
A race Whippet must have the proper temperament, thus shyness, timidness, or being noncompetitive definitely hinders his or her chances as a race dog. High mincing stride in the front, similar to a gaited horse or the Italian Greyhound, almost without exception limits the speed of a race Whippet. This ornamental type of Whippet might look very fast running in circles around the yard, but when asked to run in competition over a 200 yard course or longer, this undue loss of motion greatly hinders the individual Whippet's speed. Judges in confirmation classes at dog shows should definitely consider as highly undesirable, poor temperament and a high mincing gait in the front.
Size, color, etc. make little difference in a race Whippet. Speed and stamina seem to be an inherited trait within an individual Whippet rather than an entire litter. Only proper training and schooling will bring out whether or not a Whippet has great speed and stamina, or is just an average race dog. The selection of a Whippet as a possible show champion is far easier than that of selecting a possible racing champ ion as faults are visual in judging confirmation, while speed, stamina, and general racing quality can be determined only after a Whippet is from 9 to 14 months of age and has been placed in actual training or racing competition.
This brief article is just for those who might train their Whippet or Whippets at home for the fast growing amateur sport now being conducted in many sections of America by Whippet fanciers. The training of the Whippet is most simple in the majority of cases, whether he be housed under kennel conditions or in the home. You, of course, understand that there are many ways to interest the Whippet in chasing a moving object or as it is called in Whippet racing "The Lure", but this simplified following method has worked well in many cases for those people just starting in racing.
When a Whippet shows natural interest in chasing rabbits, squirrels, chickens cats etc. he almost without exception will chase a drag lure. If Whippets are raised or housed under rather sheltered conditions or where they are subject to kindness beyond their ability to comprehend, then the job of creating interest in racing is a good bit more difficult. On certain occasions you will have a few individuals, or families, that are just not competitive, and these types seldom make race dogs. Here again, the high gaited ornamental Italian Greyhound type makes up a great majority of these exceptional cases.
Early limited training of the Whippet can start at about nine months or if the Whippet is an adult dog, he can in most cases be quickly taught to chase the moving object called "The Lure." The easiest and quickest way to create interest in the lure is to place the Whippet in a wire case in an environment in which he will feel safe and normal. Let him remain in the crate several hours each day for several days before draging in front of him a white cloth, fox tail, animal skin, etc. with a rubber squeaker mouse tied underneath the lure. The lure should be tied to a string at least six to ten feet long to resemble the actual racing lure. Tease the Whippet for only a few minutes at
a time but create interest by shaking the lure and squeakin mouse to attract his full attention. The important thing is to create his interest in this moving object but do not let him touch or get to it until he is actually in a regular training race. After the Whippet has shown interest it has been found that any little inexpensive wind up fluffy jumping and squeaking toy such as fur rabbits, dogs, etc. works very well to create interest in movement or to "shake up" the Whippet the night before a race. Be sure to leave the Whippet in cages when such toys are used. The toy should be small enough to hold in the palm of the hand and should not be over 8 inches in length. If you have several whippets or a whippet who has raced, be sure to have them all watch from their cages at the same time. Certain Whippets will quickly show enthusiasm and interest and this seems to stimulate those individuals who are less enthusiastic or do not respond early to training. This lure teasing should be continued for perhaps a month but do not tease Whippet more than twice a week.
If you can get a live white rabbit, small in size, placing him in a cage after the Whippet has shown interest in the lure for a month, then by letting the Whippet try to get the rabbit through the wire cage, he will connect "The Drag Lure" as a living object and your worries are over from the standpoint of having the Whippet chase the lure. (Do not use this live rabbit more than twice a week).
A few years ago while racing my Greyhounds on the Florida circuit one of the better known exotic dancers also had financial interest in one of the kennels racing at the track. One evening after schooling young Greyhounds we were talking about her work in burlesque, and she mentioned that it was not necessarily the dancer who took off the most clothes who was the big attraction, but it was the dancer who did the best job of strip teasing before the audience that received the largest salary and was most in demand. This philosophy is certainly true in teaching a young track Whippet to chase a lure. It is the art of teasing with the lure by the trainer to bring out the Whippet's natural instinct of chasing a moving object that is so all important to his success as a race dog.
Once the Whippet shows sufficient interest in the lure from his cage, then it is time to take him, or better still several Whippets on leashes, teasing them with a lure dragging it some two or three feet in advance of the Whippet or Whippets. Never let them catch the lure and don't tease more than several minutes. When Whippets show interest in the lure from their cage and on the leash, they are then ready for their first lesson on the regular drag lure.
When you first go to a regular schooling race, first let the Whippet see several races either from his wire crate or hold him on his leash so he can see the actual trained racers pounce upon the lure at the end of the race. It is most important that Whippets show interest in the regular drag lure before they are allowed to chase this illusive moving object. It would be well in their first schooling to allow Whippets to school alone after the lure or with an older slower Whippet which will stay ahead of him at all times. The distance should not be over 100 yards and green Whippets should not run against each other in their first few trials. If Whippets should play or fight during their early training, it will be difficult to break this bad and inexcusable habit. A true race Whippet runs only the lure and should be trained to properly run the lure and not interfere with other dogs in the race.
Once you have your Whippet running the lure, those people operating the schooling races will help you school your Whippets in proper class races. Don't ask the Whippet to run too often in one afternoon and do everything possible to keep him enthusiastic in chasing the lure. Many owners of Whippets in recent years have tome to amateur Whippet racing for the first time with whippets trained as outlined in this article and found their whippets have done quite well in their first few training races.
If you have the right attitude in racing and training your Whippet, in most cases he will respond to training and racing. It must be remembered that Whippets, as a whole, are only as competitive as the people who train them, so many frustrating unusual tendencies on the part of the owner will reflect in the poor performance of the Whippets he or she trains.
Whippets must race in special comfortable leather race muzzles to keep down the chance of fight injuries when they pounce on the lure at the end of the race.
