The Italian Greagle is an ideal cross between both the Italian Greyhound and the Beagle. He possesses the best qualities of both breeds. The Italian Greyhound is considered an ancient breed. This elegant dog's history can be traced back to the Middle Ages. This canine is believed to have originated in Italy. Its diminutive and refined image have been depicted on artwork throughout Greece, Turkey, and other Mediterranean countries. During the 1600s, his popularity spread throughout England and he quickly became a favored pet of the country’s nobility. During World War II, the breed was almost completely annihilated from most of Europe. Luckily, the Italian Greyhound had been introduced into the United States in the 1890s and many of the early canine's descendants remained in the USA. They helped become the breed’s foundation and reintroduced the popular pooch back into Europe. The American Kennel Club recognized the Italian Greyhound in 1886 and it was entered into the Toy Group. Although the Italian Greyhound is extremely fast, it is never used in lure racing. The Beagle’s early history can be traced back to the 5th century B.C. where these small dogs were used to hunt hare and also kept as pets. In the 11th century, the breed’s ancestors were brought to England. Back then, the Beagle was a small canine that could easily fit into a person's coat pocket. Hunters would use the fearless dogs to hunt in the underbrush. Elizabeth l favored the small Beagles and often called them her ‘Singing Beagles’. In the 1830s, Reverend Phillip Honeywood of Essex is believed to have started breeding larger-sized Beagles that are similar to the modern breed's appearance. Beagles were exported into the United States in the 1840s and became popular pets. In 1885, the Beagle was accepted into the Hound Group by the American Kennel Club.
The Italian Greagle is affectionate and extremely loyal. He is a gentle breed who adores his owner. Unlike many small dogs, the Italian Greagle loves children and makes a good child’s companion because he loves playing and is always gentle. He is not overly barky but will notify you if he hears an unknown noise or sees a stranger. Some people might consider him a bit aloof at times, but he is just independent which is makes him an ideal companion if you spend time working away from home because he is not overly needy.
The Italian Greagle needs a daily walk of at least thirty minutes. He is built for speed and is a true athletic hybrid. Ideally, you should have a secure, fenced yard where he can run and enjoy himself. Many owners opt to take their dog to a dog park to have a run and interact with other dogs. He also enjoys a game of fetch. Just like his parent breeds, the Italian Greagle loves to chase anything that moves. In the evening, he is usually happy to snuggle next to his owner if he has received adequate exercise during the day. Ideally, apartment living is not the first choice for the Italian Greagle.