The history of the Italian
The origins of the Italian greyhound lie very far back in time, and it is believed that it was first known in Egypt, where mummified small dogs have been found. It has also been found images of small sighthounds from the early Roman cultures. The name Italian greyhound comes from the breed’s popularity in Italy during the Renaissance. Although the breed has primarily been held as a company dog, larger individuals have also been used for hunting small animals. Often together with hunting falcons. Many artists have illustrated the Italian greyhound in their works, such as Velasquez, Pisanello and Giotto. Royals has served as protectors of the breed, among the most famous are Maria Stuart, Queen Victoria, Catherine the Great, Fredrik the Great and our Norwegian Queen Maud.
In the 1800s, especially in England, it was desirable to make the Italian Greyhound as small as possible. This resulted in health issues, and you would find dogs with a clear toy outlook. The way the breed stands out today, we can contribute to continental breeders. In particular, the Austrian, German and Italian breeders. The breed was almost extinct during World War II. For genetic variation the breeders made decisions to breed in selected Whippets as well as Italian Greyhounds from England and the United States.
The first registrated Italian Greyhounds in the Norwegian Kennel Club were three English imports from the Swedish kennel Sobers in 1959/60. Initially, the Norwegian population was built on imports from Sweden and England, but it would take a while for the breed to establish itself here. Kennel Dogcastle was the first known breeder to breed Italian Greyhounds in the 1960s, and is still active today.