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THE BREEDS IN BRIEF No . 55 OCTOBER 1946
Whippet

IT IS AN old story in Hollywood that if a young player hits the popularity jack-pot in one type of role he or she stands a good chance of being given no other kind of part to play. In other words the young hopeful thereupon becomes a "type," and even heaven itself cannot seem to make the producers realize that the player has ability for any other. And after a few such parts, the die is cast so solidly that there seems no hope of breaking it down.

Frankly, the Hollywood big shots cannot be blamed for their blindness. We're all a little blind in similar respects. Once we learn of a specialist that stands out in one line we cannot conceive that possibly the same ability might be useful at something else. As a case in point, take the Whippet-55th subject in this condensed series on all the recognized breeds—for here is a dog with which most of the world associates only one outstanding virtue, speed. The world is not wrong in that, either, for he is the fastest domesticated animal of his weight living.

Speed has made the Whippet's name known throughout the civilized world, but much of that world would be very surprised to learn that this four-footed speedster has much more than that to rate him a top place in the ranks of dogdom. To mention just one—but a very important one—his keen intelligence is enough to give him front rank in the hit parade. Perhaps it is not surprising that his smartness has been overlooked, and probably it is equally natural that this side of him comes as a surprise even to some of his greatest boosters.

Some years ago I was visiting a kennel that was then—and is still—breeding and exhibiting some of the finest Whippets in the United States. The owner was retelling the exploits of her top winner—a specimen that was often out on the circuit with a professional handler. "You know," the owner said, half apologetically, "this little Whippet bitch is really smart. Every time she comes back from the circuit she seems to want to show us that she is in excellent condition. Without a word from anyone she runs upstairs, steps on the scale that we always use to check her weight, and remains there until someone indicates that she may hop off.

The incident above is just one instance, but the breed's performance in obedience tests, its general acceptance as a pet by so many since its show ring winnings have brought it to prominence in the past half dozen years, are all indications that the Whippet is considerably more than a miniature speed demon. In fact, there are many who claim that this breed comes very close to being the ideal all-around dog. Nor does this claim sound too exaggerated, for, like most of the "manufactured" breeds, the Whippet's qualities were blueprinted before he appeared in his present form.

The Whippet's history is not a long one—if we are to compare it with those of the basic breeds—for he began to take form hardly more than a decade before the middle of the 19th Century. Even then it took half a century before he was recognized in 1891 as a separate breed by the Kennel Club (England).

It is said that the reason for the advent of the Whippet was the abolition of those cruel pastimes, such as bull and bear baiting and pit dog fighting, through which some of the English once expressed their "sporting" instincts. The same elements that had followed the more barbaric forms of action hit upon the idea of coursing rabbits in an enclosure. This would give lots of action but it would also call for a dog considerably smaller than the big Greyhound which had long been celebrated for its coursing ability in the open fields. So they set out to breed a small one. At first they thought to achieve their ends by breeding together the smaller specimens of the Greyhound. This was not successful, for big ones would often result even when both sire and dam were small. So terriers—of various breeds and of either smooth or rough coat—were crossed with the small Greyhounds. This gave the desired results much more quickly, but quite a lot of the famed elegance and beauty of the big courser was lost. It is doubtful if the men who wanted principally action worried about this, but it did bother some serious breeders who saw in these "snap-dogs," as they were then called, the nucleus of a really fine breed. However, these men who hoped to develop the breed were not without their own selfish motives, for they saw in this dog the splendid little racer into which it eventually developed. This interest centered in and around Lancashire and Yorkshire, among the coal miners.

It was not long before the Whippet had been made into a most acceptable straightaway racer and had become known as the "poor man's race horse." The dogs were raced over a 200 yard course, the system employed being to have a slipper—who literally hurled the little fellow over the first few yards of the course—and a handler who ran to the finish mark and then stood some distance behind it frantically waving a towel that would attract the attention of his charge. This form of racing still prevails both here and abroad, but in modern times some circular tracks equipped with electrically operated "bunnies" have made their appearance in the United States.
As might be expected when large groups of English mill operatives emigrated to America they brought their dogs and their form of racing with them. The definite date when the first races to the addition of some Italian Greyhound blood.

In racing, the handicap system has always been used to equalize the competition. With the weights of the Whippets varying from 10 to 28 lbs., the heaviest dogs started at scratch with the others strung out in front according to decreasing weight, the lightest contender being nearest to the finish mark. Also, consideration was taken of the fact that the female is usually faster than the male. A specimen was considered a top racer if he or she could negotiate the distance in 12 seconds or better. Roughly they attain a speed of 35 miles per hour.

