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Italian Greyhound

 

 

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- Louis Sabin, "All About Dogs As Pets"


Italian Greyhound puppy

Nathamber's Black Ty Affair
"Ty" 

Italian Greyhound
Ch Nathamber's Laser of Sheridane
"Laser"

Although he was once the favored pet of Italian noblemen, the Italian Greyhound (IG) actually came from Greece and Turkey. Miniature greyhounds appear in the early art of these countries and skeletons have been found in archaeological digs in the region. The IG is the smallest member of the Greyhound family, and was introduced to Italy by Roman soldiers. The elegant little dog has been around for about 2,000 years, and is a frequent subject of paintings by many of the old masters. 

A true greyhound that has been bred down in size, some believe the IG was originally bred purely as a companion, but others believe he was used to hunt small game.

This slender and graceful dog stands up to 15 inches tall at the shoulder and typically weighs about 10 pounds. He has a short-haired, satiny coat that comes in shades of black, fawn, cream, red, or blue, all with or without white markings. Minimal grooming is required. With little or no doggy odor and almost no shedding, the Italian Greyhound makes a wonderful pet for the fussy housekeeper. 

The Italian Greyhound is affectionate and adaptable, and fits in most accommodations. He is sensitive, intelligent, alert, and playful, enjoying the company of other pets and children. Although initially a little reserved around strangers, he is devoted to his family and thoroughly enjoys his role as a pampered and luxury-loving companion.

 IGs are true hounds and as such they need plenty of outdoor exercise and activities. The Italian Greyhound is a sight hound, and will instinctively take off after anything that catches his eye. Therefore, a fenced exercise area is a must.

 
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Italian Greyhound Club of Canada

Canadian Sighthound Field Association

Canadian Amateur Racing Association (C.A.R.A.)

Alberta Lure Coursing Association

Ontario Lure Coursing Association

 

 

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Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Sheila Green, Nathamber
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Naomi Kane
10819 Highway 9
Caledon
, ON      L7E 0G5
905) 880-9986, cell (416) 574-8635
Email:
Naomi@lewenhart.com

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