This is a loveable dog that loves to snuggle, partly out of affection and partly out of its need to keep warm. The Italian Greyhound can take time to bond but will be an excellent companion once the friendship is well established. Owners need to be aware that this breed is intelligent enough to take liberties, if allowed to do so. Despite the Italian Greyhound's diminutive stature, one must be firm in training.
It is believed that the Italian Greyhound originated in Egypt. Mummified dogs very similar to today's breed have been found in the tombs of the Pharaohs. The Romans brought the breed to the Mediterranean area in the 6th century B.C. where it became a favorite of Greek and Roman nobility. The dog reached the height of its popularity in the 16th and 17th centuries. Famous owners of this breed include Mary Queen of Scots, Charles I, Frederick the Great and Queen Victoria. The Italian Greyhound was the first dog bred primarily for companionship.