The smallest of the sighthound breeds, the Italian greyhound is believed to have originated over 2,000 years ago in the Mediterranean basin countries now known as Greece and Turkey. Evidence of its origin lies in the depiction of miniature Greyhounds in the early decorative arts of this region, and in the archaeological recoveries of small greyhound skeletons.
The Italian Greyhound is truly a greyhound in miniature, with supreme elegance and grace. Italian greyhounds are sweet, gentle, affable dogs that can be needy in their desire for affection.
Grooming and Physical Needs
- Grooming Needs: Needs very little coat care as they have such a short coat. A rub down with a cloth will enhance the sheen of the coat.
- Coat Type: Short smooth.
- Moulting: Little.
- Exercise Needs: Although a very small dog, this is still a sighthound and it does love to run. It is best to let the Italian Greyhound run in a confined space though as it can run off in pursuit of prey.
- Average Life Span: 13 to 15 years.
- Family: Can do well with children, but because they're small and delicate, it's especially important to teach kids that the dog is living animal, not a toy, who must be treated with love and respect.
- Temperament: Sensitive, alert, smart, and playful. He's affectionate with his family. Strangers may see a shyer, reserved side of his personality.
- Trainability: Can be difficult to housetrain and, due to their hound instincts, can be difficult to train to recall. Early socialisation is essential to overcome potential shyness and the problems that can thus develop.
- Sociability (Other Pets): They typically get along with cats and other dogs of similar size.
- Barking: Low-medium tendency.
A loveable dog that loves to snuggle, partly out of affection and partly due to its need to keep warm! It tends to be friendly and can be very showy in the ring.
Prone to dental disease. Tooth brushing and supplementation with hard, mildly abrasive foods and chew toys promotes dental health.