Dog Breeds Gallery

We've brought together dog breeds from all over the world including Australia so you can learn more about their history, habits, personalities, and unique abilities. The more you know about dogs, the more you love them. Browse the dog breeds list below to read more about your dream dog.

Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound
Italian Greyhound
The Italian Greyhound is a true miniature of the Greyhound, and goes back to the times of the Egyptian Pharaohs, as drawings of small greyhounds, very similar to the Italian Greyhound, were to be found painted on the walls of their tombs. They were most likely taken by the Romans from Egypt to the Mediterranean, and became very popular in the European courts for a number of centuries.

In England, the Italian Greyhound could be found in the courts of the Stuarts, and Queen Victoria also owned these dainty little dogs. They also featured in many paintings of aristocratic families.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN

Italian Greyhounds can live to about 14 years of age.

BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS AND TEMPERAMENT

The Italian Greyhound is vivacious, alert, highly intelligent and very affectionate, especially when kept as a companion in the house, loving human companionship. They do not thrive well as kennel dogs. They are easy to train and are quick learners. Italian Greyhounds are generally cheerful, brave and courageous, but as they are also sensitive to loud voices or harsh words from their owner, they may become quite timid in the wrong environment.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS

They get on well with other pets but may need to be protected from larger, more boisterous dogs.

CARE REQUIREMENTS

Well-fenced gardens are essential as there is a high risk of injury if allowed to roam free. Ideally, the Italian Greyhound is a house dog that should have access to the garden via a dog door. It needs a warm bed or basket, away from draughts, and containing a soft blanket or rug, as most Italian Greyhounds love to wrap themselves up in their blanket, even in the hottest weather. The thin, glossy coat is easy to keep clean, sheds very little hair and is virtually odourless. After bathing, care should be taken to make sure it is thoroughly dried.

Please take note:
Although as previously stated the Italian Greyhound is quite hardy considering its fine build, it is not suited for rough play as bones may be broken. It is therefore better suited to a household with older children who can be trusted to treat the dog with care and consideration, and also makes an ideal companion for the elderly and the infirm.

IDEAL OWNERS

Families with older children, and people who can provide a loving, peaceful environment.

IN CONCLUSION

If you have decided that the Italian Greyhound is the dog for you and you are able to provide it with a reasonably quiet environment, then contact one of the groups listed below:


Recommended Breeders

Breeder Name Kennel State
J Mann Caroblee QLD Contact
Elizabth Monahan Tahrae VIC Contact
Annette Johns Rhodeholme VIC Contact
Anu Lummevaara Berizza NSW Contact
Fred and Maureen Camarsh Fretomau NSW Contact
Janice Heyward Tanden WA Contact
Nerida Gontar Lamarque SA Contact
Rhett & Megan Petersen Ilsonyo QLD Contact
Liz Monahan Tahrae VIC Contact
CHERIE TULK TACOZAJO SA Contact
Christine Scott Tunamara SA Contact
ASHLEIGH OLDFIELD FABELLO NSW Contact
Kaitlyn Cowan Chiant NSW Contact
Tomi Foxx GrandHaven QLD Contact
Simone Bingham Barad TAS Contact
Renee Bourke Zanbellia VIC Contact
Angela Sharpe Sharpazz QLD Contact
Renee Bourke Zanbellia VIC Contact
Rose Shaw Tollabelle NSW Contact
MELISSA BROSTER IG Majik SA Contact


*** We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.


Canine Clubs

  • Australian Capital Territory:
    Dogs ACT
    (ACT Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 815
    Dickson, ACT 2602
    Tel: 02 6241 4404
    Fax: 02 6241 1129
    Website: www.dogsact.org.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • New South Wales:
    Dogs NSW
    (Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
    PO Box 632
    St Marys, NSW 1790
    Tel: 02 9834 3022
    Fax: 02 9834 3872
    Website: www.dogsnsw.org.au
    (Details current as of 10/10/2013)
  • Northern Terrority:
    Dogs NT
    (North Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 37521
    Winnellie, NT 0821
    Tel: 08 8984 3570
    Fax: 08 8984 3409
    Website: www.dogsnt.com.au/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Queensland:
    Dogs Queensland
    (Canine Control Council (Queensland))
    PO Box 495
    Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
    Tel: 07 3252 2661
    Fax: 07 3252 3864
    Website: www.cccq.org.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • South Australia:
    Dogs SA
    (South Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 844
    Prospect East, SA 5082
    Tel: 08 8349 4797
    Fax: 08 8262 5751
    Website: www.dogssa.com.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Tasmania:
    Dogs Tasmania
    (Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
    The Rothman Building
    PO Box 116
    Glenorchy, Tas 7010
    Tel: 03 6272 9443
    Fax: 03 6273 0844
    Website: www.tasdogs.com/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Victoria:
    Dogs Victoria
    (Victorian Canine Association)
    Locked Bag K9
    Cranbourne, Vic 3977
    Tel: 03 9788 2500
    Fax: 03 9788 2599
    Website: www.dogsvictoria.org.au/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Western Australia:
    Dogs West
    (Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
    Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
    Southern River, WA, 6110
    Tel: 08 9455 1188
    Fax: 08 9455 1190
    Website: www.dogswest.com
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)