Filed under: dogs — WmX @ 08:12

The Italian Greyhound is the smallest of the family of gazehounds (dogs that hunt by sight). The breed is an old one and is believed to have originated more than 2,000 years ago in the countries now known as Greece and Turkey. This belief is based on the depiction of miniature greyhounds in the early decorative arts of these countries and on the archaeological discovery of small greyhound skeletons. By the Middle Ages, the breed had become distributed throughout Southern Europe and was later a favorite of the Italians of the sixteenth century, among whom miniature dogs were in great demand. It is, in fact, due to its popularity in Italy at this time that the breed became known as the “Italian Greyhound.” From this period onward the history of the breed can be fairly well traced as it spread through Europe, arriving in England in the seventeenth century. —Italian Greyhound Club of America

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  1. These are great dogs for the right family. They are very sensitive and delicate and not recomended for households with small children. They are also dogs with very short hair and need to be kept warm, and have styish coats like Bella’s when they go outside.
    Great picture Bill….:-)

    Comment by Bella's Mom — 2011/11/20 @ 18:25

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