The

International Longhaired Whippet Club

(ILWC)

 

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

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Title Programs:

Conformation Championship and Grand Championship Guidelines

These Guidelines explain the procedure for a dog to become a Champion and a Grand Champion, in the International Longhaired Whippet Club (ILWC).  If the dog is a Longhaired Whippet, either intact or altered, or if the dog is a Smooth Whippet of Longhaired Whippet Descent, or a Percentage Longhaired Whippet, then it is eligible to obtain an ILWC Championship and a Grand Championship, if said dog has been registered with ILWC. 

Regular conformation Championships and Grand Championships are offered for intact Longhaired Whippets, and intact Smooth Whippets of Longhaired Descent.

Non-Regular Championships and Grand Championship are offered for altered Longhaired Whippets;  altered Smooth Whippets of Longhaired Descent;  and % Longhaired Whippets, both intact and altered.

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There are two types of conformation championships offered by ILWC.  The first is a Junior Championship (JCh), for dogs under the age of one year.  The second is an Adult Championship (ACh), for dogs one year of age or older. 

Championships are based on the quality of the individual dog itself, whether or not there is any other breed competition present in a given class, group or show.  The dog must be awarded four (4) Championship Certificates (CC) with a "Superior" rating – Championship Certificate Superior (CCS), under four (4) different judges to obtain its ILWC championship.  The dog may also be evaluated by ILWC approved evaluators in a non-show setting, and must still attain 4 CCS from 4 different evaluators.

 If the dog receives a CCS when it is under a year of age, that CCS will be recorded as a Junior Championship Certificate Superior (JCCS) by ILWC.  If the dog receives a CCS when it is a year of age or older, that CCS will be recorded as an Adult Championship Certificate Superior (ACCS) by ILWC.  Only a CC with the Superior rating will be recorded by ILWC.  

If a dog accumulates four (4) JCCS, under four (4) different judges or evaluators, it will be awarded a JCh.  The Junior Championship will count as one ACCS, to be applied toward an Adult Championship, in which case only three (3)  more ACCS must be obtained to complete the Adult Championship Title.  If a dog accumulates less than four (4) JCCS, they will not count toward the Adult Championship Title.

The awarding of a CCS is determined through a numeric evaluation using a preprinted Championship Certificate (CC) form, which is supplied by ILWC.  This is an evaluation form and is divided up into sections based on typical breed standards, i.e.:  head, neck, shoulders, back, movement, etc.  Blank CC forms may be obtained from ILWC (contact information below) by either the club sponsoring the show, or by an exhibitor, who should send a self-addressed, stamped envelop to ILWC, at the time they request approval for sanctioning of a particular show that is not specifically ILWC sponsored.  Sanctioning for a non-ILWC show can be obtained by contacting ILWC at least three weeks in advance of the show date, to allow for enough time for ILWC to mail CC forms to the exhibitor, or to the show-giving club.  Blank CC forms may be photo-copied.

It is not the judge's, or the evaluator's, responsibility to have blank CC forms available.  At a show, the judge is to be given the CC form, which has the dog's information on the front page already filled out by the ring steward before the exhibitor comes into the ring.  For nonILWC shows, it is the exhibitor's responsibility to make sure the judge understands the use of the CC forms, and has a Standard for the breed the exhibitor is showing.  The exhibitor should always bring a copy, or two, of the breed Standard along with him/her to all rare breed shows. 

The CC is completed for each dog by the individual judge or evaluator.  When a dog is entered in an ILWC sponsored, sanctioned or approved show, the judge will do an evaluation of the dog on a copy of the CC.  The evaluation sections of the CC are to be filled out by the judge, or the evaluator, based on his/her opinion of how well the dog fulfills the Breed ideal, as set forth in a particular Breed's Standard.  The CC is laid out in a Point Rating box format, with a space for an additional written evaluation, where the judge or evaluator may add additional comets, if he/she so desires.  The additional written evaluation may be as  brief or as lengthy as the judge or evaluator desires.  If the breed has a Point Scale in its Breed Standard, that may be used by the judge or evaluator as an aid in filling out the Championship Certificate form. 

