FCI-Standard N° 200 FCI-St. N° 200 / 17.12.2015
PICCOLO LEVRIERO ITALIANO
TRANSLATION: Mrs. Peggy Davis. Revised by ENCI and Renée
Sporre-Willes / Official language (EN).
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD: 13.11.2015.
UTILIZATION: Racing dog.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION: Group 10 Sighthounds. Section 3 Shorthaired sighthounds. Without working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The little Italian Sighthound
descends from small-sized sighthounds that already existed in
ancient Egypt at the court of the Pharaohs. Passing through Laconie
(Greece), where numerous representations on vases and bowls
confirm this, the breed arrived in Italy at the outset of the 5th century
BC. Its greatest development occurred during the era of the
Renaissance at the court of the nobles. It is not rare to find the Italian
Sighthound represented in the paintings of the greatest Italian and
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Of slender appearance, its body fits
into a square. Although of a small size, it fully characterizes a
miniature sighthound, the prototype of refinement and elegance. May
be considered as a model of grace and distinction.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: The length is equal to or only just
inferior to the height at the withers. Length of skull is equal to half
the length of the head. Length of head can reach 40% of the height at
BEHAVIOUR/TEMPERAMENT: Lively, affectionate, docile.
HEAD: Of elongated shape and narrow.
Skull: Flat with the superior axes of the skull and muzzle parallel.
Length of the skull is equal to half the length of the head, which has
slightly rounded sides. Lower orbital region well chiselled. Muscles
of the head must not show any heavy appearance. Marked eyebrow
bones. Not prominent occiput. Only slightly marked median
Stop: Frontal nasal depression only very slightly marked.
Nose: Of a dark colour, preferably black with well-opened nostrils.
Lips: Thin and tight, with edges of lips very darkly pigmented.
Jaws/Teeth: Jaws elongated with well-aligned incisors crown shape,
strong in relation to size of dog. Teeth sound and complete set square
to the jaws; scissor bite.
Eyes: Large, roundish, and expressive, sub-frontally positioned,
neither deep-set nor protruding. Iris of dark colour, eye rims
Ears: Set very high, small, with fine cartilage, folded in itself and
carried well back on the nape and upper part of the neck. When the
dog is attentive, the base of the ear is erected and the lobe tends to
stand out laterally on the horizontal, position commonly known as
“flying ears” or “propeller ears”.
NECK: The nape is slightly arched and broken at its base towards
the withers. The throat line is slightly convex. Neck length equal to
that of the head. Shaped like a truncated cone, well muscled. Skin
lean without dewlap.
BODY: The length is equal to, or barely inferior to the height at the
Topline: Straight profile with slightly arched dorsal-lumbar region.
The lumbar curve is merging harmoniously into the line of the rump.
Withers: Quite well defined with closely placed top of shoulders.
Back: Straight, well muscled.
Loin: Slightly arched.
Croup: Very sloping, wide and muscled.
Chest: Narrow, solid but elegantly modelled with slight spring of
ribs. Deep, let down to the elbows.
Underline and belly: The rather short sternal arch is accentuated and
rises without abruptness to the belly.
TAIL: Low set, fine even at base, tapering progressively to its tip. It
is carried low and straight in its first half, the second half curved.
Stretched it should reach the top of the hock. Covered with short
General appearance: On the whole straight and vertical with lean
Shoulder: Very slightly sloping with well developed, long lean and
Upper arm: With a very open scapulo-humeral angle parallel to the
median plane of the body. The upper arm is slightly longer than the
Elbow: Neither out nor tied-in at elbows.
Forearm: Straight. Refined bone structure, flat and lean; in perfect
vertical position as much from the front as in profile. Well evident
furrow from the carpus to the elbow. Length from ground to elbow,
just slightly more than the length from elbow to the withers.
Metacarpus (Pastern): Dry. Seen in profile it is slightly bent.
Forefeet: Of almost oval shape, small, with arched and closely knit
toes. Not voluminous pads, pigmented. Nails black or dark according
to coat colour or that of the feet, where white is tolerated.
General appearance: Well angulated. Seen from behind on the whole
straight and parallel.
Thigh: Long, lean, not voluminous, with very distinct muscles.
Stifle (Knee): Solid and firm.
Lower thigh: Very sloping, with refined bone structure and well
apparent groove in leg muscle. A little longer than thigh.
Metatarsus (Rear pastern): Seen from behind, must be parallel.
Hind feet: Less oval than the forefeet, with arched and closely knit
toes; not voluminous pads and nails pigmented like forefeet.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Springy, harmonious, slightly raised trot,
covering the ground. This means that the front legs must be moved
forward with good reach and with slightly lifted and bent pasterns.
Gallop fast with sharp spring.
SKIN: Fine and tight on all parts of the body except for the elbows
where it is slightly less tight.
Hair: The hair is short, silky and fine all over the body without the
slightest trace of fringes.
Colour: Self-coloured in black, grey, and isabella (pale
yellowish/beige) in all possible shades. White is tolerated only on the
chest and feet.
SIZE AND WEIGHT:
Height at the withers: Males and females from 32 to 38 cm.
Weight: Males and females: maximum 5 kg.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault
and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be
in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare
of the dog.
-Movement close to the ground with short steps.
-Aggressive or overly shy.
-Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
-Accentuated convergence or divergence of the facial-cranial axes.
-Nose totally or half de-pigmented.
-Nasal bridge concave or convex.
-Overshot or undershot bite.
-Wall eye; total de-pigmentation of eyerims.
-Tail carried over the back; anury or short tail, whether congenital
-Multi-coloured coat; white except in chest and feet as mentioned
-Size below 32 cm or over 38 cm, as well in males as in females.
-Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.
-Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical
conformation should be used for breeding.