Original Name : Piccolo Levriero Italiano
Type : Graioid
Male size : 12½-15 inches
Male weight : No more than 11 lbs
Female size : 12½-15 inches
Female weight : No more than 11 lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Italy
Italian Greyhounds are square-shaped dogs with forms reminiscent of a Greyhound or a Sloughi only reduced. These smallest of the sighthounds are docile and affectionate if a little reserved. They are certainly full of grace and distinction, qualities that have been winning more and more people over this past decade or so.
Elongated, narrow, length up to 2/5 the height at the withers.
Straight topline, arched around the loins, sloping harmoniously in to the croup.
Self-colored black, gray, slate gray or yellow (Isabella in Italian) in all shades.
Set very high, small, with fine cartilage, folded on to themselves and carried well back on the nape and upper part of the neck.
Set low, fine also at the base, gradually tapering to the tip.
Smooth, fine on the body without any fringing whatsoever.
Italian Greyhounds are descended from small sighthounds kept at the court of the Pharaohs back in ancient Egypt. They were also popular in the Spartan state, centered on Laconia, where numerous depictions have been found on Greek vases and craters. They first arrived in Italy in the 5th century BC, and in the Renaissance these dogs enjoyed life among the nobility. Some of the greatest painters of Italy and elsewhere have portrayed the breed in their work.
Although almost exclusively a companion dog, Italian Greyhounds are true greyhounds, which can be easily seen when they get moving. Their gait is springy and harmonious without high stepping, galloping swiftly with a sharp spring.