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In folklore, to dream of traveling alone, with a dog following you, foretells staunch friends and successful undertakings.
To your dog, you are the greatest, the smartest, the nicest human being who was ever born. You are his friend and protector. – Louis Sabin, “All About Dogs As Pets”
Although he was once the favored pet of Italian noblemen, the Italian Greyhound (IG) actually came from Greece and Turkey. Miniature greyhounds appear in the early art of these countries and skeletons have been found in archaeological digs in the region.
The IG is the smallest member of the Greyhound family, and was introduced to Italy by Roman soldiers. The elegant little dog has been around for about 2,000 years, and is a frequent subject of paintings by many of the old masters.
A true greyhound that has been bred down in size, some believe the Italian Greyhound was originally bred purely as a companion, but others believe he was used to hunt small game.
Photos displayed courtesy of Sheila Green, Nathamber, Ontario
This slender and graceful dog stands up to 15 inches (38 cm) tall at the shoulder and typically weighs about 10 pounds (4.5 kg). He has a short-haired, satiny coat that comes in shades of white, black, fawn, cream, red, blue, grey, chocolate, bronze, blue/fawn, or red/fawn. Any shade of these colours, solid or with white markings or white with coloured markings is acceptable. He may even sport a mask. Minimal grooming is required.
With little or no doggy odor and almost no shedding, the Italian Greyhound makes a wonderful pet for the fussy housekeeper.
The Italian Greyhound is affectionate and adaptable, and fits in most accommodations. He is sensitive, intelligent, alert, and playful, enjoying the company of other pets and children. Although initially a little reserved around strangers, he is devoted to his family and thoroughly enjoys his role as a pampered and luxury-loving companion.
Italian Greyhounds are true hounds and as such they need plenty of outdoor exercise and activities. As sight hounds, and will instinctively take off after anything that catches their eye. Therefore, a fenced exercise area is a must.