Muzzle breaking should start about a month before you intend to school your Whippet for the first time, and not before he is at least nine months of age. The average Whippet will fight desperately the first few times to paw or scratch the muzzle off, so it should be fastened securely to make it impossible for him to remove it, regardless of the scratching and pawing. The muzzle should be left on about 30 minutes for the first few times and this operation should be repeated on a daily basis for at least a week. After the Whippet respects the racing muzzle, or still better ignores it, it should be put on him for a few minutes each day for two days before the Whippet is to school or race. It must be remembered a Whippet fighting a racing muzzle cannot possibly put all of his speed and enthusiasm in racing. (Standard racing muzzles are advertised in THE WHIPPET NEWS, and no other type should be used, as the racing muzzle is built to give the Whippet maximum comfort at all times.)
CONDITIONING THE WHIPPET FOR RACING
Most Whippets will keep in racing condition if allowed the freedom of running in a large yard or field several times a week. It is well to sprint them several days before a race as there is nothing more difficult or painful than to try and run after you have run out of wind. This is also true of the Whippet who has not been properly sprinted to develop his wind before a race. Sprinting in the field develops early foot and wind needed to compete over the 200 yard course.
If you take racing very seriously, it is well to walk your Whippets daily from two to five miles, allowing them to run free in the fields twice a week, or sprint them by calling from person to person. Never sprint dogs so they will bump or play during sprinting as this definitely creates fighting instinct and loss of interest in the lure. It is satisfactory to let dogs rough and playing the field but be sure the do not roughness with racing or sprinting . Whippets should not be fed for at least eight hours before racing and actually they race well on empty stomachs which might cover a period up to 24 hours.
TRAINING THE TRAINER
Many new Whippet owners are more difficult to train than the Whippets they intend to race. Once you have made up your mind to train Whippets follow a set pattern of positive thinking and action. Whippets have the ability to sense insecurity and doubt in the owner and trainer. If Whippets see their owners observing their reaction to early training, many may refuse to respond just to mentally frighten the owner or perhaps cooperate with their owners feeling that perhaps this or that whippet does not have the necessary qualities to make a racing dog.
Whippets are definitely creatures of habit and I know of no breed who can look up at his owner with such disgust, apparent fear, scorn, etc. yet absolutely feel secure within, when required to do something new, or certain things which the Whippet does not desire to do. Whippet owners should be firm during the earl training days to let the natural hereditary racing instinct develop, rather than let prevailing habits or the Whippet actually rule his owner and trainer, rather than the trainer directing or teaching his Whippet the rudiments of racing. If the Whippet becomes the master of the situation then it will be extremely difficult to bring out his hereditary desire to chase the lure and become the proper type of race individual.
"YOUR PERSONAL SUPPORT"
This article was written for the beginner in Whippet racing, as the owning and racing of Whippets can give much pleasure whether you have a Whippet or a hundred Whippets. It has been proven since early Whippet racing in the '20s that one dog owners, if using just natural common sense training, do just as well as the larger and more professional type racing kennel operators.
We urge everyone who owns a Whippet or contemplates the purchase of Whippet in 1963 to give his Whippet or Whippets a chance at the pleasure of racing competition. It has been the versatility of the Whippet as a pet, race dog, or show dog that has accounted for the healthy growth the interest in the breed in recent years.
Eastern Dog Club Show, Boston
November 24 & 25, 1962, Judge: Mrs. W. P. Wear
Four males shown, Winners Dog to Calvin G. Perry's Seven League Skybluepink (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Seven League Boots) Reserve to El Cid O'Lazeland.
Eleven bitches shown, Winners Bitch to Pennyworth Kennels' Winterfold Penniesworth (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris) Reserve to Eyleland Brown Betty)
Best of Winners to Seven League Skybluepink.
Specials, five shown, Ch. Renpark's Jeff of Sheldegren, Ch. Pennyworth Periwinkle, Ch. Pennyworth Lumumba, Ch. Appraxin's Reynard, Ch. Legend O'Lazeland.
Best of Breed to Lazeland Kennels' Ch. Legend O'Lazeland (by Royal Coachman O' Lazeland ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Best Opposite Sex to Seven League Skybluepink.
Ch. Legend O'Lazeland went on to second in the Hound Group.
Best Team In Show went to Mrs. Joan Bartlett & Mrs. Janet Koch's Whippets, Sheldegren Blue Smoke, Sheldegren Blue Shadow, Sheldegren Blue Twilight, Sheldegren Blue Flame. Sheldegren Blue Smoke & Sheldegren Blue Shadow placed second brace in the Hound Group.
Mrs. Martin Collings, Surrey, England, writes:
Whippet News readers may be interested to know the results of the National Whippet Assn. Championship show, held in London on Nov. 3rd. There was an excellent entry of just over 200, judged by Mrs. Ticehurst (bitches) and Mr. Mackenzie (dogs), both judges officiating for Best In Show. These results might be of special interest in view of the fact that more English Whippets are finding their way to American buyers these days than previously.
It was interesting to view the exhibits from the ring side, keeping in mind the type preferred on the other side of the Atlantic. Whilst fundamentally, of course, a good Whippet is a good one by anybody's book, there are certain discrepancies in type, and I noticed that several of the placed dogs possessed characteristics, which although tolerated over here, would definitely hamper them in the American ring. All this goes to show how careful one should be when thinking of purchasing a Whippet from England!
The entry at a Specialty show such as this is much larger than at its American counterpart, a fact which most English people fail to understand. However, I do not believe that the actual number of really top quality dogs present at these shows on either side of the Atlantic, differs very much. And, for the sake of any English readers who may be indignant at this statement, let me offer my explanation.
As we all know, the "dog game" in the States is a far more serious and professional one than in England, where the majority of those who show dogs (especially in a not-quite-so-popular breed as Whippets) do so entirely for their own amusement. It is a less expensive form of amusement than in the U. S., (for one thing, I have yet to see a Whippet professionally handled here), and this, coupled with the fact that there are far more Whippet owners and dog shows to the square mile, has the effect of encouraging a great many "pet" owners to enter their lower quality specimens and have a shot at showing just for the fun of it. Not that there is any reason why they should not, in fact this all helps to stimulate interest in the breed, boost breed clubs, and so on.
