Dog breeds: Italian Greyhound

Dog breeds: Italian Greyhound

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Italy.
F.C.I classification: Group 10 - greyhounds.

The origins of the Italian Greyhound are very distant over the centuries. It descends from the greyhounds of ancient Egypt, who lived in the Pharaonic courts. It arrived in our peninsula in the fifth century BC. after crossing the Laconia in Greece, where it appears depicted in countless vases and crockery. In this period it was used for hunting rabbits and hares, given its known speed in running. He was the favorite dog of the Roman Patricians and of many noble houses. In the Renaissance it was considered the luxury dog ​​and it is also for this reason that its diffusion is somewhat limited.

General aspect

Small-sized dog, dolomomorphic, very intelligent, affectionate and with a singular vivacity of gait. Its trunk lies in the square. Some call it a model of grace and distinction. The aerodynamic dog is also called.


Dog known for his speed and temperament. Over short distances it can reach speeds of 60 km / h. Visibly, at a glance, it looks like a very fragile breed, due to its light bone and construction; but its fragility is only apparent because it has no problems neither physically speaking, nor if we speak of character. In fact, he shows dignity and thoughtful behavior. He has an innate will to become attached to a particular person, who will never be abandoned by his attentions. He proves very shy with strangers and other animals. One of its peculiarities is the wearing of the tail often under the legs, but this should not be considered as a sign of submission or fear. Its gait is harmonious and elastic.
Special feature: there are two very similar breeds, although they are larger in size: the Greyhound and the Sloughi.

Italian Greyhound (photo of the Italian Greyhound Club)

Italian Greyhound puppy (photo of the Italian Greyhound Club)

Italian Greyhound (photo


Height: from 32 cm to 38 cm
Weight: maximum 5 kg for both males and females.

Trunk: of equal length at the withers.
Head and muzzle: dolichocephalic head, about 40% long at the withers. Flat skull with parallel cranio-facial axes. Pointed muzzle with thin lips.
Truffle: dark pigmentation, preferably black.
Teeth: regularly aligned and complete in number; scissor closure.
Neck: with slightly arched upper profile and length equal to the total head length.
Skin: well-fitting in all parts of the body. Thin.
Limbs: both hindquarters and forelegs must be perpendicularly light but always well proportioned.
Shoulder: with well-developed but slightly oblique muscles.
Musculature: dry throughout the body.
Upper line: straight with arched back-lumbar region.
Tail: inserted at the bottom. It is carried low and gradually curves.
Proportions: head length equal to 40% of the height at the withers; height at the withers equal to the length of the trunk.
Hair: of equal length throughout the body; always smooth and satin.
Allowed colors: black, gray, slate, isabella.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, converging or diverging cranio-facial axes, non-standard measures, concave or convex nasal bridge, anurism, spurs, monorchidism, cryptorchidism.

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