Italian Greyhound
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Italian Greyhound

Pup-ID: 007557008

€1295

  • Male
  • 07 January 2024
  • Black
  • Smooth hair
  • Vaccinated
  • Dewormed
  • Chipped
  • Registered
  • European passport
  • Written Guarantee

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The Italian Greyhound was a favourite companion of noblewomen in the Middle Ages, especially in Italy. But this little dog was more than a lapdog, it had the speed, stamina and determination to hunt small game. Today, it is a family dog whose beauty and athletic ability are admired in the show ring and in obedience, agility and rally competitions.

History

The Italian Greyhound is an ancient breed, and dogs like it may have been around for more than two millennia. Miniature greyhounds are seen in 2000-year-old artefacts from what is now modern Turkey and Greece, and archaeological digs have found small Greyhound skeletons. Although the original purpose of the breed has been lost to history, the Italian Greyhound may have served as a hunter of small game in addition to its duties as a companion.

By the Middle Ages, the breed had found its way into southern Europe and was very popular among the aristocracy, especially in Italy - hence the name. Many Italian Greyhounds, along with their owners, were immortalised in portraits by famous artists such as Pisanello and Giotto di Bondone.

In the 1600s, the Italian Greyhound came to England, where, as in Italy, it found many fans among the nobility. Royal owners over the centuries included Mary, Queen of Scots, Princess Anne of Denmark, Charles I, Frederick the Great of Prussia, and Queen Victoria, during whose reign the breed's popularity reached its zenith.

Personality

The Italian Greyhound is sensitive, alert, smart, and playful. He is affectionate with his family, and loves to cuddle with you and stay close to your side all day.

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