Italian Greyhounds: what about character?

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I am often asked: "what character do they have?" Our site does not want to be the usual site made up only of puppies, and photos in Expo but we want to share with you our great passion for Piccolo Levriero Italiano, describe in our articles the thousand aspects of these dogs and help you understand if this breed is really for you.

Piccolo Levriero Italiano Paola Marinangeli
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We know the breed well, because all our dogs live in the house with us, they are an integral part of the family. The puppies we choose to keep, as well as their parents, grandparents or great-grandparents, stay with us for life. Please, DO NOT ASK US FOR OUR ADULTS IN ADOPTION, because we don't have the habit of giving away “mares” at “end of career” (horrible terms that don't even belong to us!). All our dogs are an integral part of our family, and as such they participate in full family life. Would you give away a family member? DHere is some information about the breed, character and management. 
Il Piccolo Levriero Italiano, often cited also with the abbreviation "PLI", is the smallest representative of group 10, that is the group of greyhounds. It is a very ancient breed, already present in the pharaonic courts of ancient Egypt. From about the XNUMXth century BC, it arrived in Italy where it was soon appreciated in the court of the nobles. For the breed standard I refer you to “Il Piccolo Levriero Italiano - Comment on the FCI standard "  , written by Bitte Ahrens, with the collaboration of Pierluigi Primavera and Marcello Poli Translations by Pierluigi Primavera & Marcello Poli. On behalf of ENCI, March 2018

cup with greyhound

It would be easy to think this dog. looking so thin, it is only a delicate lap dog but beware of this appearance: it is not a "dwarf greyhound" or a "mini greyhound", which has only the appearance of the greyhound, as many people believe. Actually the Piccolo Levriero Italiano he is a very active dog, who gladly accompanies his human friend in everyday activities. My dogs love to travel by car and camper, run on the beach or in the green hills of my area, walk and be admired, but also dig holes in the garden (to make a mole envy), chase lizards in the garden, watch over. the herd of buffaloes of my mother-in-law's neighbor and so on and so forth.

Little Italian Greyhounds: how are they temperamentally?

courageous piccolo levriero italiano

The PLI is a dog extremely attached to his human friend, he loves climbing in his arms, giving passionate kisses (they have an exceptional aim!) It is not a breed suitable for those who do not like to have their dog always on, like a "mussel" . In short, let's face it: the PLI is a glue dog! He loves the heat and if you really don't want him to sleep in your bed (they sleep strictly UNDER the duvet and strangely never suffocate ...), put some fleece blankets or a duvet in his basket, he will appreciate it very much. To this I would add the discourse on the needs of the dog: it is often said that this breed is not easy to educate to be clean at home and that they tend to dirty. Physiologically, small breed dogs have a faster metabolism, compared to larger breeds. This is why they are unable to restrain themselves for many hours as large dogs could easily do. To this is added their innate aversion to cold temperatures and rain, a condition that certainly does not make the task easier! I recommend you read the article 10 reasons NOT to choose a Piccolo Levriero Italiano, article written with a lot of irony but not too much, you know what I mean! Before contacting us to ask for a puppy, I invite you to read it carefully. 

female piccolo levriero italiano

As I have already mentioned, they hate going out when it rains or is very cold; they would much prefer to stay curled up in the warmth in the kennel and manage very well to pity the human friend; in fact, despite having put the new coat on our little one, the human friend sees that the poor, trembling creature seems to have no intention of peeing or poo and so, for the sake of the little one, of course, he decides to go back home very soon, where the little monster will be happy to give you a wonderful still life consisting of a pond and a mound, perfectly centered on the new carpet of your living room, then leaving happy, wagging its tail and not at all shaking!

puppy of piccolo levriero italiano

If you decide to take a piccolo levriero italiano it is not recommended to leave it alone for many hours a day; they are very sensitive, they hate loneliness and are able to "get sick of melancholy" as well as punish you, for leaving him all alone for the whole day, with poop and pee scattered all over the house You could fix it, taking 2 PLI, they love having the company of the same race and waiting for the human friend to return home will be less sad with a friend to play with.

Italian Greyhounds: what about character?

I think that the Little Italian Greyhounds are temperamentally adorable: they become your shadow and in practice they live for you, for your every look, for your every caress and all this they do without losing their greyhound dignity. They make you laugh or move, sometimes they make you terribly angry but when they look at you with those deep and dark eyes they manage to be forgiven immediately. They love YOU and don't wag their tails at the first comer. These little elves thus create a beautiful, close and confidential relationship with their human friend. It often happens that they do not like being caressed by strangers, Many PLI are selective and allow pampering only to a select few. It is up to us to get them used, from an early age, to being around people and other dogs. But let's not force them to socialize with the neighbor's English Bulldog, as I wrote above, the Piccolo levriero Italiano generally he prefers to make friends with other representatives of his own race.

cheerful little Italian greyhounds

What are your PLIs like? You can leave your testimony in the comments, it will certainly be useful to other people who intend to approach the breed.


Author: Valeria Lupavaro

Certified dog trainer ENCI dog trainer See all articles by Valeria Lupavaro

6 thoughts on "Little Italian Greyhounds: how are they temperamentally"

  1. The Little Italian Greyhounds are special .. little BIG dogs, they are greyhounds in all respects but with something different from other greyhound breeds they know how to INVOLVE YOU, they know how to fill your life, you're right Valeria, they know how to make you smile ... sometimes a little angry but like few other races they manage to touch the deepest strings of the heart, to make you feel the center of their universe and they know how to become so important in our life. Each has its own character, to my third PLI I can say how different they are temperamentally but .. they all have the common special way of 'loving' to show affection and that sweet cunning that makes them fully deserve the nickname of 'elves'. They know how to caress your soul with the light breath of their elegant and discreet step ... with the depth of their expressive eyes that have a thousand shades to make you understand what ... they think ... what they feel, just caress them, hold them in your arms or just be enchanted in front of you to their grace and beauty… all this is enough to make you feel really good… and that's why you can't live without a Greyhound. I write this comment, I have just finished completing a painting and he… .Winnie is sitting next to me… dozing hugged to a pink rabbit, one of his favorite puppets, every now and then he opens his eyes to see if they are there…. .and I can not help but be enchanted by her beauty, get lost in her eyes and caress her 'gold-colored' mantle

  2. Iggys are a unique breed. They are not meant to be alone long periods of time. They are like an attachment :) right by your side. They do best with reward training. I give mine a treat everytime she goes out and potties for me. Also have a pad at night because it is hard for them to make it. They do best on a schedule :) I feed mine around the same time every day.
    They like to go for about 20 to 30 minutes walks twice a day. They are an amazing dog. Mine likes to go for car rides too. I agree they love blankets and to curl up under them. If you put time into them you get the reward of their companionship. She is buddies with my cat too.

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