There has never been any sharp line of demarcation drawn between the racing strains and those used for the show ring, but naturally most show specimens carry a little more weight than their "tuned up" cousins of the track. However, type is practically the same and there have been cases of dogs which could score on either bench or track. In fact, at least one of the noted show winners pictured on these pages comes of a line that has made quite a mark as a producer of racers. Perhaps one reason for this is that the official Standard has been drawn up with a thought for the racing dog, and in the excellent books on the breed listed herewith by the AKC Library one will find continual mention of the dual qualities of the dog. We quote from the Standard as follows:

"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. Semi-pricked when at attention . . .

Eyes—Bright, intelligent, round in shape, dark hazel in color . . .

Teeth—White, strong, and even. Teeth of upper jaw should fit closely over the lower. . . .

"Neck—Long and muscular, well-arched with no suggestion of throatiness, widening gradually into the shoulders ...

Shoulders—Well laid back and muscular without being loaded . . .

Brisket—Very deep and strong, reaching to point of elbows. Ribs well-sprung but with no suggestion of barrel shape.

"Forelegs—Straight and rather long, held in line with shoulders.

Elbows should turn neither in nor out and move freely with the point of the shoulder.

Pasterns strong. Fair amount of bone . . .

Feet—Must be well formed with strong, thick pads and well knuckled up claws . . .

Hindquarters—Long and powerful, stifles well bent, thighs broad and muscular, hocks short and well let down. . . .

"Back—Strong and powerful, rather long and very well arched over the loin, creating a definite tuck-up of the underline . . .

Tail—Long and tapering, should reach hip bone when drawn through between the hind legs.

"Coat—Close, smooth and firm in texture . . .

Ideal Height—Dogs 19 to 22 inches, bitches 18 to 21 ...

Color—Immaterial."

Although the Whippet has never been widely popular in America, it began to forge to the front about ten years ago, due principally to the fact that a number of prominent women exhibitors established kennels of bench show specimens. Prior to that it had been mostly a racing dog. The war, of course, nipped that boom in the bud, but it is on the move again. What degree of popularity the breed will attain cannot even be guessed, but at least the fact has been well established that due to its small size, its good disposition, and the almost total absence of work necessary in ring preparation it is an ideal woman's show dog.

If anything does zoom the Whippet up into the front ranks of the hit parade it will be the result of his excellent disposition, which more than one owner has described as "thoroughly charming." And it is not a "too sweet" charm, but one flavored with enough ruggedness for the man and sufficient playfulness to interest the children. In short, this grand little fellow has something for each member of the family.

AMERICAN KENNEL GAZETTE

BOOKS ON THE WHIPPET
American Kennel Club--The Complete Dog Book. (Official publication . . . contains a chapter on the Whippet (as well as one on each of the other recognized breeds) giving history, characteristics, official standard, illustration, etc.; a 78 page section on the care, feeding, breeding, common ailments, etc., of dogs in general; and a chapter on practical obedience training.) New edition revised to 1945. 800 pages. Price: $2.49 delivered.

Bylandt, Count Henry de—Dogs of All Nations: Their Varieties, Characteristics, Points, etc. (Section on the "Whippet"—Vol. I (Sporting Dogs), pages 746-754; written in English, Dutch, French and German—numerous illustrations.) 1905. Publisher: K. Paul, T. Trubner & Co., Ltd., London, Eng. (Out of print.)

Compton, Herbert, Compiler—The Twentieth Century Dog (Sporting). (Chapter on "The Whippet"—pages 425-438.) 1904. Publisher: Grant Richards, London, Eng. (Out of print.)

Drury, W. D.—British Dogs: Their Points, Selection, and Show Preparation. (Chapter on "The Whippet"—pages 96-103.) 3rd ed. 1963. Publisher: L. Upcott Gill, London, Eng. (Out of print.)

Fitter, B. S.—The Show Whippet: The Ideal House Dog and Sporting Companion . . . A Guide to the Novice. (Chapters on the ideal show dog, housing, feeding, breeding, exercise, grooming, training, clothing, exhibiting, ringcraft, judging, duties of a ring steward, breed clubs, "Whippeteers", list of champions, etc.) 1938. 58 pages. Apply: "Dog World", Watmoughs Ltd., Idle, Bradford, Eng. Price: approx. $1.

