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Italian Greyhounds are small, slender, elegant
and graceful. They're extremely affectionate
thus making them excellent companion dogs.
Italian Greyhounds have a very old lineage
dating back more than 2000 years ago to the
areas we know today as Greece and Turkey.
Depictions of Italian Greyhounds found on
many ancient artifacts and archaeological
discoveries of their skeletons confirms their
existence during this time. Some claim Italian
Greyhounds were used to hunt small game, others
claim they were simply used as family pets.
During the sixteenth century, the breed was
so popular in Italy that they became known
as "Italian Greyhounds". They were
also quite popular in Southern Europe at this
time. By the seventeenth century, Italian
Greyhounds arrived in England - also becoming
a favorite there as well.
Italian Greyhounds were first registered with
the American Kennel Club in 1886 and The Italian
Greyhound Club of American was founded in
The height of an Italian Greyhound is 12-15
inches (30-38 cm).
Weight: The weight of an Italian Greyhound
is 6-10 pounds (3-5 kg)
Coat Type: The Italian Greyhound's
coat is short, fine, glossy and soft all over
the body. The coat does not add any protection
against the elements, therefore Italian Greyhounds
do not like the cold nor do they like swimming.
Grooming of the coat is minimal - an occasional
bath or wipe down with a damp cloth is all
that's necessary. The Italian Greyhound's
coat is odorless.
AKC standard: "Any color and markings
are acceptable except that a dog with brindle
markings and a dog with the tan markings normally
found on black-and-tan dogs of other breeds
must be disqualified."
Temperament: Italian Greyhounds are
docile and very affectionate. They make a
great companion dog, love attention and do
well with behaved children. Because of their
small size, rough play should be avoided since
injury could result. Italian Greyhounds are
intelligent and training is generally easy,
however, it should be done in a firm, yet
gentle and consistent manner. House training
can be challenging. These dogs must always
recognize his owner as his pack leader, otherwise
there may be behavioral problems. Italian
Greyhounds are eager to please and thrive
on attention. They are alert, usually aloof
with strangers and will bark at them and at
unfamiliar sounds - making them an acceptable
watch dog. Italian Greyhounds are incredibly
fast, agile and athletic. When it comes to
exercise, daily walks as well as free play
are essential. It's important to note that
due to their coat which does not add any protection
against the elements, Italian Greyhounds are
not outdoor dogs. They do not like the cold
and they will cuddle up to to you or under
blankets even on the warmest of days. In addition,
they do not like getting their feet wet at
Health Problems: Italian Greyhounds
are generally healthy. The biggest health
concern involves their teeth and gums. It
is imperative for proper and preventive care
to help avoid this issue, otherwise, the likelihood
of developing periodontal disease is extremely
great - even at a young age. Other health
concerns include: fractures, hypothyroidism,
idiopathic epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy
(PRA), luxating patellas and Legg-Perthe's
disease (LPD). Life expectancy of a Italian
Greyhound is between 12-15 years.
•Italian Greyhounds can easily
walk upright on their hind legs & they
are capable of jumping very high.
•Italian Greyhounds are the
smallest of the family of gazehounds (sight
•An Italian Greyhound was
first registered with the American Kennel
Club in 1886.
•The Italian Greyhound Club
of American was founded in 1954.
Italian Greyhound's coat is odorless.
•Italian Greyhounds are often called
Iggy, Iggies or IGs.
have been portrayed in paintings by Velázquez,
Pisanello and Giotto.
AKC: Toy Group
ANKC: Group 1 - Toys
CKC: Group 5 - Toys
FCI: Group 10 - Section 3: Short-haired Sight
UKC: Companion Breeds