I have added the COIs of all my whippets to this site. This is a measure of the intensity of their inbreeding and is known as the coefficient of Inbreeding. The English Kennel Club does not have a recommended level as yet, although they have launched their mate select website which breeders will be encouraged to use. They will also be recommending a level of COI in every breed to reduce inbreeding in the interests of the long term health of the pedigree dog. Currently the KC state that the average COI of pedigree whippets is 9.7%.
I am impressed by the KCs new policies and look forward to seeing them developed with care and support for all whippet breeders.
Parent to offspring matings are now banned by the KC, and they hope to reduce other close kinship matings with their new mate-select tool.
The Swedish Whippet Club has a strong
recommendation that breeders do not breed litters with a higher COI than 6.25%
See Whippet NEWSFLASH below for more.
Ch. Bluestreak Brief Encounter, Ch Bluestreak Bubbly Blonde, and Ch Bluestreak Beauty of Bath
The whippet Lure Coursing Day at the home of Moonlake whippets was a tremendous success. Whippets love to run fast after anything that moves. For more pictures of Whippet Lure Coursing click on Folly's red collar.
Whippet Breeding and COIs
July 24th 2011
The fabulous Whippet Archive has launched a wonderful new feature. You can now access COIs of every whippet on the database and drill down the pedigree to see an extensive analysis for each dog stored in the TWA database. This analysis contains the inbreeding coefficient (Wright's formula), ancestor loss, the partial inbreeding coefficient, the blood quota and more. Hats off to Karin and her team!
May 26th 2011
The Kennel Club have launched mate select for the purpose of increasing genetic diversity in pedigree dogs!
This is fantastic news for whippets as a breed and a great big step in the right direction by the Kennel Club.
Whippets have an average COI of 9.7%
For Whippet Breed Information please go to this page
Personality Traits of the Whippet
Whippets are playful but gentle dogs and make lovely family pets. Their personalities vary of course but on the whole they are a relaxed breed and spend much of the day fast asleep in the most comfortable spot they can find.
Whippets can be very mischievous! Behaviour such as leaping to the kitchen counter and surfing for food or tearing up a sofa cushion to make it softer is not uncommon, especially in puppies and young adults. Whippets do mellow as they grow up, but as puppies they can really be very naughty. These are not pups you want to leave loose in the living room while you nip out on an errand.
Whippets are sighthounds, bred to hunt game on sight. While generally not stubborn, they're independent and not the easiest breed to train. Don't let that discourage you: They are very intelligent and all can learn house manners easily, like sit, down, and stay. Some do well with more advanced obedience, including obedience competition. Most enjoy lure coursing (chasing a plastic bag pulled by a string) and racing and are also good in agility and flyball competition.
Rough handling, even in play, is an absolute no-no and you'll get the best training results with treats and praise. They respond very poorly to force-training. Whippets are one of the most affectionate of breeds; once they get to know you, nearly all will return your hugs and kisses with interest, and most are real snugglers.
They're sometimes referred to as "Velcro dogs." You might have more company than you want in the smallest room, and if you go out to get something in from the car you may be greeted just as enthusiastically upon your return as you would be after a two-week absence.
Whippets & Children
Whippets are not nearly as delicate as they appear and are usually excellent with gentle children . As long as a child is old enough to know how to treat him and is taught how to play with dogs, a whippet is a good choice for a child. A very young child should never be left alone with a dog of any breed and interaction between a child and a puppy must be closely supervised, for the protection of both.
Whippets & Strangers
As a rule, whippets are friendly with strangers, often even if not introduced! They are rarely much good as guard dogs. This is not generally a very vocal breed, and some hardly ever bark at all. The most common reason for a whippet to bark is that he has learned that he gets what he wants by barking.
Whippets & Cats
Whippets were bred to course and kill rabbits and hares - small furry prey that runs. Though most whippets are not used for that purpose today, they are still bred with that instinct , and the ones who are coursed and raced are bred specifically for this prey drive. Very few whippets are born without it. Even if your dog is brought up with your cat and loves and plays gently with it, if he ever sees the cat running outside, it won't be his beloved Tiddles, but prey.
Many owners do keep cats and whippets together successfully, but even the best training cannot be guaranteed to control basic instinct. It is best to have a young puppy rather than an older dog if you already have a cat.
The Loose Whippet
Don't even walk a whippet from the house to the car without a lead. It is amazing how quickly the worst can happen, and the first time a whippet gets away from you can easily be the last. It's easy to become casual about it when your whippet is generally obedient and calm. Remember that if he's okay off-lead 99 times out of 100, that 100th time could be the day you lose your best friend.
If your whippet does get away from you in an area where you he should not be loose, don't chase him. There's no way you'll catch him. If at all possible, get his attention. (not easy if he is chasing the neighbourhood cat) Then fall on the ground and begin laughing and yelling. He will come back just to see why in the world you are acting so strangely. Don't grab at him. Calmly take his collar and praise him for coming.
Welcome to the Cyber Kennel of Bluestreak Whippets
My heart is in breeding whippets first and showing them second, but my true pleasure is in owning whippets and enjoying their grace, beauty and downright naughtiness.
Whippets have been a massive part of my life, they have brought me success and anxiety, happiness and of course sadness, but most of all they have brought me friends the world over.
I am enjoying my new partnership with Surrey Hill's and Mariner's whippets in the USA
My first days in the whippet showing world were with a lovely blue Ousebank whippet, followed by years with my lovely fawn girls and later happy times sharing ownership of some gorgeous whippetswith Irene Straughan.
Thank You to all my special friends and wonderful families who have had whippets from me, shared my ups and downs and given me so much support & fun over the years.
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Whippet shows and clubs
There are 11 whippet clubs in the UK catering for all things whippet including whippet racing, whippet showing, whippet obedience and education for aspiring whippet judges. They also run whippet seminars, whippet health testing and whippet fun days!
Our beautiful Biska, Bluestreak Blonde Moment is now in the USA with Kristen Fredericks & Karen Lee, owners of the Mariner's and Surrey Hill's whippets.
I am very proud that she is co-owned by myself, Karen & Kristen.
Right : From the sublime to the ridiculous, click
the pictures for more joy or humiliation!