Then all these facts have been weighed out one realizes that the reason for fewer entries in the States is that fewer inferior dogs are shown there, whereas in England , the judges of our large classes have a little more work in "sifting the corn from the chaff"!
Results of some of the principal classes at this N. W. A. show were as follows: Puppy D- 1st, Mrs. Roll's Velrosa Pink Gin (a very promising little fawn pup that should go a long way) 2nd, Mr. Griffith' s Roanbar First Slip (a striking particolour, very like his famous sire, Ch. Bellavista Barry)
Junior D.- 1st, Mrs. King's Aphrekin Poker (promising) 2nd, Mrs. McKay's Laguna Light Legend ( a gorgeous light fawn in the pink of condition)
Minor Limit D.- 1st, Mrs. Argyle's Hargne to Beaumont (a racey looking fawn) 2nd, Mrs. Gollan's Peppard Top Flight
Open D.- 1st, Mrs. McKay's Laguna Ligonier (a striking particolour, full of Quality and a real showman) 2nd, Mrs. Odell's Shalfleet Swordsman (a solid, sound type of fawn) 3rd, Mr. James' Sanarkand Greenbrae Tarrapon (outstanding, high quality fawn)
Puppy B.- 1st, Mrs. Garrish's Fleeting Yanalle Aida (a very promising particolour) 2nd, Mr. Griffith's Roanbar Peaches and Cream (sweet little bitch)
Junior B.- 1st, Mr. Edwards' Laguna Luna's Love (beautiful bodied particolour, has stamp of her sire, Ch. Laguna Ligonier) 2nd, Mrs. Rees' Laguna Little Leonie (another one of great quality)
Minor Limit B.- 1st, Mrs. Potter's Shalfleet Springtime (a very elegant cream) 2nd, Mrs. Chapman's Interflora (well known very high quality fawn, built on racey lines) 3rd, Lady Selway ' s Ballagan Annie Laurie (similar to above) Open B.- 1st, Odell's Ch. Shalfleet Selbrook Daylight (well known particolour bitch of high quality) 2nd, Mrs. Cleeve's Dragonhill Curlen (a lovely one) 3rd, Mrs. Garrish's Fleeting Spear La Calindra (a very sound, beautiful bodied bitch)
Best in Show was Ch. Laguna Ligonier, a very worthy winner of this award. Best Opposite Sex was Shalfleet Springtime, best of a very high quality bitch entry.
The last big Championship show of the year is shortly due to come up, this being the Richmond Ch. Show on Dec. 15th. Then whilst over there you are all feverishly preparing for Westminster, we shall be doing the same for Crufts.
It might be of interest for you to know of the latest English import. This is a dog which has been flying very high over here since he first came out as a puppy last year - Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot. I have just had the pleasure of buying him on behalf of Mrs. Peggy Newcombe, from Mr. Halliwell, and a few days ago I put him on the plane en route for his new home at Pennyworth. Without any doubt the most beautiful dog I have ever seen, and a delightful character, his American show career will be followed with avid interest by us over here.
Mrs. C.E. Francis, London, England, writes:
Nov. 11, Sorry I was unable to make the October deadline. Having missed it, I decided to wait until after the National Whippet Association Championship Show, which took place yesterday, so that I could give you the news and results of the show. Unfortunately, Mrs. Wendell Howell was not able to make the show, and Mrs. Fell was also absent, so we had no American dogs showing. For your readers interest I will set the classifications. There were 117 dogs & bitches entered. In Championship Shows we judge dogs & bitches separately. Dogs first and bitches after lunch. Classifications are as follows: Special Puppy Dog, Puppy Dog, Junior Dog, Maiden Dog, Novice Dog, Special Beginners Dog, graduate Dog, Minor Limit Dog, Open Dog. The same classifications applies to the bitches. After these classes come the Special Black or Blue (white points allowed) Special Progeny class, Special Veterans (over 7 years). Top awards were won by— Dogs C. C. & Best of Breed went to Mrs. McKay ' s Ch. Laguna Ligonier, Bitch C. C. to Mr.& Mrs. Joe Potter's Shalfleet Springtime. Best Puppy & Reserve Bitch C.C. to Mr. & Mrs. Edwards Laguna Luna Love. Best Black to Mr. & Mrs. Roll's Velvoza Voodoo. There was a parade of all champions present with commentary on their show careers. From the 117 dogs there were 205 entries. Dogs were judged by Mr. J. Mackenzie, Bitches by Mrs. Dinah Ticehurst, making her debut as a championship judge. There were all the usual cups and specials awarded and everyone had a very good day.
Dec. 1, Not much news to write of this month. Our last big Championship Show of the year will be on Saturday Dec. 15. From then until February there are only the smaller shows to attend. The Richmond Show on Dec. 15 is held at Olympia London, the scene of our big Cruft's Show, but is not nearly such a huge show. However, it is a most enterprising show having Special Members Xmas Stakes.
I wonder if any of you have seen in "Time" magazine the advertisement for the 1962 Ford Zodiac? My Whippets were engaged for the photographs for this advertisement. It was a most interesting day, spent at Shepperton Studios and the camera crew were very pleased with the way the dogs behaved. Unfortunately, we could get no information as to the date these photos would be published and so have not seen the results. If any of you have we would like to know how the dogs looked. It was a desert scene with a white and chrome Zodiac, a male and female model holding the dogs on long ribbons.
Mrs. R. Hodgson, Secretary Northern Counties Whippet Club, Lancs., England, writes:
I was interested in Louis Pegram's This and That about Whippets. We have problems too re. the locality in which shows have to be held and am delighted to knew of the increasing popularity Whippets are enjoying over there. I am sure the News has done a great deal in that direction too. I could not help comparing your registrations with ours for 1961, incidentally ours have trebled to those of seven years ago, it was 1,951 in ' 6 1 and looks like being well over the 2,000 mark for '62, There must also be many racing Whippets and some pets which are not registered with our Kennel Club. Makes one think where they are all put on this small island, not to mention all the other registered breeds, Min. Poodles had the highest last year, around 12,000 I think.
