Italian Sighthound

FCI standard Nº 200

Origin
Italy
Translation
Mrs. Peggy Davis.
Revised by ENCI and Renée Sporre-Willes / Original version : (EN)
Group
Group 10 Sighthounds
Section
Section 3 Short-haired sighthounds
Working
Without working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Monday 22 October 1956
Publication of the official valid standard
Friday 13 November 2015
Last update
Thursday 17 December 2015
En français, cette race se dit
Petit lévrier italien
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Italienisches Windspiel
En español, esta raza se dice
Pequeño lebrel italiano
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Italiaans Windhondje
In his country of origin, his name is

Piccolo Levriero Italiano

Usage

Racing dog.

Brief historical summary

The little Italian Greyhound descends from small-sized sighthounds which already existed in ancient Egypt at the court of the Pharaohs. Passing through Laconie (Greece), where numerous representations on vases and bowls confirm this, the breed arrived in Italy at the outset of the 5th century BC. Its greatest development occurred during the era of the Renaissance at the court of the nobles. It is not rare to find the Italian Greyhound represented in the paintings of the greatest Italian and foreign masters.

General appearance

Of slender appearance, its body fits into a square. Although of a small size, it fully characterises a miniature sighthound; the prototype of refinement and elegance. May be considered as a model of grace and distinction.

Important proportions

Its length is equal to or only just inferior to the height at the withers.
Length of skull is equal to half the length of the head.
Length of head can reach 40% of the height at the withers.

Behaviour / temperament

Lively, affectionate, docile.

Head

Cranial region

Head
Of elongated shape and narrow.
Skull
Flat with the superior axes of the skull and muzzle parallel. Length of the skull is equal to half the length of the head, which has slightly rounded sides. Lower orbital region well chiselled. Muscles of the head must not show any heavy appearance. Marked eyebrow bones. Not prominent occiput. Only slightly marked median depression. 
Stop
Frontal nasal depression only very slightly marked.

Facial region

Nose
Of a dark colour, preferably black with well opened nostrils.
Muzzle
Tapered.
Lips
Thin and tight, with edges of lips very darkly pigmented.
Jaws and teeth
Jaws elongated with well aligned incisors crown shape, strong in relation to size of dog. Teeth sound and complete, set square to the jaws; scissor bite.
Cheeks
Lean.
Eyes
Large, roundish, and expressive, sub-frontally positioned, neither deep-set nor protruding. Iris of dark colour, eyerims pigmented.
Ears
Set very high, small, with fine cartilage, folded in itself and carried well back on the nape and upper part of the neck. When the dog is attentive, the base of the ear is erected and the lobe tends to stand out laterally on the horizontal, position commonly known as “flying ears” or “propeller ears”.

Neck

The nape is slightly arched and broken at its base towards the withers. The throat line is slightly convex. Neck length equal to that of the head. Shaped like a truncated cone, well muscled. Skin lean without dewlap.

Body

Body
Its length is equal to, or barely inferior to the height at the withers.
Topline
Straight profile with slightly arched dorsal-lumbar region. The lumbar curve merging harmoniously into the line of the rump.
Withers
Quite well defined with closely placed top of shoulders.
Back
Straight, well muscled.
Croup
Very sloping, wide and muscled.
Chest
Narrow, solid but elegantly modelled with slight spring of ribs. Deep, let down to the elbows.
Underline and belly
The rather short sternal arch is accentuated and rises without abruptness to the belly.

Tail

Low set, fine even at base, tapering progressively to its tip. It is carried low and straight in its first half, the 2nd half curved. Stretched it should reach the top of the hock. Covered with short hair.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
On the whole straight and vertical with lean muscles.
Shoulders
Very slightly sloping with well developed, long lean and salient muscles.
Upper arm
With a very open scapular-humeral angle parallel to the median plane of the body. The upper arm is slightly longer than the shoulderblade.
Elbows
Neither out nor tied-in at elbows.
Forearm
Straight. Refined bone structure, flat and lean; in perfect vertical position as much from the front as in profile. Well evident furrow from the carpus to the elbow. Length from ground to elbow, just slightly more than the length from elbow to the withers.
Pastern
Dry. Seen in profile it is slightly bent.
Forefeet
Of almost oval shape, small, with arched and closely knit toes. Not voluminous pads, pigmented. Nails black or dark according to coat colour or that of the feet, where white is tolerated.

Hindquarters

Generality
Well angulated. Seen from behind on the whole straight and parallel.
Upper thigh
Long, lean, not voluminous, with very distinct muscles.
Lower thigh
Very sloping, with refined bone structure and well apparent groove in leg muscle. They are a little longer than upper thighs.
Metatarsus
Seen from behind, must be parallel.
Hind feet
Less oval than the forefeet, with arched and closely knit toes; not voluminous pads and nails pigmented like forefeet.

Gait and movement

Springy, harmonious, slightly raised trot, covering the ground. This means that the front legs must be moved forward with good reach and with slightly lifted and bent pasterns. Gallop fast with sharp spring.

Skin

Fine and tight on all parts of the body except for the elbows where it is slightly less tight.

Coat

Hair
The hair is short, silky and fine all over the body without the slightest trace of fringes.
Colour
Self-coloured in black, grey, and isabella (pale yellowish/beige) in all possible shades. White is tolerated only on the chest and feet.

Size and weight

Height at withers
Males and females from 32 to 38 cms.
Weight
Males and females: maximum 5 kgs.

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 upon the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

General faults

 Continuous ambling.
 Hackney movement.
 Movement close to the ground with short steps.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy.
 Accentuated convergence or divergence of the facial-cranial axes.
 Nose totally or half de-pigmented.
 Nasal bridge concave or convex.
 Overshot or undershot bite.
 Wall eye; total de-pigmentation of eyerims.
 Tail carried over the back; anury or short tail, whether congenital or artificial.
 Dewclaws.
 Multicoloured coat; white except in chest and feet as mentioned above.
 Size below 32 cms or over 38 cms, as well in males as in females.
 Overshot bite.
 Chryptorchidism; unilateral

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

http://www.fci.be/

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