International Longhaired Whippet Club



"Promoting and supporting ALL Longhaired Whippets and their owners."


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The Need for an Active Registry

The founder of modern Longhaired Whippets told me, many years ago, that I should start a registry.  After a number of years of dragging my feet, I finally did, as an outgrowth of the club, out of necessity, because the breed needed an active registry that would keep records on the Longhaired Whippet as a breed, for ALL Longhaired Whippet owners, and that would supply pedigrees to help people make informed breeding decisions for their dogs.  This was not being done, previously.  

A number of folks, from both North America and Europe, have supplied additional pedigree information to ILWC, to add to the volume of pedigree info that ILWC already had, to be able to supply the most complete pedigrees as possible.  ILWC thanks them for their assistance.  Their help is greatly appreciated.   



The ILWC Registry system keeps track of several gene pools:


  •     The "pure" gene pool, which only has Longhaired Whippets (LHW), with either LHW or smooth Whippets behind them in their pedigree.  


  •   The Smooth/longhair recessives, which are listed as Smooth Whippets of Longhaired Whippet descent.  


  •     The Percentage LHW gene pool, for dogs that have varying amounts of LHW in them, plus some other breed/s, other than Whippet. 

They each use different letters in their registration numbers, to designate what group they fall into.  As soon as you look at the registration number, you can tell whether the dog is of "pure" descent, or not.  This numbering system, and the accompanying pedigrees, identifies *that* outcrosses were used, and records *which* outcrosses were used, if such are known.  More below.



Percentage Registry

The idea for a percentage registry was based on percentage registries in other species.  There was a need to keep track of crossbred dogs, and to try to encourage people to get past the nonscientific perception of such dogs, hopefully getting them to see past the closed registry mentality and use of such antiquated terms as "mutt".

The Percentage Registry requires that such dogs' owners must submit accompanying documentation, like parents, and pedigrees (if known), and pictures, or have a personal inspection by a registry official (which is, obviously, preferable), before being accepted for registration.  

*If* one is striving to breed the dogs toward a phenotypic (appearance) Standard - then the dogs that are being bred on should exhibit those phenotypic traits, or be moving toward those traits, as in the case of foundation stock in a developing breed.  Dogs that do not exhibit such desired traits will be denied registration. 



Some Questions about the Percentage Registry


> If *any* type of dog mixed with a LHW is allowed in the LHW gene pool, what will be our selection criteria for breedable stock?  <

Two questions here.  First, the mixed dogs (% LHW) are in their own gene pool, and are identified as such in their numbering system (more below).  However, if the % LHW are bred back to "pure" LHW, then the % of LHW genetics in the resulting puppies goes up, obviously.

Second, when the Percentage LHW classes have been judged at the National LHW Specialties (which we have put on annually, since the year 2001), the criteria is, how much does the dog look, and move, like a LHW.   But, the percentage dogs never compete against the "pure" LHW, the way the conformation shows are set up now.  The percentage dogs do compete with the others in agility, obedience, and lure coursing, however.

Actually, the only ones ever classified as "purebred", are the ones with only LHW or smooth Whippet in their background.  The ones who have reached the 4th generation of being bred back to only LHW, are called 100% LHW, to distinguish them from "purebred" LHW, who have no percentage dogs behind them.  The offspring of these 4th generation dogs will always carry different letters in their registration numbers, no matter how many generations removed they may be.  Therefore, such dogs are always identifiable, should a breeder want to avoid, or seek out, such dogs.  See below.

The ILWC Registry also allows for Initial Registration, which is explained below.  Initial Registration is based on the FCI Initial Registration, that is practiced in some European countries.  Initial Registration dogs must look like a LHW, and conform to the ILWC LHW standard, and are inspected by an authorized ILWC representative.  If Initial Registration dogs are bred to a pure LHW, their puppies are then registered at the 50% level.  This is why this is called a "semi-open" registry, rather than an "open" registry.

If anyone has questions about the above, please ask.  The Board of ILWC realizes that the whole concept of crossbreeding and percentage registries is quite different for dogdom, but it's something that has been done in horses, and goats, and other animal species, and done quite successfully, for a long time.  The LHW gene pool won't be affected directly, itself, and since the % dogs will be kept track of, as long as their breeders register such dogs, then whoever is interested can see at a glance, by the registration number, whether it's a dog that they want to use, or not.