STANDARD OF THE BREED
General Appearance - The Whippet should be a dog of moderate size, very alert, that can cover a maximum of distance with a minimum of lost motion, a true sporting hound. Should be put down in hard condition but with no suggestion of being muscle-bound.
Head - Long and lean, fairly wide between the ears, scarcely perceptible stop, good length of muzzle which should be powerful without being coarse. Nose entirely black.
Ears - Small, fine in texture, thrown back and folded. Semipricked when at attention. Gay ears are incorrect and should be severely penalized.
Eyes - Large, intelligent, round in shape and dark hazel in color, must be at least as dark as the coat color. Expression should be keen and alert. Light yellow or oblique eyes should be strictly penalized. A sulky expression and lack of alertness to be considered most undesirable.
Teeth - White, strong and oven. Tooth of upper jaw should fit closely over the lower. An undershot mouth shall disqualify.
Neck - Long and muscular, well-arched and with no suggestion of throatiness, widening gradually into the shoulders. Must not have any tendency to a "ewe" neck.
Shoulders - Long, well-laid back with long, flat muscles. Loaded shoulders are a very serious fault.
Brisket - Very deep and strong, reaching as nearly as possible to the point of the elbow. Ribs well sprung but with no suggestion of barrel shape. Should fill in the space between the forelegs so that there is no appearance of a hollow between them.
Forelegs - Straight and rather long, hold in line with the shoulders and not set under the body so as to make a forechest. Elbows should turn neither in nor out and move freely with the point of the shoulder. Fair amount of bone, which should carry right down to the foot. Pasterns strong.
Feet - Must be well formed with strong, thick pads and well-knuckled-up paws. A thin, flat, open foot is a serious fault.
Hindquarters - Long and powerful, stifles well bent, hocks well let down and close to the ground. Thighs broad and muscular, the muscles should be long and flat. A steep croup is most undesirable.
Back - Strong and powerful, rather long with a good, natural arch over the loin creating a definate tuck-up of the underline but covering a lot of ground. Tail - Long and tapering, should reach to a hipbone when drawn through between the hind legs. Must not be carried higher than the top of the back when moving. Coat - Close smooth and firm in texture.
Color - Immaterial.
Size - Ideal height for dogs, 19 to 22 inches; for bitches, 18 to 21 inches. These are not intended to be definate limits, only approximate.
Gait - Low, free moving and smooth, as long as is commensurate with the size of the dog. A short, mincing gait with high knee action should be severely penalized.
Approved November 9, 1955
NEW CHAMPIONS. This section is a regular feature of the Whippet News. Each issue we will present a three generation pedigree of new champions, with colors of the dogs when possible. Owners of new champions should send in the pedigrees as soon as the confirmation is received from the American Kennel Club. Please include the name of the dog and color, breeder, owner, date of birth, as well as the colors of the dogs in the pedigree. The pedigrees are presented on a first come basis and no more than two pages will be presented each issue.
Appraxin Kennel Reports
Calvin G. Perry
Louis & Dorothy Doyle
Pownal , Maine
At long lest Appraxin Whippets have a permanent home, and we hope to be sending regular reports to the Whippet News.
Cal Perry and my husband and I have merged our kennels, and we are now located in Pownal , Maine . In addition to the Whippets we have some Italian Greyhounds and a few Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
Our house is an old Cape Cod style farm house with en attached ell which is most suitable for kennel facilities. We are in the process of putting in our fencing before the cold weather sets in. Since we have nearly thirty acres of land, some of which is flat end open, we plan to build a simple track in the spring just for some fun racing. As it is now, the dogs have a wonderful time just running through the fields. There are very few neighbors in this area, and we are several miles from a main road, so there is little danger in letting the dogs run free occasionally.
Among the dogs who reside at Appraxin is Seven League Skybluepink, a young fawn and white dog who Cal purchased from D. R. Motch early this fall. "Mr. Ed", as we call him, has been most successful to date, with his latest win being 4D, BOW, and BOS over three Specials lest week at Boston. This completed his championship (subject to A. K. C. confirmation) and we hope that this is just the beginning of an impressive career.
Our home—bred champion and another young hopeful is Appraxin's Reynard, a white dog with dark markings, who has wonderful bone and a delightful temperament.
Of course, our favorite d o g and beloved house pet is the well known Am. Can. Ch. Stoney Meadows Sprint, who is in beautiful condition and continuing to chalk up many nice wins at five and a half years of age.
On the distaff side, we have, among others, Mermaid O'Lazeland (we call her Ethel Mermaid), a year old yellow brindle, who is the litter sister of the BOB at the 1962 Eastern.
Another lovely bitch and recent acquisition is Stoney Meadows Aurora, an elegant fawn young lady who was third in the puppy class of eight at this year's Eastern Specialty. Her litter sister won that class and went all the way to BB.
We are expecting a litter in a few weeks from Ch. Whipoo's White Reflection by ( Ch.) Seven League Skybluepink. "Lilly" had some interesting puppies the only other time she was bred, end these should be even better as this is close line breeding.
Cal's favorite pet is Bettebrook Hustler, who has a promising three month old son sired by Sprint.
We were most amused by Wendy Howell's report of life in Ireland. Our way of life here in Maine is somewhat rustic, but I'm afraid it can't quite compare with her setting. At-the moment, the confusion in our house must be similar. We moved in about a month ago, and Lou is presently installing a Franklin stove in the living room. The pens in the kennel are not finished, end we have several dogs and a Siamese cat in the kitchen. Perhaps by the first of the year we will be a little better organized.
It was very nice to see some of our Whippet friends at the Boston show and we are looking forward to seeing many more in New York and Chicago.
