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.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health, and care requirements. They also work to assure that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed become members of the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission. The nation’s top breed experts are members of the parent club.
The national parent breed club is the first and best place to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.