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The smallest of the sighthounds, the Italian Greyhound is a tiny member of the toy group with an enormous personality. Rich in history, the breed originated nearly 2,000 years ago in the Mediterranean. Today, the Italian Greyhound is a popular choice for companionship and is also a skillful hunter of small game. In fact, the energetic Italian Greyhound can reach speeds of up to 25 miles per hour when on a chase, making this pint size breed a trusty jogging partner.

The remarkably high predator drive of the Italian Greyhound makes this toy breed a wildly successful hunter in small game, though the affectionate Italian Greyhound is most commonly chosen as a companion for families and elderly adults today. Additionally, the Italian Greyhound is highly alert and possessive over his family, making him an outstanding watch dog.