The Miniature Greyhound is also known as the Italian Greyhound. They are part of the sighthound (gazehound) group that also includes similar breeds such as the Whippet, Saluki, Borzoi, and of course, their larger counterparts the Greyhound.
It is not clear as to where the Miniature Italian originated. Some believe ancient Egypt, 6,000 years ago, since evidence of a mummified dog with similar physical characteristics has been found in Egyptian Tombs.
However, evidence of Miniature Greyhounds has also been located in the regions of Turkey and Greece, some 2,000 years ago.
But regardless of where these little dogs originated, one thing is for sure: they were a highly coveted breed of those in power since they are often seen in paintings with noble and aristocratic families.
Although Miniature Greyhounds were used for hunting small game such as rabbits and other rodents, they were more commonly seen sitting on the laps of royals.