The Breed History

The Italian Greyhound breed origins are not clear, though their place of origin is thought to be in Greece and Turkey, dating to the birth of Christ. In Italy in the 16th century, these dogs were portrayed in artwork of the Renaissance.The English Kennel club listed them in their first studbook, and in the AKC registry, they first appear in 1886, but were rare (less than 50 registrants) until the 1950s.