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The Little Italian Greyhound, a fine and graceful dog

Thin and graceful, the Italian Greyhound resembles the Greyhound, except perhaps for its size, which is much smaller. Even if this breed is known to excel in speed racing, it can perfectly live in an apartment, where it will give all its love to its masters.

Characteristics of the Italian Greyhound

The Little Italian Greyhound is a dog with a slender appearance, square body and looks like the Greyhound. Beware, this is not the dwarf shape of the latter, but a true breed in its own right. The Little Italian Greyhound is distinguished by its small size because it is one of the smallest in the category of greyhounds and measures between 32 and 38 cm for a weight ranging from 4 to 5 kg. Also called Italian Greyhound, the dog develops a harmonious gait and can be recognized by its fast gallop. He has a long, narrow head with a long, pointed muzzle, completed by a slightly accentuated stop. Large and expressive, the eyes are dark in color and round in shape. The fine and small ears are carried high and backwards. They stand up when the animal is alert. The Italian Greyhound has a short, soft and fine coat. The coat can be isabelle (beige), grey or black with various shades.

Breed History Italian Greyhounds

The Italian Greyhound has existed for several centuries since its traces can be found in ancient Egypt. Dog of the court of the pharaohs, it is not the result of a crossbreeding like the Whippet, but can boast of its ancient origins. Mummies of the ancestors of the Italian Greyhound have even been discovered. Landing in Italy around the 5th century BC, it conquered the hearts of Italian matrons. This dog even became a reference during the Renaissance, as the paintings in its effigy attest. It was not until 1968 that the breed standard was definitively established.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Italian Greyhound

The Italian Greyhound is a reserved, shy and placid animal. But he is also full of dynamism and cheerfulness and only shows this aspect of his personality towards people he trusts, in this case, his family. Moreover, he is considered slightly sticky. He is a city and apartment dog who appreciates comfort and gentleness and will not be reluctant to sit by the fireplace to take a nap. But beware, do not imagine that it is a slipper. It needs to be exercised, its greyhound origins oblige.

Diet and main health problems of the Italian Greyhound

The Italian Greyhound can be affected by certain pathologies such as epilepsy, retinal disease or patella dislocation. We must be very careful with his bones which are quite fragile and his skin which is prone to cancer. Rain, wind and sun are not good for him. As far as his diet is concerned, it is advisable to increase the quantity of protein during the growth phase. And since the animal's teeth are fragile, it is better to choose a wet diet rather than a dry one.