The Pootalian is a relatively new breed (combination of the Poodle and the Italian Greyhound) who originated from the United States. Other than that, we don't have a lot more information regarding why the breed was created and how it may be used most commonly today. Because of this we need to take a look at each individual parent breed in order to get some idea as of why the Pootalian makes a great dog as a result of this combination. What makes him so special? Why did people think to combine these two parent breeds together? Both of these questions can be answered by observing the parent breeds' origins. The Italian Greyhound is a sleek, energetic little breed that originated around 2,000 years ago in Greece and Turkey. Always alert and ready to snuggle into someone's lap, the Italian Greyhound has made a name for himself as a faithful companion dog. Way back in the 18th century, the little sighthound became especially popular in Italy, hence why he is so lovingly named the "Italian Greyhound". There, the breed was commonly used as a loving house pet and favored subject of many famous art piece; not to mention easily stealing his way into the hearts of many royal families throughout the generations. Today, the Italian Greyhound is prized for his elegance and gentlemanly (or womanly) manner. The adorable face and perky ears make them hard to resist and they are still faithful companions to this day. The Poodle is a breed that is thought to have originated in Germany as a water retriever. Their classic show cut was first used to keep their joints and torso warm during the winter months, while also removing the hassle of any longer hair that could get matted and tangled from being outdoors often. With three different variations of size - standard, toy, and miniature- the Poodle managed to cover a wide range of talents from hunting to performing in the circus. These curly haired dogs quickly became popular in places like England and Spain due to these quirky traits, but the place where Poodles were loved the most was France. King Louise XVI just couldn't get enough of Poodles and eventually, the breed became known as France's national dog. Thanks to this adoration in France, Poodles became the companion dogs that we know and love today; remaining one of the top ranked dogs around the world when it comes to overall popularity.