theBreed Standard

  • 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.