At the bottom of the CC there are three (3) Final Ratings – Superior, Average, and Fair.  Referring to the CC Point Rating section, the judge, or evaluator, then adds up the Total Points to determine which Final Rating is to be circled.  The judge, or evaluator, will then circle the appropriate Final Rating based on the Total Points.  Only CC forms with the rating of Superior (CCS) will be applicable toward an ILWC Championship Title.  For a show, at the end of the class, after the judging is completed, the Show Secretary, or the Exhibitor, fills out the name of the exhibitor and the dog's name on the CC form, and gives the CC form to the dog's owner.  When the dog is evaluated in a non-show setting, the Exhibitor fills out the dog's name on the CC form, after the dog is evaluated by the ILWC approved evaluator.  It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to retain the completed CC forms.  

When the exhibitor has accumulated four (4) officially completed CCS, from four (4) different judges or evaluators, he/she will submit them to ILWC, via the postal mail, along with $4.00 for postage and handling, which will then award the appropriate Championship Title, either a JCh or an ACh, based on the dog's age at the time of being awarded the CCS.  The Championship Title, and the CCS, will be mailed to the exhibitor in as timely a manner as is possible.

Grand Championship Guidelines

For a dog to be eligible to compete in an ILWC Grand Championship (GC) class, a dog must first obtain it's Adult Championship (ACh).  Dogs less than one year of age are not eligible to compete for the Grand Championship title.  Grand Championships may only be obtained at ILWC sponsored events (see below).

In order for a dog to attain it's Grand Championship, it must obtain 18 points, and three (3) first placements in the Grand Championship class, with competition, under a minimum of three different judges.   There will be separate classes for Grand Champion Dog (male), and Grand Champion Bitch (female).

Points:  The 18 points will be obtained by defeating other dogs entered in the Grand Championship class, with one dog counting for one point.  However, the dog itself cannot be counted for a point.  All dogs in competition will receive points for the dogs that they defeat, except for the last place dog.  The last place dog receives no points because it did not defeat any other dogs.

Placements:  The three (3) first placements must be received under three different judges, and must be in classes with competition.  

For example, if there are two male dogs in the Grand Champion Dog class, the winning dog would obtain one point, and one of it's required firsts.  The second place dog would receive nothing toward it's GC.

If there are three male dogs in a Grand Champion Dog class, then the winning dog would obtain two points, and one of it's required firsts.  The second place dog would receive one point, and the third place dog would receive nothing toward it's GC.  The same would hold true for females.

Best of Breed:  The Best of Breed class consists of the Winner's Dog, Winner's Bitch, the first place winner of the Grand Champion Dog class, the first place winner of the Grand Champion Bitch class, and dogs and bitches that have already completed their Grand Championships.  This is when the Best of Breed, Best of Opposite Sex, and Best of Winners awards are selected.

At some shows, there may be no competition in the individual sex Grand Champion class, but if a dog or bitch from the Grand Champion classes wins the Best of Breed, with competition, then it may count, up to a maximum of 5 points (based on one point per dog), the other dogs that it defeated in the Best of Breed class.  That win, and those five points, may also be counted as one of the 3 required firsts toward the Grand Championship title.  All three of the required firsts may be obtained in this manner, as long as these wins are under three different judges.  The same applies for nonILWC shows that are sanctioned by ILWC, if the dog wins Group or Best in Show.  A win at either of those levels will count for 5 points, maximum, and one of the required firsts, as long as there are at least 5 other dogs in competition that are defeated.

Grand Championship Records:  Each exhibitor will receive from the judge, at the end of the Grand Champion class, after the judging is completed, a Grand Championship Recording Form.  It will show the exhibitor's armband number, the dog's placement, the dog's sex, and the total number of dogs in competition in the Grand Champion Class.  It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to retain the completed GC forms. 

If the dog from a Grand Championship class with no competition goes on to win Best of Breed, with competition, it is the exhibitor's responsibility to have the judge sign, on the GC Recording Form, that the dog won Best of Breed with competition, and the judge will also list how many dogs were in competition in the Best of Breed Class.

