Appearance: 12.5-15" (32-38 cm) 8-10 lb (3.5-4.5 kg) Short, fine glossy coat. All shades of black, grey, fawn, cream, blue, red, chocolate, bronze, bluefawn, red-fawn and white.
Origins of the Italian Greyhound do not begin in or even near Italy. The breed actually started out in Egypt, where a toy-sized hound was produced by breeding small Greyhounds to one another. Early Romans fell in love with the breed and brought the dogs back to Rome, where they quickly became attached to high-ranking officials. The Italian Greyhound earned its name as a companion dog in the 16th century, when it spread throughout Europe as the lapdog of royals such as Mary, Queen of Scots, Anne of Denmark, and Queen Victoria. When the popularity of Italian Greyhounds peaked in Victorian times, breeders attempted to further reduce the size of the already tiny dog, but this led to a weakening of the gene pool and unhealthy dogs. The First and Second World Wars further reduced the breed’s numbers. Fortunately, a strong population of Italian Greyhounds remained in North America, where the true breed type, size and bloodlines were maintained.
Curious and gentle, the Italian Greyhound is affectionate and bonds strongly to his family. Because of his small size and tiny structure, the Italian Greyhound is a delicate companion who does not suit homes with boisterous children and aggressive dogs. He actually loves to socialize with his own kind.
Italian Greyhound Breeders:
Breeding for quality, not quantity, we occasionally have health guaranteed purebred Italian Greyhound puppies from Champion bloodlines that are registered with the Canadian Kennel Club on a MANDATORY SPAY/NEUTER CONTRACT. Visits to come to our home to see our puppies and meet our dogs are always welcome, by appointment. Box 853, South River, ON P0A 1X0.
Phone: Michele Bateman (705) 386-7378
Breeding and showing since 1980. Home to some of Canada’s top winning show Italian Greyhounds. Puppies available occasionally to approved homes by reservation only. For more information and details on upcoming litters. Visit our website.
Selectively breeding for quality, type, soundness and temperament. Champion line bred bloodlines. Lovingly home-raised show and companion puppies occasionally. Temperament and health guarantee. 2702 Reynolds St, Regina, SK S4N 3P4.
Phone: Don Schaffer (306) 537-1017