The Italian Greyhound (in Italian: Piccolo Levriero Italiano ) is a small breed of dog of the sight hound type, sometimes called an “I.G.” or an “Iggy”. The origins of the breed are unknown. However, mummified dogs very similar to the Italian Greyhound (or small Greyhounds) have been found in Egypt, and pictorials of small Greyhounds have been found in Pompeii, as well. The breed is an old one and is believed to have originated more than 2,000 years ago in the countries now known as Greece and Turkey.
The Italian Greyhound makes a good companion dog and enjoys the company of people. However, the breed’s slim build and short coat make them somewhat fragile, and injury can result from rough or careless play with children. The breed is good with the elderly or a couple without any children for it prefers a quiet household but they are also generally fine with older children. As gazehounds, Italian Greyhounds instinctively hunt by sight and have an extremely high predator drive. Owners of Italian Greyhounds should typically keep their dogs leashed at all times when not in an enclosed area to avoid the risk of even a well-behaved pet breaking away at high speed after a small animal.
Average and yet (see above: their predator drive).
From 33 to 38 cm / From 3.6 to 8.2 kg.
Short and glossy.
Deep black, blue, fawn, cream, red and white.
Low even though special care is required.
(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)