Italian Greyhound

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Italian Greyhound

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Official Breed Standard of the Kennel Union of Southern Africa

GENERAL APPEARANCE
A Greyhound in miniature, more slender in all proportions.

CHARACTERISTICS
Elegant, graceful and quick moving.

TEMPERAMENT
Intelligent, affectionate and vivacious; may appear aloof.

HEAD AND SKULL
Skull long, flat and narrow; slight stop. Muzzle fine and long. Nose dark in colour.

EYES
Rather large, bright; full of expression.

EARS
Rose shaped, placed well back, soft and fine, not pricked.

MOUTH
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth even.  

NECK
Long, gracefully arched.

FOREQUARTERS
Shoulders long and sloping. Legs straight; well set under shoulders; fine, strong bone and pasterns.

BODY
Chest deep and narrow. Good length of rib and brisket. Back slightly arched over loin.

HINDQUARTERS
Long, well muscled thigh; hind legs parallel when viewed from behind; well bent stifle, hocks well let down.

FEET
Hare feet.

TAIL
Low set, long, fine, carried low.

GAIT/MOVEMENT
High stepping and free action. Front and hindlegs to move forward in a straight line with propulsion from behind.

COAT
Skin fine and supple. Hair, short, fine and glossy.

COLOUR
Black, blue, cream, fawn, red, white or any of these colours broken with white.  White dogs may be broken with one of these colours. Black or blue with tan markings, or brindle not acceptable.

SIZE
Ideal Height 32 - 38 cms (12½-15 ins) at withers. Ideal Weight 3.6 – 4.5kgs (8-10 lbs). Overall type and elegance essential.

FAULTS
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect on health & welfare of the dog

NOTE
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Copyright Kennel Club, London 9/2000

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FCI (200) Group 10

Fedco 12-2014/NP/Updated 19.01.15

Most recent changes to this Standard has an effective date of 02.04.2015