The origins of the Italian Greyhoud aren't very clear.
People consider this breed is over 5 000 to 7 000 years old.  A skeleton of a dog measured at 40 x 40cm has been found in the Queen Heir-Neit's thumb in Egypt is commonly considered as an early IG.

Picture: 3rd centry mosaic in Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina, Sicilia. A slave hunting fow with two sighthounds.

The Italian Greyhound appears in France during the Middle Ages and is found in all Europe from the 14th century. IGs become very quickly the companon of the aristocracy and royalty. Fran├žois Ier, Catherine of Medicis, Henri IV, Frederic the Great -among many others- owned IGs.

The Italian Greyhound is also the companion of artists: Baudelaire, Flaubert, Lamartine are few examples of writers or poets who mentionned and pay tribute to this breed. Victor Hugo during his exil in Jersey owned and bred IGs.

Picture: French Italian Greyhound, ca.1875.

Late 19th and early 20th, the breed was under fashion and breeders tend to select only tiny dogs. The IGs became during that time a small little thing, with signs of dwarfism (appled-head, protruding eyes, crooked legs...)

Picture: British Italian Greyhound, 1915.

Fortunately some other breeders kept selecting bigger IGs and with the hard work of those passionate breeders the IGs came back again as they are supposed to be: a small sighthound, yes, but a real one!

The IG is a wonderful companion but you have to keep in mind it's a resistant breed able to support physical effort and with a lot of personnality.

The Italian Greyhound will be the perfect companion for anyone who is aware of his temperament and who will be involved in its socialization and education.

The IG is a real athletic dog and needs to run free. He is also a coach potatao, a lezard who loves taking sunbaths, knows to be calm and quite indoors and to be full of energy outdoors. And so much more...

To get more details on his temperament, please click on "temperament" in the menu above.

Picture (left): German IGs, 1941.
bottom left: Pippo du Parc de la Casetta, born in 1966.
bottom right: Mickey de Shirkan, born in 1996.