The Italian Greyhound (in Italian: Piccolo Levriero Italiano) is a small breed of dog of the sight hound type, sometimes called an "I.G." or an "Iggy".
Links to Breed Descriptions
ENCI: Comments to the FCI Standard (English): http://www.circolodelpiccololevrieroitaliano.it/images/Comment to the standard (2).pdf
See more at... http://www.circolodelpiccololevrieroitaliano.it/commento-allo-standard.html
GRAINS (Sweden): Domarkompendium framtaget till Svenska Vinthundklubbens domarkonferens 2022 (Swedish)
AKC Video (link - https://youtu.be/wQfC0uEUfjU
View more videos on AKC's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AmericanKennelClub
Other Names for Breed
Italian Greyhound (Piccolo levriero italiano)
Piccolo levriero italiano
Pequeño Lebrel italiano
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Circolo del Piccolo Levriero Italiano: http://www.circolodelpiccololevrieroitaliano.it/
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
Health articles are available from The Italian Greyhound Club of America.
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds. This breed has information on Veterinary Care.
2. Finland: Koiranet Database: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?R=200
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 1)
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: JTO: Jalostuksen tavoiteohjelma päivitys 2022-2026 Italianvintkoira: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/RotuPDF.ashx?R=200&T=2
US: Genetic Diversity in Italian Greyhounds: http://italiangreyhound.org/index.php/ig-health/genetic-diversity-in-italian-greyhounds/
Links to articles and other IG health resources and information including including genetic disease studies and health testing.
Finland: Health surveys conducted every three years survey diseases and their prevalence - see the 2020 Survey (Finnish)
US: 2012 Italian Greyhound Club of America/VARI National Health Survey
Report of a Survey on Health Problems in Italian Greyhounds
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages
Health Lecture Videos
A search for genetic diversity among Italian Greyhounds from Continental Europe and the USA and the effect of inbreeding on susceptibility to autoimmune disease
(Full article available on BioMed Central -- Canine Genetics and Epidemiology)
It was concluded that artificial genetic bottlenecks have concentrated numerous genetic polymorphisms responsible for autoimmune disease and that these risk factors did not originate in a specific individual or bloodline of the breed. Rather, they were of ancestral origin in both purebred and random bred dogs and inherited by descent. Italian Greyhound breeders in the USA have several options to improve breed health: 1) breed against homozygosity within the genome and in the DLA region, 2) avoid breeding dogs that have suffered an autoimmune disorder, 3) increase diversity by incorporating the genetic differences that exist in IG from Continental Europe, or 4) outcross to other small sighthound breeds. The latter two approaches must be undertaken with care to avoid introduction of new deleterious traits and to maximize retention and dissemination of new genetic diversity."
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Italy: Circolo del Piccolo Levriero Italiano: http://www.circolodelpiccololevrieroitaliano.it/
UK: The Italian Greyhound Society UK: Health page: http://www.italiangreyhoundsocietyuk.com/23342798
US: The Italian Greyhound Club of America: http://italiangreyhound.org/
Finland: Suomen Italiaanot ja Cirnecot ry: https://sicry.fi/: https://sicry.fi/
Sweden: Svenska Vinthundklubben: https://www.svvk.se/
France: Le Club Français du Petit Lévrier Italien: https://www.centrale-canine.fr/club-francais-du-petit-levrier-italien