(AKC Toy Group)
Size: Very small.
Weight: Averages 8 pounds.
Availability: May take some effort to find.
UTILIZATION : Racing dog.
descends from small-sized greyhounds which already existed in
ancient Egypt at the court of the Pharaohs. Passing through Laconie
(Greece), where numerous representations on vases and bowls
confirm this, the breed arrived in Italy at the outset of the 5th century
BC. Its greatest development occured during the era of the
Renaissance at the court of the nobles. It is not rare to find the Italian
Greyhound represented in the paintings of the greatest Italian and
into a square and its forms recall, in miniature, those of the Greyhound
and the Sloughi. May be considered as a model of grace and
inferior to the height at the withers. Length of skull is equal to half
the length of the head. Length of head can reach the 40% of the
height at the withers.
BEHAVIOR / TEMPERAMENT : Reserved, affectionate, docile.
the height at the withers.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Flat with the superior axes of the skull and muzzle parallel.
Length of the skull is equal to half the length of the head. Lower
orbital region well chiselled.
Stop : Frontal nasal depression only very slightly marked.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Of a dark colour, preferably black, with well opened nostrils.
Muzzle : Pointed.
Lips : Thin and tight, with edges of lips very darkly pigmented.
Jaws/Teeth : Jaws elongated with well aligned incisors crown shape,
strong in relation to size of dog. Teeth sound and complete, set square
to the jaws; scissor bite.
Cheeks : Lean.
Eyes : Large and expressive, neither deep-set nor protruding. Iris of
dark colour, eyelid rims pigmented.
Ears : Set very high, small, with fine cartilage, folded in itself and
carried well back on the nape and upper part of the neck. When the
dog is attentive, the base of the ear is erected and the lobe tends to
stand out laterally on the horizontal, position commonly known as
Â« flying ears Â» or Â« propeller ears Â».
Profile : Upper line slightly arched and broken at its base towards the
Length : Equal to that of the head.
Shape : Truncated cone, well muscled.
Skin : Lean and without dewlap.
BODY : Its length is equal or barely inferior to the height at the
Topline : Straight profile with arched dorsal-lumbar region. The
lumbar curve merging harmoniously in the line of the rump.
Withers : Quite well defined.
Back : Straight, well muscled.
Croup : Very sloping, wide and muscled.
Chest : Narrow, deep, let down to the elbows.
TAIL : Low set, fine even at base, tapering progressively to its tip. It
is carried low and straight in its first half, the 2nd half curved. Pulled
up between the thighs towards the topline, it should surpass the level
of the hip-bone slightly. Covered with short hair.
FOREQUARTERS : On the whole straight and vertical with lean
Shoulder : Very slightly sloping with well developed, lean and salient
Upper arm : With a very open scapular-humeral angle, and of a
parallel direction to the median plane of the body.
Elbows : Neither out nor tied-in at elbows.
Forearm : Length of the limb measured from ground to elbow just
slightly longer than the distance from elbow to the withers; very
lightly boned; forearm in perfect vertical position as much from the
front as in profile.
Pastern : In the prolonged vertical line of the forearm; seen in profile
it is a little slanting.
Forefoot : Of almost oval shape, small, with arched and closely-knit
toes. Pads pigmented. Nails black or dark according to coat colour or
that of the foot, where white is tolerated.
HINDQUARTERS : Seen from behind on the whole straight and
Upper thigh : Long, lean, not voluminous, with very distinct muscles.
Second thigh : Very sloping, with fine bone structure and well
apparent groove in leg muscle.
Hock and metatarsal : In prolongation of a vertical line drawn from
the ischial tuber.
Hindfoot : Less oval than the forefoot, with arched and closely-knit
toes; pads and nails pigmented like the forefoot.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Springy, harmonious, no hackney gaiting
(high-stepping). Gallop fast with sharp spring.
SKIN : Fine and tight on all parts of the body except for the elbows
where it is slightly less tight.
HAIR : The hair is short and fine all over the body without the
slightest trace of fringes.
COLOR : Self-coloured in black, grey, slate grey and yellow (in
Italian = Isabella) in all possible shades. White is tolerated only on
the chest and feet.
SIZE AND WEIGHT :
Height at the withers : males and females from 32 to 38 cm.
Weight : Males and females : maximum 5 kg.