Fitter, B. S.—The Whippet: As a Show Dog : Home & Sporting Companion. n.d. 7 pages. Reprint from "Our Dogs", Oxford Road Station Approach, Manchester 1, Eng. Price: approx. 15 cents.

Hutchinson's Dog Encyclopedia—(Includes section on the "Whippet"—Vol. III, pages 1925-1936; numerous illustrations.) 1934-1935. Publisher: Hutchinson & Co. Ltd., 55 Pont St., London, S.W.1, Eng. (Out of print, new edition in preparation.)

Lee, Rawdon B.—A History and Description of the Modern Dogs of Great Britain and Ireland (Sporting Division—Vol. I). (Chapter on "The Whippet"—pages 267278.) 3rd ed. 1906. Publisher: Horace Cox, London, Eng. (Out of print.)

Leighton, Robert, Editor—The New Book of the Dog. (Chapter on "The Whippet" by F. C. Hignett—Vol. I, pages 198-204.) Special ed., 1911. Publisher: Cassell & Co., Ltd., London, Eng. (Out of print.)

Lloyd, Freeman—The Whippet or Race-Dog : Its Breeding, Rearing and Training for Races and for Exhibition . . . with illustrations of typical dogs and diagrams of tracks . . . with a chapter on the Whippet as a show-dog by B. S. Fitter. (Chapters on characteristics and conformation, breeding, the Whippet as a snap-dog, race-dog, sporting-dog, show-dog, companion; also training, tracks and race courses, some racing rules, management of meetings, tables of times, distances and weights, rules of handicapping, kennels, food and clothing, diseases, etc.) 4th ed. (revised). After 1928. 90 pages. Publisher: The Bazaar, Exchange and Mart, Ltd., Link House, 4-8 Greville Street, London, E.C.1, Eng. Price: approx. 60 cents.

 

AUGUST 27, 1909. THE KENNEL.

Whippet and Race-Dog News.
A Skin Toilet.—I occasionally receive a query somewhat after this manner : " Can you give me an easily applied, homely cure for skin irritation in my Whippets? There is no appearance of eczema or any skin disease, and certainly there are no insects. There is just an itch which makes the dog uncomfortable at times." It would be easy to tell the sender of such a question that if his dog has no skin disease and no insects its blood must be heated, and that the cure is a dose of cooling medicine. That might be a right and proper answer, but on the other hand it would not apply to all cases, as some dogs are 'naturally too dry in the skin, and if not actually troubled with scurfy coats at least do suffer from discomfort. During the past winter a dog that came into my possession took occasional fits of scratching. I could not have called it irritation exactly, but certainly it was discomfort. I gave it a sponge over with ammoniated water, as mentioned in my last week's notes, and then while the coat was still slightly damp I rubbed in Fuller's Earth to the roots; then rubbed and brushed the coat until dry but leaving a quantity of the " earth " in the hair. Next day, the dog got an extra grooming to remove the retaining powder, and afterwards was thoroughly " dry-cleaned " by rubbing in fresh " earth" to the roots of the coat, and the skin and hair were given hand massage. Three applications on three succeeding days, of a quarter-of-an-hour each, will allay any uncomfortableness, and the treatment is a splendid coat tonic. For dark coloured dogs, brown Fuller's Earth can be used, and for white ones use Taylor's Cimolite. To clean white Whippets when one does not want to wash them, or • as a day-before the-show treatment, sponge with water and ammonia as
already directed and rub in the Taylor's Cimolite. Then allow to dry and brush out. If the dog is going to a show leave a considerable quantity of the Cimolite in the coat and brush it out on the show morning. After the brush has removed all that it will remove give the dog a thorough patting all over as by so doing you will remove every vestige of the cleaning material and leave no " dust " for the judge to find fault with. A good system of coat cleaning, when time is at a premium, is to warm some dry bran in the oven and then while warm rub it (dry) well into the dog's coat. This method will neither benefit nor harm the skin, but it will remove the dirt and put on a polish. Of course don't try the bran treatment on a white dog the day before the show ! These hints need not always be carried out, but my novice friend will find them useful on occasion ; at least I have. For irritation in the ears, and when canker is not evident, wash out the inside of the ear gently with warm water and soap, dry thoroughly with a soft cloth, then holding the dog's head on one side dust in boracic powder. Allow the head back to its natural position, but hold it for a few minutes, otherwise the animal will shake out the powder, or endeavour to scratch his ears if, as often happens, the powder nips a little.

