Where Are Italian Greyhounds From?
The Italian Greyhound is best known for its origins in Italy, where owning one was considered a symbol of wealth and prestige during the Renaissance.
However, various artistic works and archeological findings suggest that the breed truly originated over 1,000 years prior, in present-day Turkey and Greece. Nonetheless, the miniature Greyhounds gained popularity in the 1600s as a royal pet, owned by the likes of Frederick the Great, Catherine the Great, and Anne of Denmark. It was nearly 300 years later when the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club and popularized in North America.
Standardization efforts were most successful in the United States, and, after World War II, Europe began importing stock from America. Today, the breed is as equally regarded as an affectionate family pet as it is a champion show dog, with numerous lure coursing and “Best in Show” titles awarded in recent years.