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Italian Greyhound
Did You Know
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  • The Italian Greyhound is the smallest of the family of Gazehounds (sighthounds).
  • The Italian Greyhound is believed to have originated more than 2000 years ago in the Mediterranean basin, possibly in the countries now known as Greece & Turkey.
  • The Italian Greyhound was a favorite of the Italians of the 16th century with whom miniature dogs were much in demand.
  • The Italian Greyhound was frequently included in Renaissance paintings by such famed artists as Giotto, Carpaccio, Memling, Van der Weyden, David, and Bosch.
  • Favorite of various royal families, including the consort of England's James I, Anne of Denmark; Mary Beatrice d'Este of Modena, the Italian consort of James II; Frederick the Great of Prussia; Catherine the Great of Russia, and Queen Victoria.
  • The first volume of the English Kennel Club's Stud Book listed 40 of the breed; Volume III of the AKC Stud Book (1886) contains the first Italian Greyhound registration in this country, although it was not until 1950 that as many as 50 were registered in this country.
  • President John Tyler bought his wife an Italian Greyhound named "Le Beau."

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