Italian Greyhound

Loyal, gentle, and affectionate

ITALIAN GREYHOUND

Loyal, gentle, and affectionate

Like a finely sculpted figurine, the Italian Greyhound’s sleek curves appeal to anyone with an eye for design and a lap for a hound. Despite his assignment to AKC’s Toy Group, the IG or Iggy, is the smallest of the sighthounds—dogs bred to hunt by sight. Swift and athletic, he’s a true hound who will chase anything that moves.

Italian Greyhounds originated 2,000 years ago in Greece and Turkey. The Greeks and Romans adored this elegant, spring-loaded hound and portrayed the breed in artwork and statuary.

IGs were companions to royals for centuries, such as the Medici family of Florence, James I of England and Queen Anne of Denmark. Living in the lap of luxury became part of the IG’s DNA.

Highly active, IGs love lure coursing and running. They can leap furniture and high counters in a single bound. He can be aloof and shy with strangers, but loving with his family. ~Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz

Breed Standard

Official Standard of the Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound Club of America

Description: The Italian Greyhound is very similar to the Greyhound, but much smaller and more slender in all proportions and of ideal elegance and grace.

Head: Narrow and long, tapering to nose, with a slight suggestion of stop. Skull – Rather long, almost flat. Muzzle – Long and fine. Nose – Dark. It may be black or brown or in keeping with the color of the dog. A light or partly pigmented nose is a fault. Teeth – Scissors bite. A badly undershot or overshot mouth is a fault. Eyes – Dark, bright, intelligent, medium in size. Very light eyes are a fault. Ears – Small, fine in texture; thrown back and folded except when alerted, then carried folded at right angles to the head. Erect or button ears severely penalized.

Neck: Long, slender and gracefully arched.

Body: Of medium length, short coupled; high at withers, back curved and drooping at hindquarters, the highest point of curve at start of loin, creating a definite tuck-up at flanks. Shoulders – Long and sloping.  Chest – Deep and narrow.

Forelegs: Long, straight, set well under shoulder; strong pasterns, fine bone.

Hindquarters: Long, well-muscled thigh; hind legs parallel when viewed from behind, hocks well let down, well-bent stifle.

Feet: Harefoot with well-arched toes. Removal of dewclaws optional.

Tail: Slender and tapering to a curved end, long enough to reach the hock; set low, carried low. Ring tail a serious fault, gay tail a fault.

Coat: Skin fine and supple, hair short, glossy like satin and soft to the touch.

Color: Any color and markings are acceptable except that a dog with brindle markings and a dog with the tan markings normally found on black-and-tan dogs of other breeds must be disqualified.

Action: High stepping and free, front and hind legs to move forward in a straight line.

Size: Height at withers, ideally 13 to 15 inches.

Disqualifications: A dog with brindle markings. A dog with the tan markings normally found on black-and-tan dogs of other breeds.

Approved December 14, 1976

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