The Italian Grey Min Pin has not been around long enough to have a history so you need to check out the backgrounds of the Italian Greyhound and Miniature Pinschers. The Italian Greyhound is an ancient breed that is the smallest sighthound and is actually considered to be miniature. According to records, there is artwork from the ancient Egyptians that shows the Italian Greyhound dog, confirming they have been around for thousands of years. The name Greyhound was mentioned in the Bible and has nothing to do with the color grey but actually stands for fair dog. The breed comes from the Old English Grighund and was brought to Europe by a Mediterranean group of people called Phoenicians to be a companion pet. Although these dogs were popular with Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians, it was the Romans who cultivated the breed. The Prussian King Frederick loved his pet Italian Greyhound so much that he was buried right next to him when he died. In the late 19th century, the Italian Greyhound was brought to the United States, where it was acknowledged by the American Kennel Club in 1886. They are now the 72nd most common dog in the United States. The Miniature Pinscher, which is not related to the Doberman Pinscher, is actually a descendent of the German Standard Pinscher, Italian Greyhound, and Dachshund. They originated in Germany in the 1600s, bred to help rid farm homes from rats and mice. Some say they have been around much longer and that there are paintings and other relics from the Renaissance Period depicting the breed. The name Pinscher actually means “biter” and refers to the breed’s habit of biting its prey. However, the Miniature Pinscher is now a very gentle breed that started being shown in dog shows in Germany in 1900 and was noticed by America in 1925, when it was accepted by the American Kennel Club. They are now the 68th most well-liked breed in the United States.