Gorgeous, elegant, refined, naughty, cheeky, loving, attention-seeking, confident, nervous, bold, shy, curious, aloof, friendly, greedy, skinny, fast, fragile … all good words to describe Italian Greyhounds – small dogs packed full with personality.
An ancient breed, Italian Greyhounds have been depicted in art and sculpture for thousands of years. Their name comes from a surge in their popularity in Italy during the Renaissance when they became a favourite companion dog for the nobility. The breed made its way to England in the seventeenth century, gaining steadily in popularity.
Italian Greyhounds are from the same genetic Sighthound family as Whippets, Salukis, Afghan Hounds and Ibizan Hounds to name a few. In the UK and USA Italian Greyhounds are classified as Toy Dogs by the official Kennel Clubs but in Europe they are classified as Sighthounds. The official Italian Greyhound Breed standard outlining the desirable physical characteristics of Italian Greyhounds is available on this site: The Breed Standard.
It’s hard to make generalisations about the personalities of Italian Greyhounds as ‘nature’ and ‘nurture’ play a huge part in determining whether or not an Italian Greyhound develops to become a well-balanced, well-socialised, happy and healthy dog but be warned – they are not quiet little house dogs and require a lot of your time, energy and attention!
More information about this wonderful breed is available on the pages across this website but if you are new to the breed you may find these of particular interest:
- IGs in Your Home
- Feeding & Diet
- First Time IG Checklist
- Health & Wellbeing
- IG Wardrobe
If you want to meet some Italian Greyhounds in person and chat to knowledgeable owners come and join us at one of our Club Shows, Club Fun Day or a meet up walk.
Meeting IG owners and the IGs themselves is the best way to get to know them!
And if you’re thinking about giving a home to an Italian Greyhound please take time to read our advice under: