Tiny in size but possessing the grace and genteel of its taller sighthound relatives, the Italian Greyhound is an affectionate and peaceful companion adults and children alike. Greyhounds of miniature proportion have been depicted in the ancient decorative art of Mediterranean countries for thousands of years and the breed was adopted and refined by Italian nobles during the Renaissance. The popularity of the breed gained momentum once they found their way to England during the seventeenth century. They are playful and engaging breed that loves the company of its owner. Their small size is well suited to apartment living but they are an active breed that needs a daily walk and opportunities to run and play. Their sleek coat requires little maintenance beyond occasional brushing and bathing.