meet theItalian Greyhound


Training &Temperament

​Italian Greyhounds are cherished for their loyal, affectionate nature. They combine the attentiveness of lapdogs and the intriguing complexity of ancient, aristocratic hounds. Bred for centuries as snuggling companions, they won’t tolerate being ignored. “On the whole,” writes an IG expert, “the breed would much rather be in your lap or bed than on the floor.” But they are true sighthounds and will bolt after quick-moving prey at the drop of a hat. A short-coated, low-fat breed, IGs need extra attention in cold weather.

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Did You Know?

The Italian Greyhound is the smallest of the family of Gazehounds (sighthounds).

The Italian Greyhound is believed to have originated more than 2000 years ago in the Mediterranean basin, possibly in the countries now known as Greece & Turkey.

The Italian Greyhound was a favorite of the Italians of the 16th century with whom miniature dogs were much in demand.

The Italian Greyhound was frequently included in Renaissance paintings by such famed artists as Giotto, Carpaccio, Memling, Van der Weyden, David, and Bosch.

Favorite of various royal families, including the consort of England's James I, Anne of Denmark; Mary Beatrice d'Este of Modena, the Italian consort of James II; Frederick the Great of Prussia; Catherine the Great of Russia, and Queen Victoria.

The first volume of the English Kennel Club's Stud Book listed 40 of the breed; Volume III of the AKC Stud Book (1886) contains the first Italian Greyhound registration in this country, although it was not until 1950 that as many as 50 were registered in this country.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Blue 037
Blue Fawn 036
Cream 076
Fawn 082
Red 140
Red Fawn 150
Sable 164
Seal 261
White & Black 202
White & Blue 288
White & Blue Fawn 334
White & Fawn 207
White & Red 214
White & Red Fawn 293
White & Sable 215
White & Seal 294
Black 007
Black & Tan 018
Blue & Tan 044
Brindle 057
Chocolate 071
White 199


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black Mask 004
Blue Mask 006
White Markings 014
White Markings, Black Mask 114
White Markings, Blue Mask 113