Italian Greyhound Breed Standard (UK)

 

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

Characteristics
Elegant, graceful and quick moving

Temperament
Intelligent, affectionate and vivacious, may appear aloof

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

Eyes
Rather large, full of expression.

Ears
Rose shaped, placed well back, soft and fine not pricked

Mouth
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.

Neck
Long, gracefully arched

Forequarters
Shoulders long and sloping, legs straight, well set under shoulders, fine, strong bone and pasterns.

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

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

Feet
Hare feet

Tail
Low set, long, fine carried low

Gait Movement
High stepping and free action, Front and hind legs to move forward in a straight line with propulsion from behind

Coat
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 (12.5- 15 inches) at withers. Ideal weight 3.6-4.5kgs (8-10lbs.)
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.

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

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