Badgewood Kennel Reports
Betty Fell December, 1962 Kent , England
Haven't much news as I haven't been to a show since Windsor. I have entered for Richmond Championship Show on Dec. 15th and will be there with Badgewood Calamity Jane, weather permitting. We are off to Rome tomorrow afternoon, again weathers permitting. We have been having terrific fogs since early yesterday morning, luckily not down here where the sun has been glorious and bright, From Rome we go to Madrid, then Lisbon, home the afternoon of the thirteenth. This will be Calamity's first appearance since she had her litter by Ch. Laguna Ligonier. They are really a top bunch of puppies. I shall only keep one bitch, Badgewood Sewickley. Badgewood Allegheny has already gone to Mrs. K. S. Fisher of Bromholn Whippets. She is a grey brindle with four white feet, white tip to her tail and a white blaze down her face. Her sister, Sewickley, is a very pale fawn and white particolor. One dog is pale fawn, rather a creamy beige, with a white blaze feet and tip to his tail. The other dog pup is a pale red fawn with four white legs, white head except for markings over his eyes and ears, and a almost white tail. These two are Badgewood Monogahella and Badgewood Rolling Rock. These puppies were five months November 24th. Their first appearance will probably be Crufts.
We have a new addition to the Whippet family, Wendy. Our tiger dog. Size means nothing to her. She'll try and play, or take bones, from Labradors, old or young, Whippets, old or young and Susie the Norwich Terrier, her best friend.
She is an Irish Coleen, Great Circle Blarney of Badgewood by Ch. Greet Circle The Scott ex Great Circle Xenia. Born in August, the baby of the kennel, she is a red brindle, has a black muzzle with a smear of white just at the top of her nose. Four white feet, and a tiny white tip on the end of her tail. Wendy won't be parading herself in the show ring until the spring, but she'll certainly let everyone know she is about.
The rest of the kennel is about the same. We had eight Labrador puppies, not a mixed dog, as was misprinted in an earlier Yews, but a mixed bag, with two yellow bitches, two black bitches and three black dogs. Two are left, a black and a yellow bitch.
Our new kennel is a dream. I have promised you a picture, so far have only a colored one which would not reproduce, but I haven't forgotten. Anyway it works beautifully, is cool in summer and warm as toast now, and we've had a lot of heavy frost.
We sign off with a Merry Christmas to all and a Happy and Prosperous New Year as well.
John H. Berger Reports
November 29, 1962 Marysville, Ohio
The Whippet News is getting better with every issue. Bobby Motch 's article is just what the doctor ordered. I believe a controversial item such as this will bring out opinions from many who otherwise might never have expressed themselves.
Since Whippets are supposed to be a sporting breed, it seems to me that racing or coursing should have at least as much space as the shows. I see nothing wrong with shows. It is interesting to observe the judging, the difference in types that are very often put up, and of course, it gives you a chance to visit end swap opinions.
Whippet fanciers are fortunate in that our breed can be tested by racing and have an absolute winner. Can you name any breed where performance has been improved through showing?
I could write a short article on several breeds of animals who I think are beautiful, who were from the beginning bred on performance alone.
Although I do like an animal who can perform, I am quite sure that professional racing would be as detrimental to the breed as would a sudden jump to the top ten bench dogs.
Great Circle Kennel Reports
Wendell T. Howell
Waterford , Tire
How tantalizing it is to keep receiving cards of coursing fixtures for Whippets in England and not be able to go. These coursing meetings have taken a great hold in England. They are well run and fun for all concerned. It might not be a bad idea for some of the Whippeteers in the west where jack rabbits abound, or anywhere in the U.S.A. where there are rabbits. Prize money in these English events is sufficient to make them well worth attending, and if there are complaints over the judging, I've not heard of any, Unfortunately, travel across the Irish sea is difficult and expensive and precarious in winter. The only way really is to fly, and go along with the dogs yourself, as London Airport can be a real horror. Mrs. McKay recently wrote of a two hour wait there to unload some puppies I sent her.
Since all my pups are gone but two, I am looking forward to a spring crop, hoping, now that we are better settled, to avoid some of the excitement of last fall. The kennels are more than half done, though very little can be done at this time of year when darkness falls completely at half past four. It is most peculiar to an American to see men sloshing around in the mud in utter darkness with building blocks and cement and one hopes the results will be right side up, and faintly level.
In connection with my two remaining dog pups. It is always interesting to note that most of the white ones born with pink eye rims do eventually turn black. One always despairs of them, and there is nothing I dislike more than the porcine expression of pink rims, which often don't fill completely, usually not towards the inside. But you can be lucky and notice a surprising amount of pigment by six months. I kept one of these pig like individuals, Paddy Blarney by name, completely as a comrade, end now at six months he has filled in almost all around. The partis, especially the brindles, which I seem to go in for, are a nightmare in respect to head markings. I have a friend in France who would refuse to keep a mismarked one at all. I don't think I agree with her, as if the eye fills in, the mismark can look quite attractive. Breeders of solid colors are in an enviable position, avoiding all this hazard. If you choose a stud dog, such as Mr. Young's heavily pigmented The Scot, the odds get shorter on good eyes, no matter how much white is present.
The Irish show season starts up again with the Dublin Show on Stephen's Day, December 26th. My Am. Ch. Great Circle Little Alice, who only needs two points to finish here, was gored and badly tumbled by a cow, which she had no business chasing. She is at present enjoying ill health thoroughly, wrapped up in coats and covers, and I'd say would make the show all right. It would be great fun to finish her, if she is lucky enough to even get those last difficult points, before she gets into any more trouble. Rising seven years, you'd think she'd know enough to stay away from badgers, otters and cattle, but sense has not arrived with advancing years. If she does finish, I suppose she'd be the first dual U. S. and Irish champion of record.
Meanwhile I battle to keep warm in the short cold days in an unfinished house with unfinished kennels. Heat lamps are a life saver and having electricity at last is a godsend.
Happy New Year to all Whippet owners in America, and many thanks for Christmas Cards that I will eventually answer.