General Jottings.—Mr. Howard, Trafalgar-street, Lowestoft, has Duke of Corton at stud for the low fee of 15s., and prospective users who have not seen the dog can have a photo. Duke of Corton is by Ch. Shirley Wanderer ex Ch. Shirley Siren, and is one of that grand litter that produced Signorina. There will be nothing to argue about here, as not only is there a pedigree to please the most fastidious, but there is that " individual merit " as well—it's a case of winners all round.

I hear that Mr. Horton is sending out some wonderfully fast and true racers from the Swift Kennels, Southport, these days. One does not feel a saint when one arrives at a show with one's dog too late for judging. And it is not soothing to know that the lateness is a matter of minutes. My sympathies are with Mr. Ord, who had this disagreeable experience at Shildon show with the beautiful Smilax.

The Hexham winner, and one with a blue-blooded racing pedigree, Blue Wonder, has changed hands, Mr. Lundi having sold her to a fellow townsman in Newcastle, Mr. Harry Duffy. Mr. Bernard Fitter has sold that good dog and successful prize-taker, Wallingford Monk, to Capt. Cleaver, Liverpool. Whippets have two classes at Altrincham show on Wednesday, September 22nd, and entries close on the 10th of the month. Mr. J. W. Marples is to judge, and the secretary is Mr. J. Herbert Hall, 1, Market-street.

At Yeovil, on September 9th, Mr. W. H. Reeves will judge the one Whippet class. Mr. G. Bevis-Whitby is secretary, and entries close on the 30th inst.

Our one class at Shildon had the rather curious title of " Whippets, or Rabbit Dogs." However, as only Whippets
put in an appearance, the judge was saved the worry of giving a decision on such an animal as a " Rabbit dog," whatever that may be. First place went to Our Emma (Croft), the now well-known brindle, a shapely bitch, of good quality, excelling in brisket. 2nd, The Duchess of Seaton (Musgrove), a very typical fawn, shapely, but fails in chest, and does not stand so well as winner. 3rd, Lady Chester (Temple), another nice fawn, of good type and quality, might be better in forequarters. Smilax (Ord) arrived late.

At Woodhouse, Mr. Radcliffe's real good Whippet, Resemblance, had the hard luck to run up against Mr. Raper's Ch. Roasting Hot in the Whippet or Greyhound class.
" RED RAG

 

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WHIPPETS AT CANADA (1925)

The weekly handicap run by the Toronto Whippet Association and held on May 3, brought out a good entry and some excellent racing resulted. The winner of the finals was My Own, owned by W. Gibson and the runner-up was Col. G. G. Mitchell's Whisper. Both of these dogs were allotted a handicap of seven yards and the winner's time of twelve and two-fifths seconds is considered quite fast. Col. G. F. McFarland's entrant, Brown Gold, who won the third heat easily, had to be content with third in the finals as he started from scratch and could not overcome the seven yard handicap. The only thing to mar the day was the accident to George Judy, owned by G. Grass, who fell during the running of the semi-finals and cut himself when he slid into a stake.

 

WHIPPETS (Article November 1926)

Cleveland Whippet Notes
L. O'BRIEN
3136 Audubon Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio

SUNDAY, October 14th, at Cranwood Race Track, under the auspices of the Cleveland Whippet Club, the last Whippet handicap of the season was run off for the show trophy and two hundred dollars in money prizes, which went to the four dogs that qualified in the final. There was a large crowd of spectators and the track was in splendid condition, thanks to the owner, Mr. George Smith, and his attendants. The weather was fine and everything in favor of fast going. Twenty-four of the best dogs in this part were paraded before the large attendance and every dog seemed in the pink of condition, There were four heats of six dogs each, two semi-finals of six dogs each and a final of four dogs. The first heat was won by Mrs. Hadley's Blue Pilot, a coming dog; Mr. Theobald's Gaylord, second; and O'Brien's Jack, third. This heat was very even, with Mrs. Holden's Ronald finishing fourth. Inches separated the dogs.

The second heat was won by Mrs. O'Brien, Sr.'s dog, Granny's Boy; Mr. Bill Godley's Charlie My Boy, second; and Mrs. Wm. Hinton's Fire. Fly, third. Mr Holden's young dog, Babe Ruth, a twenty three-pound dog, put up a splendid showing in this heat. He will do better as he matures. Miss Jack Williams has something to be proud of in her little bitch, Miss Elyria, a fourteen-pounder that did well after a poor start. She is a fast one —I mean Miss Elyria.

