Italian Greyhound

The Italian Greyhound is extremely slender and barely over a foot tall, but has all the grace and sweetness of his taller Greyhound relatives. There is debate as to whether they were originally bred for hunting small game or meant to be simply a companion. In all likelihood, both are true, as they are adaptable to city and country life. The Italian Greyhound's coat can be any color, except brindle and classic black and tan.


  • Personality: Sensitive and alert, playful, highly affectionate
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; IGs are dainty housedogs, but at heart they’re still flash-and-dash coursing hounds
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 13-15 inches
  • Weight: 7-14 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

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President John Tyler bought his wife an Italian Greyhound named "Le Beau."


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  • General Appearance

     The Italian Greyhound is very similar to the Greyhound, but much smaller and more slender in all proportions and of ideal elegance and grace.

  • Head

    Head: Narrow and long, tapering to nose, with a slight suggestion of stop. Skull - Rather long, almost flat.Eyes - Dark, bright, intelligent, medium in size. Very light eyes are a fault. Ears - Small, fine in texture; thrown back and folded except when alerted, then carried folded at right angles to the head. Erect or button ears severely penalized.

  • Neck and Body

    Neck is long, slender and gracefully arched. Body is of medium length, short coupled; high at withers, back curved and drooping at hindquarters, the highest point of curve at start of loin, creating a definite tuck-up at flanksShoulders - Long and sloping.
    Chest - Deep and narrow.

  • Forelegs

    Long, straight, set well under shoulder; strong pasterns, fine bone.
     

  • Hindquarters

    Long, well-muscled thigh; hind legs parallel when viewed from behind, hocks well let down, well-bent stifle

  • Coat

    Skin fine and supple, hair short, glossy like satin and soft to the touch.

 

 

 

 

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