Louis Pegram Reports
St. Louis, Missouri
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The quality of material sent in by Whippet owners for THE WHIPPET NEWS has been on the whole excellent since the very start of this specialized breed publication. THE WHIPPET NEWS was originated for all owners of Whippets, whether they own from one to a hundred Whippets, to express their constructive opinions on historical background, breeding, feeding, kennel management, showing, racing, pet dogs or any interesting subject that might be related directly to the Whippet as a breed. The real purpose of THE WHIPPET NEWS is to bring about a feeling of "togetherness" among those people living far distances from each other in order that they may better know and understand activities going on in the Whippet world.
There have been times when, in their enthusiasm, writers have moved from expressing their positive thinking to direct criticism of other Whippet owners' ideas, which creates unnecessary backing in later issues by certain other Whippet owners who may or may not agree with the subject being discussed. It is always well to freely express your feelings in a positive manner but not at the expense of tearing down others on a personal basis, who might not agree on a given subject. The breed also suffers when articles are written on highly intangible subjects with little knowledge or background by the writer, causing loss of interest in breeding, showing and racing of the Whippet. It is certainly a different matter, however, when an article is written asking for comments--but then, too, be constructive in your reply.
Certainly it is to be hoped that all members of "The American Whippet Club" and readers of THE WHIPPET NEWS will continue to send in their fine articles of interest that directly relate to any specific Whippet activities. Just at this point I do wish to express my personal feelings of gratitude to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Jacobs who have done a tremendous job in accumulating and publishing material forwarded them for reprinting in THE WHIPPET NEWS. Certainly the Jacobs deserve no end of credit for their endless giving of time to the betterment of the Whippet.
Seven League Kennel Reports, D. R. Motch
October 25, 1962
Ever since I wrote my article to The Whippet News on the 31st of July, I have been waiting eagerly for some reaction through our spokesman, The Whippet News. What many of you did not know was that the Jacobs and I discussed the News format etc. at the Eastern Specialty without any pain, strain or unpleasantness what-so- ever. That in itself completely rules out my trying to intimidate the Jacobs. Who in Whippets would?
Next, let me clearly state that I wasn't preaching a sermon. I was making a plea. A plea to breed better Whippets: Now I will state that the farthest thing from my mind was to intimidate anyone, for I obviously intimidated some, and for that I sincerely and humbly apologize. A few correspondents seemed to feel that I thought that I was laying claim to being "the dean of American Whippet breeders.” No one could wear that shoe more awkwardly than me. I got my first Whippet 10 years ago in College and my first bitch was a present from Donald Hostetter in 1958. I'm an upstart, but let me tell you a story.
In the summer of 1958, I bought from the Shearers a red bitch called Meander Chatter. She was a full sister to Donald's gorgeous Ch. Meander Liat O'Lazeland (Alice to her friends). "Rita" as I named Chatter, had a head and a neck with few peers- her neck came right off the top of her back and was arched, a rarity, nowadays. She was very deep, very shapely, very sound behind, had flat feet like a chicken and a short tail and legs. Still, there was good in her. I bred her to a complete outcross English dog. The puppies were cute and caught chickens, cats and rabbits, but were not show dogs. Then I bred her to a son of that dog who was bred like she was on her dam's side. The results were some better, but not a show dog in the lot. I then let her skip a season, and so when she came in again, I had myself over to Meander where she was bred, and looked at all their dogs. After great deliberation, I finally settled on Ch. Meander Bob—White. I settled on him because he too had the proper long head and arched neck and depth. HOWEVER, HE STOOD ON LEGS THAT WERE LONG ENOUGH, HE HAD LOVELY KNUCKLED UP FEET, HIS SHOULDERS WERE CLEAN, AND HIS TAIL WAS THE PROPER LENGTH. Also, he was a litter brother to Rita's sire, Ch. Meander Kingfisher. From the litter I got two bitches to get 5 pointers at a Specialty, and Songbird won the Garden under Doris Wear and a Best In Show under Alva Rosenberg. But let me add the most important part. Judy Shearer told me that she would not breed Rita to BOB-WHITE if it was her decision, but since it was my nickel, she laughingly obliged. I have just this minute hung up the phone after speaking to Judy and her comment was, and I quote, "Tell them that the more you do, the less you know, but try to do it right."
I said it before and upstart that I am, I'm going to say it again, I've never bred a bench champion with a C. D. who could win races like Whipoo's Whimsy, and we love our house pet, Spot, who is a useful race dog, BUT OUR GOAL IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE TO BREED THE PERFECT WHIPPET.
MERRY XMAS HAPPY NEW YEAR BETTER WHIPPETS
Whipoo Kennel Reports Sibyl & Gene Jacobs December, 1962
Mahomet , Illinois
While not agreeing with the article in the last News, Showing Dogs Incognito, we do think it is a well thought out article and welcome addition to the Whippet News, so often criticized for having too much racing. So, this is something entirely different to think about, and will no doubt draw criticism also, but the criticism end lively discussion is what makes the Whippet News interesting and readable, instead of it becoming some dull report of show wins, race results and litters whelped, that gets thrown down unread after a quick look through.
No matter how or where a dog is judged, the judgment is only the opinion of one person. As we all realize, the next opinion could be entirely different. Who is to say when someone has bred the perfect Whippet, for by whose interpretation of the breed standard is the Whippet perfect?
As far as Whippet judging in the mid west is concerned, we feel there is much less winning in the way of "politics" being important, than is claimed by some. We believe that if a good quality, sound Whippet is shown regularly in our area, this dog will finish with a minimum of low class placings. The quality of Whippets in our area is high, so a good dog will no doubt get several Reserves along the way, when he could have easily just as well been Winners. The exhibitors out here have seemed to learn what judges do not appear to be knowledgeable of Whippets, and these judges rarely receive an entry. Thus the low quality dog depending on "politics" cannot find the competition for major shows.
It seems to us that more judges are asking for gaiting on a loose lead and for dogs to stand on their own without being posed, a good thing we think. At least Whippets seem to be free of the extreme over handling forced in some of the other breeds, especially those with coat.