When the exhibitor has accumulated enough officially completed GC Recording Forms, totaling the three required firsts from at least three (3) different judges, and 18 points,  then the exhibitor will submit the completed GC Recording Forms to ILWC, via certified mail, along with $4.00 for postage and handling.  ILWC will then award the appropriate Grand Championship Title.  The Grand Championship Title, and the GC Recording Forms, will be mailed to the exhibitor in as timely a manner as is possible.

Other Dog Show Organizations:  The Championship Certificates may be filled out by judges at shows that are either ILWC sponsored (put on by ILWC), or ILWC sanctioned (put on by another organization, but ILWC approved).  If a show is being put on by another organization, other than ILWC, the exhibitor needs to contact ILWC, prior to the show, to request sanctioning for that show, and also to request blank CC forms.  

Blank CC forms may be obtained from ILWC (contact information below) by either the club sponsoring the show, or by the exhibitor, who should send either an email, or a self-addressed, stamped envelop to ILWC, at the time they request approval for sanctioning of a particular show that is not specifically ILWC sponsored.  Sanctioning for a non-ILWC show can be obtained by contacting ILWC at least three weeks in advance of the show date, to allow for enough time for ILWC to mail CC forms to the exhibitor, or to the show-giving club;  or by email one week before the show, so that the CC form can be transmitted electronically to the other club, or to the exhibitor.  Blank CC forms may be photo-copied.

Grand Championship points may be obtained at an ILWC sponsored or sanctioned event, in the manner described above.  

Versatility Title:  Shall be awarded to any dog that achieves an ILWC Conformation Championship, an ILWC Novice Coursing Title, and any one other Performance event title - Obedience (Novice level or above), Agility, or Tracking. The three titles do not have to be earned at the same trial.  Obedience, Agility, or Tracking Title may be earned at events sanctioned by ILWC or other organizations (i.e. AKC, UKC, NADAC, USDAA, CPE, AMBOR, etc.)

Versatility Excellent Title:  Shall be awarded to any dog that achieves an ILWC Conformation Grand Championship, an ILWC Open Coursing Title, and any one other Performance event title - Obedience (Open level or above), Agility (AKC or NADAC Open, USDAA Advanced, or CPE Level III or above), or Tracking (TDX or above).The three titles do not have to be earned at the same trial. Obedience, Agility, or Tracking Title may be earned at events sanctioned by ILWC or other organizations (i.e. AKC, UKC, NADAC, USDAA, CPE, AMBOR, etc.)

 

REGULAR CONFORMATION CLASSES

The following classes for:

  •  Longhaired Whippets will be provided for both intact dogs and intact bitches

 

  •       Smooth Whippets of Longhaired Whippet descent for both intact dogs and intact bitches

 

Puppy 4 months to under 6 months

Puppy 6 months to under 9 months

Puppy 9 months to under 12 months

Winners Puppy

Best Puppy

12 months to under 18 months

Bred by Exhibitor

Open

Veterans (Dogs 7 years and older)

Winners

Best of Breed

 

NON-REGULAR CONFORMATION CLASSES 

Classes will be provided for:

·        Altered Longhaired Whippets 

·        Altered Smooth Whippets of Longhaired Whippet descent

·        % Longhaired Whippets (50%, 75%, and 88%) (altered or intact)

The following classes will be provided for both dogs and bitches in Non-Regular Conformation:

Puppy 4 months to under 6 months

Puppy 6 months to under 9 months

Puppy 9 months to under 12 months

Winners Puppy

Best Puppy

12 months to under 18 months

Bred by Exhibitor

Open

Veterans (Dogs 7 years and older)

Winners

Best of Breed

 

JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP COMPETITION

The Junior Showmanship competition will be divided into the following classes:

Pre-Junior – Ages 6 to 10 years

Junior – Ages 10 to 14 years

Senior – Ages 14 to 18 years

Junior handlers may show a Longhaired Whippet; a smooth Whippet of Longhaired Whippet descent;  or a % Longhaired Whippet (50%, 75%, and 88%).   These dogs may be intact or altered.