The Percentage Registry that ILWC has is a system for tracking crossbred dogs, if a breeder decides to make such crosses.  Not an advocation, just a system for keeping track.  Like with the Arabian horse percentage registry.  Some Arabian owners would never even consider such a thing.  Other horse owners do.  And, the Percentage Registry has provided a system to maintain some order to the situation.

As one of our ILWC Board members wrote:

>" This encourages people to be honest about the breeding history of their dogs. Any buyer can then choose to purchase a "pure" LHW if they want, or they can buy one that has a recorded history of one of these outcrosses.  The pedigree will let any buyer know what they are getting. "<



ILWC Registration Numbering System

Below, the ILWC registration numbering system is explained, using some real dogs, and their numbers.

For LHW, we will use Claybrook Xenomar, a black male bred by Claybrook, who is pictured on this site.

His number is:  LHW061A01MAH0102

To break it all down - the first three letters, "LHW", stand for, obviously, Longhaired Whippet.  More on the other letter combinations, below.

Next, the three numbers - "061" - indicate that he was the 61st LHW registered, at the time he was recorded in the stud book.

The next letter - "A", means that he is "pure" LHW, as explained above.  More on the letters used in this location, below.

The next two numbers - "01" - the year he was entered into the stud book.

The next three letters - "MAH" - the letter code for the breeder.  Each breeder has their own three letter code.

The next two numbers - "01" - background breed, the breed that is mostly behind the dog.  Each breed type has their own number code, with 01 being LHW.  More on the number codes, below.

The last two numbers - "02" - the secondary background breed behind the dog.  02 is for shorthaired Whippet.


Now, let's look at a Smooth of Longhaired Whippet Descent dog.  We will look at Claybrook Friona, a smooth female out of a LHW x an AKC Whippet.  Her number is:


The first three letters - "SHW" - Shorthaired Whippet.

All the other numbers and letters have been described above, but note that the last two background dog codes are switched, because this is a smooth dog.


Next, a percentage dog.  We will use one of our Schnauzer/LHW crosses, Black Berry, aka:  "BB".  Her number is: 


The first three letters - "AGF" - Appalachian Greyhound Foundation.  Not an App Grey, but foundation stock working toward that.  However, since she is 50% LHW, she could also have been listed as PLH.  But, that is not the goal for her, so she is not listed that way.

The next thing that is different, code-wise, is the letter "F" - which stands for Foundation stock.  

The last two numbers, "06" - the code for Schnauzer.


Now, some of the codes for the first three letters, several of which we have already looked at:

LHW = Longhaired Whippet

SHW = Shorthaired Whippet

AGW = Appalachian Greyhound, Wirehaired  

AGF = Appalachian Greyhound Foundation 


Next, the different letters used for the % code, which follows the first three numbers, which indicate the % status.

A = All.  "Purebred."  Never any % dogs in the background.

B = "100%".  Has % dogs at least 4, or *more*, generations in it's background.  A dog with a % dog in it's background, no matter how far back, can never get beyond this letter.  It can never get an "A" designation.  Only "pure" LHW will ever have an "A" designation. 

C = 88%, which is 7/8th, of target breed.  3rd generation away.

D = 75%, which is 3/4th, of target breed.  2nd generation away.

E = 50%, which is 1/2.  First cross dog.

R = Initial Registration.  Dog about which nothing is known, but may be claimed to be a LHW, and which must be visually inspected by an ILWC representative, to be accepted for registration.  The offspring of a dog like this, if bred back to the target breed, would be given the E designation, and would have to work up the letter scale.

F = Foundation Stock.  While these dogs are actually crosses, as are the "E" dogs, their cross is not *of* the breed in development.  Since the breed in development has not been attained yet, they are not a % of that breed yet.  It is a little confusing, but if you think about, it makes sense.



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International Longhaired Whippet Club



5730 Olde Scotland Road,  Shippensburg,  PA  17257   Telephone:  717-263-0932   




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