As far as the race Whippet and the show Whippet, some people seem to miss the point and want one dog for show and their nice pet to race. Of course it is fun for the "pet" owner to be able to race his dog, but feel most Whippet breeders want the show Whippet and the creditable racer IN ONE DOG. So far, our breed has gone along in this way and many outstanding racers are bench champions, so please let us continue, and NOT have two different types of Whippet, the racing type and the show type, which could ruin our breed. Most breeders who are participating in the racing are racing their show dogs, which is as it should be.
We have heard some breeders express the opinion that Whippet Specialties should not be judged by present day Whippet breeders. We would like to know who these people think should judge Specialties? Old time breeder judges no longer active in the breed, "all-arounder" judges, breeders of other breeds who have a special interest in Whippets? We frankly do not know what "type" judge is ideal, but do strongly feel that whoever the judge may be for a Specialty should be more than just competent in the breed.
Racing Report, Western Gazehound Club (B. C. Canada)
The members of the Western Gazehound Club have had a very successful year of racing. With 16 Whippets, 2 Borzoi and 5 Afghans, we have put on four exhibition race meetings. The last meeting took place during the entertainment period of the final football game of the season at Vancouver. With 20,500 fans watching we got a fair bit of publicity. We hope to be racing 6 Whippets to a race next year instead of 4 and are busy with our new trap plans. The lure is our big problem at the moment as most members feel that we need a circular track, but the club's finances cannot manage such at the present. Also, this set-up could not be moved easily. We have been running the lure on a spare rim on a car. This has the advantages of being very simple to assemble and operate and fully portable but the disadvantages of only being able to race on the straight with the lure operator sometimes unable to judge the distance between the leading dog and the lure.
At the Cloverdale Fall Fair, in the final race, the winning dog was Miss J. Anson's Ch. Gypsy's Kelly, C.D. (Ch. White Acres Silver Spice ex Ch. Rockabye Gypsy). Best bitch was Mr. M. Webster's Whirlwind Genevieve (Ch. Pennyworth Pilgrim Father ex Int. Ch. Dawnstar of Test) At. The B. O. Lion's Football Game the two winners were Gypsy's Kelly and Miss L. Webster's Rockabye Gunslinger (Ch. Pennyworth Pilgrim Father ex Ch. Rockabye Peace Pipe).
We had hardly any trouble this year with fighting problems (pushing, jostling etc.) as all members have muzzles for their dogs now. They are never run without muzzles not even the young dogs and we have found that scrapping incidents are almost nonexistent.
We would love to send a racing teem to Chicago next year and are still working on various ways of transporting dogs and owners at the lowest cost.
A point of interest regarding the size question. We have a 17 inch bitch, 6 years old, belonging to a club member, who is only a head behind our top winning male of 22 inches. She is fantastic to watch as she barely skims over the ground and comes out of the traps as though she'd been shot. It goes to prove that the little ones can do it!
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Carleen R. Anderson, Magill, South Australia, writes:
November 21, 1962. On the advice of Mrs. Hodgson, Hon. Secretary of the Northern Counties Whippet Club, who I wrote seeking information on Whippets both showing and racing , she advised me to write you in the hope that you would be able to give me added information on showing and some details on racing (the point she could not supply information on as they do not handle that side of Whippets).
She also stated that you may be able to place our names on your mailing list for the American Whippet News. If this could be done we would be most grateful as we are trying to form a Club here in Adelaide so that we may be able to race Whippets over the speed track at Waterloo Corner (where they have Greyhound racing every Sunday afternoon.)
At present in our kennels we have four Whippets and one Greyhound pup. Two Whippet: a dog — Wippalong Faithful, and a bitch — Glenolan Flashing Jet, are Australian Champions, whilst another bitch — Wollara Irish Rose is one challenge certificate off being an Australian Champion. The other Whippet — Wippalong Lovely Diana is still a pup and will be one year old on 8th December, 1962. Our Greyhound pup — Doongara Miss will be six months old on the 28th November, 1962.
Assuring you that any information you can supply us would be of great assistance to not only ourselves but the other breeders here in South Australia, and, that through it, we may be able to show our dogs to greater advantage.
Pamela Arthur, B. C., Canada, writes:
My two black and tan puppies are now 3 1/2 months old and still haven't changed colour, so maybe we'll be lucky. What a lovely brace they will make.
Rockabye Lucky Joker from Ch. Pennyworth Pilgrim Father ex Ch. Rockabye Peace Pipe litter last spring, just missed getting his Canadian Championship as a junior puppy by 1 point. He had 2 Group placings (2nd & 4th), 4 Best Hound Puppy and 1 Best Puppy In Show. My sister's Can. Ch. Gypsy's Kelly, C.D. went Best of Breed at the Whidbey K. C. Show in Marysville, Wash. There were 7 Whippets entered. His dam Can. Ch. Rockabye Gypsy went Winners Bitch.
Mrs. John Abrams, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, writes:
We were very proud of our fawn male, Ch. Cameo Apache, (Piggy to his friends) on his Obedience score of 194 out of the possible 200 points, placing him fourth in a class of twenty—five at the Enid, Okla. dog show, Oct. 28. It was our first Obedience Trial and he was the only Whippet entered.
We are also very pleased with the quality of our first litter of Whippet puppies and spend much of our time watching them run and play in the yard and arguing over which is the best puppy.
Selwyn Blackstone, Franksville, Wis., writes:
I cannot think of anyone who does not have foremost in his mind the improvement of his Whippets. I cannot think of anyone who would not welcome more information on breeding a Whippet who will come as close to matching the standard as possible. But I am certain that the phrase "improvement of the breed" will bring forth many different ideas.
Just as one cannot necessarily "tell a book by its cover", the "whole" animal cannot be completely known by the picture it presents in the show ring. True, the outer covering, bone structure, and partial movement can be seen; but not the personality, stamina or speed. In the show ring, the Whippet is more or less controlled, and the reactions to other people, animals and unusual situations are completely subdued. These things, I sincerely believe, are just as important to the breed. the lovable lap dog who may present an elegant picture in the show ring, but is afraid of its own shadow and finds it great exertion to trot outside, is not a complete animal.