 

Obedience:

Obedience competition is open to any Longhaired Whippets;  smooth Whippets of Longhaired Whippet descent;  and % Longhaired Whippets (50%, 75%, and 88%).

These dogs may be intact or altered.

The following classes will be provided for Obedience:

Pre-Novice Class

Novice

Open

Utility

There will be NO separation into A/B classes.  Titles will be offered for all levels, including Pre-Novice.  Titles MAY be earned ‘out of order'.  Three (3) qualifying scores are required for a title.  UKC and/or AKC qualifying legs may be counted for two of the legs toward ILWC titles of the same level; however, at least one qualifying score MUST be obtained in an ILWC event.  For the Pre-Novice title, two Novice legs from another organization may be counted, while the third leg must be obtained in the  Pre-Novice class at an ILWC event.  You may choose whether to be judged under AKC or UKC rules. (All dogs in the same class will compete against each other, regardless of which sets of rules you chose.)  You may enter as many classes as you like, regardless of whether or not titles are held at any level with another organization. (i.e. You may enter Novice and/or Open and/or Utility, whether or not your dog already holds any titles with any other organization.)

You may enter any class F.E.O. (for exhibition only – no ribbons or placements).  Once a dog obtains a title in a level, then it may only enter that level F.E.O.  “Training” in the ring WILL be permitted for dogs competing FEO: clickers, treats, toys allowed, but NO harsh corrections will be permitted! (Please be very careful to not drop any food on the ground which could distract another participant.)

Jump heights shall be the height of the dog at the withers, to the nearest 2". Dogs entered FEO may jump any height requested.   Placement ribbons and qualifying ribbons will be offered. You do NOT need to have a qualifying score to be eligible for a placement ribbon!  A rosette and prize will be offered for High In Trial (Novice, Open, Utility scores count toward High in Trial - Pre-Novice does not.)   There will also be prizes for the first place winner of each class.

 

Agility:

 

Agility Trial Rules

Agility competition is open to any Longhaired Whippets;  Smooth Whippets of Longhaired Whippet descent;  and % Longhaired Whippets (50%, 75%, and 88%).   These dogs may be intact or altered.

The following classes will be provided for Agility:

Level 1

Level 2

Full House 

Jumpers

CPE rules will be utilized, except that there will be separate classes for Puppies, (age 6 months to 15 months), and Veteran Dogs (age 7 & over), who will have lower jump heights and will have 5 seconds extra to complete the course.

Level 1and Level 2 titles will be offered, regardless of titles that dogs may have in other organizations.  If a dog has any title in another organization, that may be counted as one leg toward the ILWC Level 1 title, and the other leg must be obtained at an ILWC event.

You may enter any class F.E.O. (for exhibition only – no ribbons or placements).  Once a dog obtains a title in a level, then it may only enter that level F.E.O

“Training” in the ring WILL be permitted for dogs competing FEO: clickers, treats, toys allowed, but NO harsh corrections will be permitted! (Please be very careful to not drop any food on the ground which could distract another participant.)

You do NOT need to have a qualifying score to be eligible for a placement ribbon! 

 

Lure Coursing:

Dogs with two qualifying Pass runs will receive a Novice Coursing (NC) title.  For the Novice Coursing title, each dog will run alone.  For a dog to Pass, it must show ‘instinct’ and enthusiastically chase the lure around the entire course without stopping or losing interest in the lure.   When a dog receives a Pass, it will also receive a Qualifying Ribbon.

The Open Coursing title will also be awarded, to dogs who have already attained the Novice Coursing title, and who then complete two Passing runs, in the company of one or two other dogs.  The dog must eagerly follow the lure, and not interfere with the other dogs, in order to receive a Pass rating.

Upper level coursing title programs will be developed, as the need arises.  

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For more information regarding the:

International Longhaired Whippet Club

 

Contact:

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

Email:  longhairwhippet@pa.net

 

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