A miniature form of the Greyhound, this breed is far less fragile than it looks. It has a gait similar to the larger dog’s, and the same rapid acceleration, facilitated by long, muscular hindquarters. The long, graceful neck heightens its refined air.
History of Italian Greyhound
This breed has survived since the time of the pharaohs. More recently, however, it has suffered from the introduction of English Toy Terrier blood.
Similar dogs have been found, mummified, in Egyptian tombs.
Other Names of Italian Greyhound: Piccolo Levrieri Italiani.
Identification keys of Italian Greyhound
ears well back on head
flat and narrow skull
elegant arched back slopes down over hindquarters
deep, narrow chest
longish tail carried low
thin, glossy coat with satin-like texture
straight, fine boned forelegs
Volpino Italiano This small Italian breed is unmistakably a spitz type, its face being not unlike that of a fox, with the muzzle short, straight, and rather pointed. The Volpino is usually pure white in coloration, the sable form now being rare. A fawn variety existed at one time, but this has now been […]
Toy American Eskimo The face, coat, and lush tail of this dog identify it as a spitz-type breed. The pointed muzzle and erect ears are foxlike, its coat is long and thick, and its tail is well-plumed and carried in a curl over the back. Although a small dog, it is nevertheless sturdy, well-muscled, and […]
Löwchen With its long, silky coat trimmed in the traditional “lion clip”, this dog is easily distinguished from other members of the bichon group. The tail is clipped along part of its length, leaving just a plume of hair, completing this attractive, lively breed’s distinctive parody of the […]
Chinese Crested Dog This nimble little dog comes in two varieties. One form, the Hairless, only has hair as a crest on its head and toes, and a plume on its tail. The Powder Puff variety is covered with long, soft hair.
Both are found in a mixture of colours.
History of Chinese Crested Dog
Known for […]
King Charles Spaniel Squarely built with a distinctive domed skull this breed’s affectionate nature has made it a popular pet for centuries. The large, dark eves are particularly appealing.
History of King Charles Spaniel
This breed was greatly favoured by King Charles II. (1630-85). He regularly exercised […]