Undesirable traits should be bred out. Ill-temperament, poor stamina, poor running action, etc. are traits that to me are also undesirable and attempts should be made to breed them out. What better place to find out about these traits then in the field hunting (or coursing) or on the track competing. Also, I must agree with Christine Cormany's statement "A new recruit is probably as delighted with his dog finishing 3rd in a heat race as we are with a Reserve at a big Specialty show. He's more apt to keep at it then the exhibitor in the breed ring who keeps getting 3rd in the classes."
The standard of the breed was drawn up and designed to produce an animal of great speed. A definition I read in our old family dictionary when I was in school induced me to buy my first Whippet in 1947, it read something like this: "pound for pound the fastest domesticated animal on four legs". I believe the standard is proving it does produce this type of animal as evidenced by the many show champions who excel on the track.
Let us keep the racing articles available for those that are interested, and let us see more articles on breeding, especially from the more successful breeders.
John W. Kreutziger, Denver, Colorado, writes:
November 30, 1962, I sure enjoyed the latest Whippet News. I particularly liked the pictures. I have been keeping the pictures of dogs I think look particularly nice. I liked Whipoo's Twist Of Lemon's picture real well except maybe her front legs which seem a little too straight from the pastern joint to the ground, but it could be the picture or my odd taste in conformation. The front legs of the picture of Ch. great Circle Skibbereen is the shape I prefer.
Recently I had my dog out oh the plains east of Denver along with a little long haired mongrel I keep as company for him. There are a lot of sand burrs out there and every little while we would hit a patch and he would have to have them pulled out of his pads and from between his toes and peels. The long haired mongrel got them too but only in her pads where she easily shook them off within a few steps. I could help but think how long hair between the Whippets toes would have been an asset. In areas like this, a long haired Whippet, possibly with a coat length no longer than the Saluki, would be advantageous. This could easily be accomplished by crossing the Saluki and back crossing to the Whippet to retain the size and conformation of the Whippet.
Mrs. C. E. Francis, London, England, writes:
November 4, 1962, Very many thanks to you for sending me the Whippet News. It was greatly appreciated by ourselves and our friends in the breed.
Earlier in the year we were able to race with Mrs. Wendell Howell for one week-end. At our small Club where we race over 175 yards straight, Mrs. Warsfold's Summersway Black Arrow, a big dog but a sprinter, beat all three of Mrs. Howell's, firstly in separate races and then running with just those three, he again beat them all. Over the longer distance he is not so good and was beaten. I used this dog as a sire for my Tina and she produced 6 puppies, 5 dogs and one bitch, one black, one blue 4 brindles. They were born on Aug, 16th and have all been sold. We ere very interested in the racing of Whippets and have been running a small training club. Here we teach Whippets to trap and chase the drag hare (or lure);as the dogs become more experienced they go on to competitive racing. There is a coursing club just started up in the south of England and my husband and a couple of our dogs will be going coursing this week end. I will endeavor to give you the news of this and any other shows or racing that happens along. Hoping that some of this will be of interest to your readers and wishing the very best of luck to all American Whippet owners (race or show).
December 1, 1962. I and my husband belong to a training society and if any of you have unusual news of Whippets we would be pleased to hear of it for the magazine the society propose to put out every three months. This is a mixed Society and the Whippets have only just been affiliated to it, so the other members do not know much about our breed.
All for this time, will write after Dec. 15.
Sam E. Hearn, Lawton, Oklahoma., writes:
Have just received the October issue of the Whippet News. I know the Jacobs must be burning a lot of lamp oil to be doing the magnificent job they are with the News. Have you noticed the News has gotten to be quite a publication lately? The News is now doing a wonderful job of covering all fields of the Whippet, breeding, racing and the show dog. I am very grateful to be receiving this wonderful information and I am sure all the Whippet breeders will join me in extending our gratitude to the Jacobs. The show entries in this part of the country I believe have been up a little in Whippets this fall. I hope it will still improve some in time as I have sold several good show prospect puppies to show minded people in the past few months, also we have had a few Whippets showing up in the Obedience classes, and at last I believe a few people are learning what a nice little dog the Whippet really is. The battle has been long and hard around here to ever get the breed before the public enough for anyone to even know a Whippet when they see one. I feel the breed is fast coming to the front and I have never known another breed that was more deserving. This has been brought forth through the work of all the many true Whippet breeders, and we must say a job well done.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from all around Blue Beaver.
Miss F. Julia Shearer, Locust Dale, Virginia, writes:
November 28, 1962. AN OPEN LETTER TO WALTER WHEELER, My dear Mr. Wheeler, Mainly because I had a bit of spare time on my hands when the most recent issue of the Whippet News arrived and because it was the first piece in it, I began reading your most unfortunate contribution. Once I realized its general trend, I felt obliged to continue. It did not improve.
It is my personal thought that you have probably left yourself open to any number of libel suits. However, I should not worry too much, it is hardly of sufficient importance as to warrant any such drastic actions.
Several things become readily apparent. Firstly, you are not a judge of dogs nor are you of suitable material to ever become one. Secondly, you have a very well—developed case of "kennel blindness". Oddly enough quite a few judges do object to fiddle fronts and other major faults.
The very thought of attempting to judge dogs held casually on a nice, long, lose lead by a person totally unknown to the dog, causes one to shudder. Unfortunately there are already far too many owners handling their own dogs who have not the vaguest idea of how to show one. It makes it difficult, if not impossible, to properly evaluate the merits of a member of the canine species under such circumstances.
There are two classes of judges: those who judge purely for the fun of it and only get their expenses paid (some don't even get that) and the professionals, who are well paid and earn every cent of it. Judges of the former category generally do not want, nor will they accept, more than a limited number of judging engagements. The professionals, of course, do want as many as they can handle. However, only judges who can satisfy the bigger majority of exhibitors have the chance of obtaining many assignments. N o judge manages to satisfy many exhibitors by judging "the other end of the lead".
Thus, in my personal estimation, your obnoxious and decidedly insulting insinuations are quite without foundation and only mean that there is one more disgruntled exhibitor. Why not take up the exhibition of fancy mice?
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