The third heat Mrs. O'Brien, Jr., won with Nellie II; Mrs. Hadley's Step Lightly, second; Mr. Wm. Hinton's My Gal, third. Mrs. Holden's young bitch, Miss Dainty, and Mr. Theobald's Brownie Smile made a good showing in this fast heat. Mr. Fink, of Toledo, ran his fine young dog, The Skipper, in this heat and though beaten he was not disgraced, for the winner of this heat was adjudged the fastest dog in Ohio for the season.
The fourth heat went to Mrs. Slicer's Calgary Lad; Miss Margy O'Brien's thirteen-pounder, The Flapper, second; Miss Frances Hammersmith's Gray Wings of Mercury, third. The Flapper made a great showing for the first time out. Gray Wings is a very fast one. The heats were well and closely contested and the spectators showed their approval.

The semi-finals were surely well worth seeing. The first semi was won by Granny's Boy; Blue Pilot, second; Gaylord, third. The time given for this semi-final was twelve and two-fifths seconds, the winner having four yards of the scratch dog.

The second semi-final was a hot one won by Nellie II; Step Lightly, second. Time was given at twelve and one-fifth. This was a close finish with the strongest dog making a desperate effort to win. The anxious spectators were full of excitement, all on their toes to see the greatest final of the season. They cheered and cheered as the dogs for the final were being led up the track, each boosting their favorite. Nellie II was now the most popular, with Step Lightly and Granny's Boy about equal.

START OF THE THOMAS H. GRIFFITH WHIPPET HANDICAP
Spokane Interstate Fair; Spokane, Wash., September, 1926. Won by Edina Brownie; time, twelve seconds flat-200 yards. Left to right with dogs: Wm. Brown with Jerry; Art Messenger with Pale Face; Art Page and Page's Hackney Radio Lady; Sanely McLean and Cheat the Public; Fred Wilds with Cherbrooke Cad; Geo. Fulljames and Edina. Brownie. The man standing is W. Pym, racing manager. Submitted by Guy L. Holly, 1507 E. Second Ave., Spokane, Wash.

Strange to say, those four dogs, the finalists, all belong to women, and good sports. too. This was the second meeting in a final this year of the O'Brien's and Hadleys. At Erie, at the opening of the Hadley track, two of Hadley's dogs and two of O'Brien's met in the final. The honors then went to the Hadleys. This time, at Cranwood, honors went to O'Briens.

Final: 1st, Mrs. L. O'Brien's Nellie II, weight 25 lbs., from scratch; 2d, Mrs. J. C. Hadley's Step Lightly, weight 22 lbs., 3 yards; 3d, Mrs. O'Brien, Sr.'s Granny's Boy, 20 lbs., 5 yards; 4th, Mrs. J. C. Hadley's Blue Pilot, 21 lbs. 4 yards.

The time given was twelve and one-fifth seconds, and the winner has the honor of being the fastest dog in Ohio for the season. It is the first big event that Nellie II has won. She will be a good one next season.

The big event that was to take place at Erie on September 25th was put off owing to the weather. We expect to have a lot more racing next season, as there will be more Whippets in this part of the country. By the looks of things, the Whippet game is here to stay. By the efforts of the club in putting the game before the public in the manner in which they have done, they have succeeded in gaining a fine lot of supporters.


Vancouver Whippet Notes
W. IT. PYM
THE past summer has been a banner season for the Vancouver and District Whippet Association. More and better racing has never been seen, and the cut-of-town meets have been a great stimulus to the game on this coast. The Vancouver owners have successfully competed at Victoria, B. C.. Seattle, Spokane, Washington, and Eugene, Oregon, during the past few months. We are now busy making preparations for the winter race season which opens on Thanksgiving Day and will be continued until Easter with monthly handicaps and matched races.

It is gratifying to know that breeding operations have kept apace with the racing. It is a common sight to see twenty. five or thirty youngsters being put through their paces at the track every week-end, and some very promising specimens have been brought out. The principal officers of the Vancouver and District Whippet Association are Gerald L. Stock, president, and W. A. Coull, secretary.

Through the' efforts of Arthur Messenger, a prominent officer of the Great War Veterans' Association, the Whippet fanciers are soon to have a permanent track with club-house facilities. which will be included in the scheme to care for all outdoor sports at the new Memorial Park now under construction in the municipality of South Vancouver. This track will be maintained as a permanent memorial to those who gave their lives, and the veterans of the Great War.

