Breed Information Centre

Italian Greyhound

Description

Illustration of Italian Greyhound

Here is a miniaturised sight hound which dates back to ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire. Dogs of Italian Greyhound type can be seen on tombs from these periods. The Italian Greyhound is fine boned and dainty but carries the elegant curving outline of the hound which played a part in its ancestry. The Italian Greyhound with its fine coat texture and elegant high stepping action has the exquisite quality of Dresden china.

Breed Group
Toy
Vulnerable Native Breed
No
Size
Small
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
Short
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
No
Town or Country
Either
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Small/Medium
Lifespan
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Toy Breed Group

The Toy breeds are small companion or lap dogs. Many of the Toy breeds were bred for this capacity although some have been placed into this category simply due to their size. They should have friendly personalities and love attention. They do not need a large amount of exercise and some can be finicky eaters.


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