Known to have originated in the now Greece and Turkey, the Italian Greyhound has a history that dates back to more than 4000 years ago. Besides, in Egypt, mummified Italian Greyhounds have been found. The smallest of the gaze hounds, the Italian Greyhounds were not just companion dogs but were also used for hunting purposes. In the Middle Ages, the breed spread to Southern Europe and soon became of favorite with Italians; hence the name.
A tucked stomach, deep chest, long legs and neck–these are some of the characteristics of the Italian Greyhound. A long and pointed face; dark nose; scissor bite teeth; dark, bright eyes; curved back drooping at the hindquarters; slender, tapering, low set tail that is carried low; short, soft coat in any color, are some of the other features of the Italian Greyhound.
Solid Gray, Slate Gray, Cream, Red, Fawn, Black, Blue, Speckled, White Markings, Flecked
The Italian Greyhound is a quiet, timid and loving dog that adores its master. The breed is great with kids, but can get injured during rough handling. This intelligent, playful dog can be trained easily. However, it needs consistent and gentle training or it may get too submissive and nervous. The Italian Greyhound can pretty naughty at times, and are aware of this side of theirs. The dog needs a quiet household and may require constant reassurance in the form on petting if the situation is otherwise. They are good with cats, and get along well with dogs of similar size too.
While the Italian Greyhound looks really delicate, it is hardier than what it appears. The health concerns observed in this breed are epilepsy, slipped stifle, fractures, eye problems, poor oral health, etc.
CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR