The Kennel Club





Italian Greyhound




The sequence follows FCI breed standard.

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD

: September 2000

CLASSIFICATION

: Toy

GENERAL APPEARANCE

: A greyhound in miniature, more slender in all proportions.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

: Elegant, graceful and quick moving.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

: Intelligent, affectionate and vivacious; may appear aloof.

HEAD

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

FACIAL REGION

:

Muzzle

: 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.

Eyes

: Rather large, bright; full of expression.

Ears

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

NECK

: Long, gracefully arched.

BODY

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

TAIL

: Low-set, long, fine, carried low.

LIMBS

:

FOREQUARTERS

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

FEET

: Hare feet.

HINDQUARTERS

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

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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

COAT

:

HAIR

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

COLOUR

: 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.

SIZE

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

FAULTS

: 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 and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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