KC Group: toy
Good with children?: seek breeder advice
Exercise requirement: moderate
Good guard dogs?: no
Moulting level: low
Jogging partner: yes
The graceful Italian Greyhound is believed to have originated in or around Egypt, its ancestors having been found buried alongside the Pharaohs. Later the breed was depicted in Renaissance paintings as a sign of its increasing popularity with the aristocracy. The Italian is a breed who thrives on companionship and being close to its masters, equally at home in town or country.
Friendly and affectionate with its family, the Italian Greyhound can sometimes be quite reserved and shy toward strangers, often appearing aloof in such situations. They respond well to kind, consistent training and with firm early socialization they can grow into a calm, outgoing dog. They will bond well with children, although hectic noisy households may cause them to retreat a little.
The Breed Standard specifies an ideal height of 32-38cm and a weight of 3.6-4.5 kg, although it does note that the "overall type and elegance is essential".
The Italian is a generally healthy breed although they are relatively delicate as a puppy so care should be taken during the early months to protect them from injury.
Italian Greyhounds are more susceptible to the effects of cold than many other breeds because of their short coats and as such will appreciate the benefits of a nice jacket during the winter months.
Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.
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