Italian Greyhound

The Italian Sighthound is a small-sized, elegant breed of dog originating in Italy. Known for its graceful figure and speed, this breed has been used for hunting and as a companion of the Italian nobility.

General details

The weight of the Italian Sighthound ranges from 2 to 5 kg, its height is 32 to 38 cm at the withers and its average life expectancy is 12 to 14 years. In addition, it belongs to Group 10 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes sighthounds.

Breed history in brief

The Italian Greyhound is a very ancient breed of dog originating in Italy, which has been used since Roman times for hunting hares and other small animals. During the Middle Ages, these dogs were very popular among Italian nobles and were considered a status symbol. Over the centuries, the breed has suffered ups and downs in popularity, but today it is still valued for its elegant appearance and its ability for hunting and companionship. Today, this breed is prized as a pet for its compact size and affectionate temperament.

Breed characteristics

The Italian Greyhound is an elegant and refined dog, with a slender, muscular body and an elongated, slender head. Its large eyes are expressive, round and dark, and its ears are small and folded. Its coat is short, fine and silky, and comes in a variety of colors including black, gray, brown and beige. It is characterized as an active and agile dog, with great speed and endurance. It is a companion dog and shows great loyalty and affection to its family.

Common health problems

Among the diseases that have been described in this breed are: patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, eye problems and dilated cardiomyopathy. They can also present sensitivity to some medications, including anesthesia. In addition to the aforementioned conditions, the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) of OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) recommends an eye examination starting at 36 months of age and annually until 10 years of age, as well as a test to assess Legg-Calve-Perthes disease and autoimmune thyroiditis.

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