ITALIAN GREYHOUND (Piccolo Levriero Italiano)
Racing dog. Companion dog.
Group 10 Sighthounds.
Section 3 Short-haired Sighthounds.
The little Italian Greyhound descends from small-sized greyhounds which already existed in ancient Egypt at the court of the Pharaohs. Passing through Laconie(Greece), where numerous representations on vases and bowls confirm this, the breed arrived in Italy at the outset of the 5th century BC. Its greatest development occured during the era of the Reaissance at the court of the nobles. It is not rare to find the Italian foreign masters.
Of an elongated shape, its body fits into a square and its forms recall, in miniature, those of the Greyhound and the Sloughi. May be considered as a model of grace and distinction.
Its length is cqual or only just inferior to the height at the withers. Length of skull is equal to half the length of the head. Length of head can reach the 40% of the height at the withers.
Reserved, affectionate, docile.
Of elongated shape and narrow; its Iength can attain 40% of the height at the withers.
Skull :
Flat with the superior axes of skull and muzzle parallel. Length of the skull is equal to half the length of the head. Lower orbital region well chiselled.
Stop :
Frontal nasal depression only very slightly marked.
Nose :
Of a dark colour, preferably black, with well opencd nostrils.
Muzzle : Pointed.
Lips :
Thin and tight, with edges of lips very darkly pigmentcd.
Jaws/Teeth : Jaws elongaied with well aligned incisors crown shape, strong in relation to size of dog. Teeth sound and complete, set square to the jaws; scissor bite.
Cheeks :
Eyes :
Large and expressive, neither deep-set nor protruding. Iris of dark colour, eyelid rims pigmented.
Ears :
Set vcry high, small, with fine cartilage, folded in itseif and carried well back on the nape and upper part of the neck. When the dog is attcntive, the base of the ear is srected and the lobe tends to stand out Iaterally on the horizontal, position commonly known as < <flying cars>> or <<propeller ears >>.
Profile :
Upper line alighly arched towards the withers.
Length :
Equal to that of the head.
Shape :
Truncated cone, well muscled.
Skin :
Lean and without dewlap.
Its length is equal or barcly inferior to the height at the withers.
Topline :
Straight profile with arched dorsal-lumbar region. The lumbar curve merging harmoniously in the line of the rump.
Withers :
Quite well defined.
Back :
Straight, well muscled.
Croup :
Very sloping, wide and muscled.
Chest :
Narrow, deep, lct down to the elbows.
Low sct, fine even at base, tapering progressively to its tip. It is carried low and straight in its first half, the 2nd half curved. Puiled up between the thifhs towards the topline, it shouldsurpass the level of the hip-bone slightly. Covered with short hair.
On the whole straight and vertical with lean muscles.
Shoulder :
Not slope steeply with well developed, lean and salient muscies.
Upper arm : With a very open scaqular-humeral angle, and of a parallel direction to the median plane of the body seen from the front.
Elbows :
Neither out nor tied-in at elbows.
Forearm :
Length of the limb measured from fraund to elbow just slightly longth than the distance from elbow to the withers; very lightly boned; forearm in perfect vcrtical position as much from the front as in profile.
Pastern :
In the prolonged vertical line of the forcarm; seen in profile it is a little slanting.
Forefoot :
Of almost oval shape, smail, with arched and closely-knit toes. Pads pigmented. Nails black or dark according to coat colour or that of the foot, where white is tolerated.
Seen from behind on the whole straight and parallel.
Upper thigh :
Long, lean, not boluminous, with very distinct muscles.
Second thigh : Very sloping, with fine bone structure and well apparent froove in leg muscle.
Hock and metatarsal :
In prolongation of a bertical line drawn from the ischial luber.
Hindfoot :
Less obal than the forefoot, with arched and closely-knit toes; pads and nails pigmented like the forefoot.
High-stepping and free. Moving with light and speedy impression.
fine and tight on all parts of the body except for the clbows where it is slightly less tight.
Coat and color
The hair is short, smooth to the touch, thinly distributed and glossy like satin. Acceptable colors are fawn, red, gray, blue or such, and those herein mixed with white. Black-tans, blue-tans and brindles are not tolerated.
The new standard will be primarily the same as the current one, except for the "Coat & Color" section that will be repealed and replaced with the following new language, effective from Sep 1 , 2008.
The hair is short and fine all over the wothout the slightest trace of fringes.(New standard)
Black, grey, slate grey and yellow (in Italian - Isabeila) in all possible shades. Self-colour is the ideal. White is tolerated only on the chest and feet.(New standard)
Height at the withers :
males and females from 32 to 38 cm.
Males and females : maximum 5 kg.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousncss with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proporion to its degree.
Continous ambling.
  • Nose totally or halfdepigmented.
  • Nasal bridge concave or convex.
  • Overshot or undershot mouth.
  • Wall eye; total depigmentation of eyelid rims.
  • Tail carried over the back; anury or short tail, whether congenital or artificial.
  • Dewclaws.
  • Size below 32 cm orover 38 cm, as well in males as in females.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.