Gerald L. Stock, the club president and handicapper, gave a wonderful exhibition of handicapping the dogs on past performances when Rob Roy, owned by W. Clift, and Pale Face, owned by P. Willox, ran three dead heats.

While racing and breeding occupy the major part of Vancouver fanciers' time, the bench show also receives consideration. An all-breed evening show will be held October 11th, with the well-known judge, Stanley Don-ell, wearing the ermine. Later in the season, a Whippet licensed specialty show will be held under the auspices of the Vancouver and District Whippet Association.

 

CH. CONQUISITOR

The Whippet Champion (1941)
Conquisitor
Owned by Mr. E. SIMONS
20, The Causewayhead, Penzance, Cornwall.
'Phone : Penzance 485.
THE Whippet dog, CH. CONQUISITOR, by Willesberg ex Ch. Tiptree Silver Dream, has that excellent combination of Tiptree and Willesberg blood-lines. He has been seven times best of breed, five times best in show, and has won nine cups and two diplomas, having beaten nine full champions. He is the youngest champion Whippet in the country to-day, winning his last challenge certificate in 1939. He is siring puppies of perfect type. His stud fee to selected bitches is two guineas.

 

CHRIS
SHUTTLEWORTH

"TWO CHAMPIONS IN ACTION"
Chris Shuttleworth and Chrisworth Crosty King

THERE is no more popular a handler, exhibitor, Whippeter or judge on the American continent than Chris Shuttleworth, of Santa Anita, California. Noy have had as many champions pass through their hands than Chris. No less than eight International Champions have been on the one end of the lead when Chris held the other end. Forty champions have had him as their guiding star—to these add the dogs that he has jockeyed 'to triumph and you have a picture before your eyes that would make any dog fancier's heart rejoice. Such is our old friend, Chris Shuttleworth.

But there are two strings to the Shuttle-worth bow, and Mrs. Shuttleworth is the other one, and we are not giving any secrets away when we say that she is the equal of her brilliant husband in all the essentials of the game. Devoted as she is to her home and the kennels, harmony is the keynote at all times.

A "slipper" at a Whippet meet it is said that she has no equal, and as this distinction is conceded on every track where she appears, there is no argument. As a "Slipper" she stands supreme—and she is a Mighty good judge of dogs, too.

Our illustration, which we were reluctantly compelled to cut down to its present small size on account of space, shows "King Chris in all his majesty," taking his imported Whippet, Ch. Chrisworth Crosty King down the "lines." Every feature of his face radiates 'the circumstance of his being extremely happy on the day the picture was 'taken, and no wonder either, Ch. Chrisworth Crosty King is probably the best combination show and racing Whippet in the United States, or perhaps in the whole world. Five times Sweepstakes winner on the track, and at the last twelve consecutive bench shows where this wonderful Whippet has been shown, he has won the Special prize for the best Whippet in the show. Crosty King has also finished in the first three in the Sporting Variety Group on numerous occasions.

This review has simply touched the fringe of a story that would occupy many pages if it was told in detail, suffice lit to say that "The Shuttleworths" are "all wool and a yard wide," and that the following address will find them alt home to all interested parties.

 

ALLWAYS WHIPPETS (1960)

Mrs BOBBIE JONES
The Coppice, Hailey Road Witney, Oxon. Phone Whitney 314

Ch PLAYMATE OF ALLWAYS (Photo by Fall )

MRS Jones has opened a small boarding kennel, with not more than six dogs taken at one time. The dogs are kept in the house, if preferred, and receive the same love and attention as the famous Allways dogs. Visitors are very welcome, and there are always puppies for sale.

At stud: Ch Fieldspring Bartsia of Allways (sire of five champions)
Ch Robmaywin Stargazer of Allways (sire of numerous winners including Swedish and Danish Ch Spinning Lariot of Allways) and Ch Playmate of Allways Ch Evening Star of Allways (sire of six champions)
Ch Playmate of Always (3 CCs and best of breed each time). Playmate is the 4th generation of Allways champions in a direct line, three home bred. Gaynose Festival of Allways (a winner every time shown)
Watchman of Allways

Bitch and puppies (future Allways champions?

Photo by D M Newton and Co Ltd

Exports during 1960
include:
ITALY
Sapphire of Allways,
Showgirl of Allways,
Rowena of Allways,
Candlewick of Allways.
FINLAND Winged Foot Shenandoah, Brown Owl of Allways, Bellavista Marker of Allways.
VENEZUELA Nickel Coin of Allways.
SWEDEN Tinribs Trap of Allways.
FRANCE Running Blue of Always.
AMERICA Marker of Allways.
AUSTRALIA Quickstep of Always.

