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28. 5. 2009

Italian Greyhound Breed Standard (EN)

Italian Greyhound Breed Standard


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A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Kennel Club website for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure.

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General Appearance
A greyhound in miniature, more slender in all proportions.

Elegant, graceful and quick moving.

Intelligent, affectionate and vivacious; may appear aloof.

Head and Skull
Skull long, flat and narrow, slight stop. Muzzle fine and long. Nose dark in colour.

Rather large, bright; full of expression.

Rose-shaped, placed well back, soft and fine, not pricked.

Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth even.

Long, gracefully arched.

Shoulders long and sloping. Legs straight; well set under shoulders; fine, strong bone and pasterns.

Chest deep and narrow. Good length of rib and brisket. Back slightly arched over loin.

Long, well muscled thigh: hind legs parallel when viewed from behind; well bent stifle, hocks well let down.


Hare feet.

Low-set, long, fine, carried low.

High-stepping and free action. Front and hindlegs to move forward in a straight line with propulsion from behind.

Skin fine and supple. Hair, short, fine and glossy.

Black, blue, cream, fawn, red, white, or any of these colours broken with white. White dogs may be broken with one of these colours. Black or blue with tan markings, or brindle not acceptable.

Ideal Height: 32-38cms (12½-15 ins) at withers. Ideal Weight 3.6-4.5 kgs (8-10 lbs). Overall type and elegance essential.

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Last Updated - September 2000



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Health Information

The Kennel Club operates health screening schemes with other organisations.  Some are clinical veterinary screening schemes and some are DNA screening schemes, which may be relevant to this breed.

The current health screening requirements and recommendations for Kennel Club Accredited Breeders of this breed show what is required and recommended for the sire and dam of any litter of this breed bred by an Accredited Breeder.

Breed specific summary results from the Purebred Dog Health Survey in 2004 are available.  Individual summaries are only available where the breed response rate was greater than 15%.