Other Names: Piccolo Levrieve Italiani
Type: Sighthound and Pariah
Height: 13 – 15 inches. Weight: 8 lbs.
Colors: Short, fine and glossy. Coat: Solid black, blue, cream, fawn, red or white or any of these colors with broken white.
Temperament: Quiet, affectionate With Children: Yes, if children are mature. With Pets: Good with other dogs, sometimes cats. Special Skills: Hunting dog and family pet.
Watch-dog: High Guard-dog: Low
Care and Training: Italian Greyhounds are easy to groom. They require a rub down with a soft cloth or chemise. Bathe only when necessary, but take care that they are thoroughly dry and warm afterwards. Free play and regular walks will keep an Italian Greyhound in shape. Learning Rate: High, Obedience – High, Problem Solving – Low
Activity: Indoors – High, Outdoors – Very High Living Environment: Indoors, city or country, apartment or house, needs daily exercise and attention. The owner of an Italian Greyhound should be an active, patient leader who desires a high-energy , busy, affectionate toy dog.
Health Issues: Prone to broken legs, slipped kneecaps, and hereditary eye problems.
Life Span: 14 – 16 years Litter Size: 3 – 5
Country of Origin: Italy History: The Italian Greyhound was one of the first breeds in ancient antiquity to be bred exclusively as a companion. The breed is also the smallest of the sight hounds. Italian Greyhounds were popular pets of the Egyptians, Greeks and Roman aristocrats. Whatever their original purpose they have been bred for the past few centuries as purely a pet.
First Registered by the AKC: 1886 AKC Group: Toy Class: Toy Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 10), KC (GB), UKC