THE WINNING WHIPPET, TIPTREE
GOLD DUST
The property of S. S. Wilkin, Esq.,
Goldhanger, Essex. Photo by Walter
Guiver, N.IO

WHIPPET AT STUD. (1909)
HIP HURRAH
(The property of Mr. Will Hally.) A beautiful golden brindle; winner of 1st and 2nd Cruft's; and 3rd and special best dog City of Glasgow Show, only times shown. Press reports :—" Has a sweetly turned body, grand bone, good front, legs, and feet; a very smart puppy." " Has lots of style, nice top, and grand hindquarters." " Beautiful natural arch, grand head, neck, legs, and feet, with fine depth of brisket." Hip Hurrah has now fined down into a well-nigh perfect Whippet, and is certainly one of the best alive; has terrific speed and a lightningly quick turner; sired by that lovely dog, Stranger, out of the famous Sunray, lately exported at a big price to America. Hip Hurrah thus possesses all the best points of the modern, as well as of the old Shirley blood. A proved sire. Fee, one guinea. All bitches will have Mr. Logan's personal attention, and will be met on arrival.—For further particulars, apply Mr. Peter Logan, Glenfoot, Ardrossan.

The Coursing Hounds
Whippet
About half the size of a Greyhound but with all his elegance and speed, the Whippet was created as a "poor man's race horse." Youngest member of the coursing-hound family, this dog was first bred by the miners of northern England in the mid-nineteenth century. Small Greyhounds were the basis of the breed, with some addition of terrier blood (probably the Manchester, the Bedlington, and the now extinct English White Terrier), although any terrier qualities have become invisible in today's Whippets. Italian Greyhound blood was added later to refine the lines of the breed. At one time there was a rough-coated variety as well as a smooth, but only the latter is seen today.

Fully as fast as a Greyhound over a short distance, the Whippet is a hardy hunting dog whose size alone limits the distance he can effectively run. It has been stated that he is "more fleet of foot than any domestic animal of his weight." He can sprint at the rate of approximately 35 miles an hour. He was used first on coursing trials with rabbits and later was raced on a track, egged on by handlers waving a white rag.

The Whippet's name derives from the word "whip" in its sense of quick, bright, and smart. Although the racing of Whippets has never been as popular in America as in England and attracts considerably less attention than that of Greyhounds, it is still practiced on both sides of the Atlantic. Whippets have won many adherents as show dogs and companions as well as speedsters, for their small size, smooth coat, and quiet and affectionate nature make them desirable household pets

Whippets and Racing.
To the Editor of THE KENNEL.
Sin,—I am pleased to see you are going to take an interest in Whippets and racing, and hope you will be able to devote some of your time to dog-racing in Glasgow. You could not do better than present us with one of your Red Rag Cups. In the first place, we have about twelve dogs in each heat. It is often the case to see two or three men running out for one dog, and it just as often happens that a lot of the dogs in each heat are not trying. Then the runner-out will stay inside the nets, perhaps ten yards from the winning line, and stop his dog from winning. Of course, you can understand what effect that has on the dogs on each side of him. Judges and handicappers shut their eyes at all this, and you often find the dog that was stopped gets put up one or two yards next week. Then you will find very often dogs allowed to run to live bait, and no one seems to take any notice of it, but these offences are nothing compared to many things those who go in for dog-racing have to suffer. I hope your notes may be the means of helping to purify the sport.—I am, & co.,
A LOVER OF THE SPORT. Paisley.

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SIR PETER

FAMOUS WHIPPETS
Owned by
Mr J. W. CURTIS 2 Musters Road West Bridgford NOTTINGHAM

As a hobby, a kennel of Whippets is ideal, these loveable dogs providing jolly good sport and companionship. So said Mr Curtis when I called to see his small but select kennel. Curled up in a chair was the superb bitch, Lady Dilicia, who can catch "puss" as well as imitate the domestic species. She has already won 6 first and numerous other prizes in open shows. The home-bred dog. Sir Peter, dreamed peacefully on a sofa. Although still a junior, he has won three firsts and 7 seconds in breed and variety classes. He should emulate his sire, Willesbuy, as a stud force. Beside him lay his dam, Willesbruna, also dam of those winning dogs Bitter Sweet of Drumgannon and Willesblair. Her wins include 2 firsts at Bristol, and 2 seconds and a third at 1934 Cruft's. Her sire was Ch. Sandbov and her dam Ch. Willesblima. She has again been mated to Willesbang and her daughter by Willesbing has visited Tiptree Gold Dust. This union of two of the finest strains in the breed should realise Mr Curtis' great ambition, to breed a champion.

