Italian Greyhound


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.

“Riverport’s Ravenna”. Representing lovely breed type and correct size. Bred and owned by Riverport Kennels Reg’d., Ottawa, ON


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:

Boccalupo Reg’d

Boccalupo Reg’d, Dini Westman. Healthy • Fast • Beautiful. Boccalupo Italian Greyhounds, kennel-free breeders specializing in structurally sound, genetic health tested, excellent temperaments. Members of the Italian Greyhound Club of Canada, CKC and AKC. Reservation only for occasional puppies. Please visit our website for details on upcoming litters in Stratford, Ontario. Champion show dogs, lure coursing and agility.


Riverport Reg’d

Breeding and showing since 1980. Home to several 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. (See our Breed Ambassador above).

Phone: Demetrius & Corinna Yannoulopoulos (613) 838-3674

Decho Reg’d

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