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  • The Italian Greyhound was brought to Europe by the Phoenicians when it was later developed by the Romans. This breed was a favorite by Catherine the Great of Russia. This breed is now most commonly seen in a family environment, as a companion.
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  • Evidence of dogs resembling the Italian greyhound can be found in art dating nearly 2,000 years ago from Turkey, Greece and other areas around the Mediterranean. By the Middle Ages, miniaturized greyhounds could be found throughout southern Europe, but they found special favor...
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  • Archaeologists have found IG bones throughout Southern Europe in the areas that are now Greece and Turkey, and researchers believe that the dogs were bred as companions to nobility. Owning one became a status symbol in Italy during the Renaissance, and many paintings from that time period depict dogs that look exactly like the breed we know today.


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