Whippets
IN "Hutchinson's Dog Encyclopaedia" (English) the section devoted to whippets is well worth perusal. It is illustrated by photographs of some fine looking English specimens. The author, commenting on the origin of our breed, writes as follows : "In the whippet we have a dog bearing a name of no actually known deriviation, a name which even experts agree can only be a matter of conjecture. One fact, however, is clear, that it results from a thorough mixing of various sporting and racing ancestors, for authorities have made it clear that it is the probable outcross of small greyhounds, the Manchester terrier, the Bedlington terrier, the old English white terrier, and the Italian greyhound."

Leaving the past, however, our immediate concern must be the present and the future. Westminster will be here before we realize it, and nothing would benefit our breed more than a large entry at the big New York show. At the 1935 year's show there were 27 entries, of which three were for exhibition only and five absentees. Let us strive for at least 50 entries at the 1936 show. $25 will be offered for best of breed.

Whippets have been doing nicely at the summer and fall shows. Entries were large, and two pound groups were won. Mrs. Elizabeth Reimers excellent bitch, Ch. Woodland Princess, headed her group at Cumberland; while Meander Kennels' famous fawn dog, Ch. Mica of Meander, defeated a group of brilliant competitors at Englewood, under the keen eyes of Louis Murr. By winning this group, Ch. Mica achieved, I believe, the top-notch whippet victory of the year. Competition was stiff, and to win he had to defeat, among others : the harrier, Mr. Reynals Monarch; and the greyhound, Ch. Southball Moonstone of Halcyon. The latter has gone best of show several times over the best dogs in the country. All of which proves that whippets are forging ahead, and that Ch. Mica of Meander is one of the most outstanding dogs in the United States.—E. W. NASH, 45 Wall Street, New York City.

 

WHIPPET NOTES
BY "THE SLIPPER"
The annual meeting of the Whippet Club of America will be held at the Madison Square Garden, February 11th, 1925, at 4 P. M. This is the second day of the Westminster Kennel Club show and should this time interfere with the judging of the Whippet classes the meeting will be held immediately after the judging. It is hoped that an effort will be made by all members to 'attend.

Mr. Robert A. Ross of Montreal will judge Whippets at the Westminster Show, February 10-12. Mr. Ross is a most thorough and competent judge with long experience in the breed. We hope to see a bumper entry. Another good Canadian judge who will do Whippets at Baltimore on February 20-21 is Mr. Walter F. Reeves. It would be interesting for the good, Whippets of other localities to compete against. The excellent specimens breed around Baltimore, but unfortunately little seen at more northern shows.

The combined 1923-24 Whippet Club Book will be out in February.

Twelve bitches have been nominated for the 1925 Futurity to be held on the day of the Derby 1925. The nominations come 'from California, Cleveland and New York, and are: Moving Spirit, by Major Billy ex Gopher. Bred to Man O'War, owner 0. T. Manley. Jessie, breeding unknown. Bred to First Say, owner P. Summerfield. Flying Snow—Whiz Bang ex War Cloud. Bred to Madford Flying Fury, owner Mrs. C. G. West Jr. Full Flight, breeding unknown. Bred to Madford Flying Fury, owner Mrs. C. G. West Jr. Millhill Midget, by Black Prince ex Moon. Bred to Ragamuffin, owner E. Coe Kerr. Gopher by Black Prince ex Angela. Bred to Man O'War, owner 0. T. Manley. Penwood Pearl, by unknown ex Jessie. Bred to Keebitz, owner M. Dunleavy. Aye Age, by Solon ex Freewheel May. Bred to Dommors, owner R. J. Elleray. Stella II, by Jacks Jack ex Stella. Bred to Lancashire Lad, owner Foothill Kennels. Nomad Jewell, by Black Prince ex First Flight. Bred to Savin Marcus, owner Foothill Kennels. Niagara Maid, by Whiz Bang ex War Cloud. Bred to High Flyer, owner Foothill Kennels. Fasination, by Fulbourn ex Selina. Bred to Ragamuffin, owner Millhill Kennels.