Piccolo Levriero Italiano new FCI Standard
It is debatable as to what the initial goal for inventing the Italian Greyhound was. It’s usually suggested that it was used for hunting on such small game as hares and rabbits. Other theory states that the dog’s main service was to eradicate various kinds of vermin especially rats. There is an opinion that the breed was originally kept exclusively as a companion dog.
In the XVI century the Italian Greyhound was imported to the Southern Europe by the Phoenician. It rapidly acquired many noble fanciers in this region, particularly in Italy. The breed can be seen on the paintings of many proclaimed Italian artists, for example Pisanello and Giotto di Bondone. The Italian Greyhound arrived in England in the XVII century where it also gained impressive following among the English aristocracy. Royal fans throughout the centuries comprise Mary, Queen of Scots, Princess Anne of Denmark, Charles I, Frederick the Great of Prussia, and Queen Victoria.
The Italian Greyhound was given a complete recognition of the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1886 and the American breeders soon set up consistent breeding practices in this country. The numbers of dogs in the United States was rather scarce but it played a crucial role in saving the Italian Greyhound. Over the periods of World Wars I and II, when the dogs breeding was totally abandoned, the breed became exceedingly rare in Europe and England. Each time wars were over British dog experts acquired those American-bred specimens to re-create the breed in European countries.
Presently the Italian Greyhound has much following all around the world and it’s almost exclusively kept as a good-natured, elegant and charismatic family pet.
Appropriately socialised Italian Greyhound demonstrates friendliness and its natural kindness in the presence of strange people. At the same time some specimens are prone to become overly shy and nervous when they meet a new person. The dog is going to become a quite acceptable watchdog with its vigilance and distinct bark. However it will definitely fail to perform qualitatively the responsibilities of a guard dog due to its affable nature and miniature size.
The Italian Greyhound hasn’t been noticed in any kind of aggressive inclinations towards other canines. This breed will be glad to share its existence with other dog of the same size or smaller. Because of its overall fragility it certainly doesn’t enjoy rough play with other dogs and would prefer the company of a dogs, which has the same attitude. Despite its primarily role as a companion dog it still retains much of its hunting instinct. Your hamster will most probably eventually become the quarry of the Italian Greyhound if you keep them in the same household. However, it will get along with home cat if they were timely and correctly introduced to each other.
• problems with teeth;
• anesthesia sensitivity;
• bone fractures (particularly of the legs);
• retained testicles;
• eyes problems;
• patellar luxation;
• legg-perthes disease;
• autoimmune disorders;
• liver shunts;
• von Willebrand’s disease .
The rest includes some common maintaining procedures as nail clipping and tooth brushing. This dog is prone to periodontal diseases and therefore it’s advisable to brush its teeth on a daily basis.
This dog is remarkably sensitive to the position of the handler and if it deems that the human stands below it in the pack hierarchy then no amount of coaxing will make it to obey. It’s crucial to always resort to reward-based methods in the training of the Italian Greyhound since harsh treatment doesn’t work with it. It’s also known that it’s extremely hard to housebreak. So be prepared that your dog will fully mature considerably later than it usually happens with other breeds.
The under exercised specimens tend to display excessive nervousness and destructiveness. The Italian Greyhound isn’t endowed with competitive nature as strong as the Collie or German Shepherd, but it does exceptionally well in agility, flyball and other canine sports.