Italian Greyhounds often known simply as IGs, are a small elegant hound classed in the Toy Group in the UK and the USA and the Sighthound
Group in Europe.
The breed standard varies between the UK, Europe and the USA and links may be found on this site to enable you
to see the differences in description.
The breed originates from the Far East and only had the 'Italian' part added as the Roman
soldiers were very fond of bringing these small dogs home from their campaigns.
The Latin phrase Cave Canem does not in fact
mean ' Beware of, the dog ' but rather be careful of my dog ' i.e. don't damage it!
Those pretty little Whippet type dogs seen
peeping out of ladies skirts in 18th Century paintings are in fact I talian Greyhounds.Whippets are a breed that undoubtedly contain IG blood but are relatively new on the scene of dog breeds
Viewing the many antiques that depict IGs it becomes obvious that they have changed very little over the centuries.
The average size at shoulder is 15 inches but this is variable with 2 inches either way being quite usual.
A full description of the IG can be obtained by reading some of the excellent books on the breed details of can be found on this site.
Below you will find a typical example of one person's experience of living with an Italian. That is what this site is really about.