Italian Greyhound Information
The Italian Greyhound has the same grace and speed as the Greyhound, just in a smaller package. Much smaller – the breed is barely a foot tall with a very slender build. Experts debate whether the Italian was bred for hunting small animals or simply for providing companionship. We may never know since the breed’s history dates back more than 2,000 years.
As a pet, the Italian Greyhound is playful and highly affectionate with a sensitive nature. His satin fur can vary in color, from white to black and nearly every color in between, and requires very little maintenance.
Italian Greyhound History
The Italian Greyhound is thought to be from over 2000 years ago in what is now Greece & Turkey. There have been discoveries of ancient art displaying small greyhounds as well as uncovered skeletons of the breed.
The breed became one of the favorites in Renaissance Italy. They were found in Pompeii and depicted in Emperor Nero’s court. Similar breeds have also been found in mummified remains in Egypt.
Italian Greyhound Training & Temperament
These dogs are smart & sensitive and can also be stubborn. They can be a little tougher to train, but respond well to praise & treats. They enjoy the company of people and make a good companion dog, but may be aloof when it comes to strangers. They are somewhat fragile and need to be careful when playing.
Italian Greyhound Exercise
Italian Greyhounds need to burn off energy with regular exercise. This can be done with some backyard playtime or a walk. Be careful of bringing this tiny pup to a dog park unless there is an area for small dogs, as they are fragile.
Italian Greyhound Grooming
This breed requires low maintenance, including the rare bath when dirty. They can be brushed gently. It’s important to look after & brush their teeth and have their nails trimmed.
Italian Greyhound Health
These dogs are generally healthy. Take care of them when playing with children or other dogs. They can have issues with leg breaks (typically under the age of 2) if playing too rough. They also can be prone to periodontal disease which can be prevented by taking good care of their teeth.