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The Italian Greyhound is the smallest of the family of gazehounds (dogs that hunt by sight). The breed is believed to have originated more than 2,000 years ago in the Mediterranean basin, possibly in the countries now known as Greece and Turkey.
The breed was a favorite of various royal families of Europe 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 coat requires very little grooming. It is virtually odorless and sheds very little.
Though they give the impression of fragility, the Italian Greyhound is a very hardy breed.
They adapt to most households and enjoy the company of older children and other pets.
Italian Greyhounds are active little dogs who enjoy a good walk and love to run free and play. Because Italian Greyhounds like to play by running and bumping into each other, play with groups of other Italian Greyhounds should always be supervised to prevent accidental injury. Play with other large dogs is not recommended. Italian Greyhounds may be a good jogging companion for short distances, but they do better as a walking companion.