The Italian Greyhound is the smallest of the sighthounds, typically weighing about 8 to 18 lb (3.6 to 8.2 kg) and standing about 13 to 15 inches (33 to 38 cm) tall at the withers. Though they are in the “toy” group based on their weight, they are larger than other dogs in the category due to their slender bodies, so owners must be careful when sizing clothing or accommodations. The Italian Greyhound’s chest is deep, with a tucked up abdomen, long slender legs and a long neck that tapers down to a small head. The face is long and pointed, like a full sized greyhound. Overall, they look like “miniature” Greyhounds, though many Italian Greyhound owners dispute the use of the term “miniature Greyhound”, in reference to the breed itself. By definition of the American Kennel Club – they are true genetic greyhounds, with a bloodline extending back over 2000 years. Their current small stature is a function of selective breeding. Their gait is distinctive and should be high stepping and free, rather like that of a horse. They are able to run at top speed with a double suspension gallop, and can achieve a top speed of up to 25 miles per hour (40 km/h). The color of the coat is a subject of much discussion. For The Kennel Club (UK), the American Kennel Club, and the Australian National Kennel Council, parti colored Italian Greyhounds are accepted, while the Fédération Cynologique Internationale standard for international shows allows white only on the chest and feet. The modern Italian Greyhound’s appearance is a result of breeders throughout Europe, particularly Austrian, German, Italian, French and British breeders, making great contributions to the forming of this breed. The Italian Greyhound should resemble a small Greyhound, or rather a Sloughi, though they are in appearance more elegant and graceful. Data refer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_Greyhound Italian Greyhound Dog Club Data Italian Greyhound Club of America – Breed description, code of ethics and bylaws, rules for applying to become a member, articles, tips for selecting a dog, and links to rescues. Italian Greyhound Club of Canada – Official site of the national breed club of Canada. Breeder information, information on health concerns, training tips, and photographs. Italian Greyhound Club of Great Britain – The oldest established IG club. Features breed standards, show information, health, rescue links, a newsletter and membership information. Great Britain, United Kingdom. Italian Greyhound Club of Greater Houston – Protecting and advancing the interests of the Italian Greyhound, and encouraging sportsmanlike competition at dog shows. Houston, Texas Italian Greyhound National Club of Russia – Club information, show results and upcoming shows. Russia Italian Greyhound Society United Kingdom – Pictorial development, health and fracture information, pedigrees, articles, news and membership information. United Kingdom Northern California Italian Greyhound Club – A breed club supporting AKC shows, local events, rescue, IGCA and all things Italian Greyhound. Valley of the Sun Italian Greyhound Club – Local events, breeder referrals, rescue links, and other Italian Greyhound websites. Phoenix, Arizona.
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