12.5 - 15 inches
Short, fine, glossy and smooth
Solid black, blue, cream, fawn, red or white
Indoors - Low, Outdoors - High
Quiet, affectionate and calm
5.5 - 15 pounds
Italian Greyhounds are the smallest of the sighthounds. They are identical to the
Greyhound, except for being much smaller and more slender in all proportions. They
are lively and full of good spirits and want to please. They crave affection and return it
gladly. Italian Greyhounds will adapt well to indoor living, and in fact do better there.
Italian Greyhounds are quiet, affectionate and calm. They are good indoor dogs, loving
to snuggle up next to you or in their bed. They are intelligent, trainable, but stubborn at
times. They get along well with other pets usually, and get along with older children who
will not hurt them.
Thought to have descended from a breed over 2000 years old, the Italian Greyhound
has been found throughout southern Europe during the Middle Ages. The Italian
Greyhound was one of the first breeds in ancient antiquity to be bred exclusively as a
companion. It is thought that the breed may have been used for hunting small prey, but
most evidence suggests a companionship as the main goal. Whatever their original
purpose, they have been bred for the past few centuries as purely a pet.
There has been evidence such as paintings
and drawings found in the tombs of Egypt
and in Roman art depicting these tiny dogs.