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Italian Greyhound: The Track Star
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The Italian greyhound is a small version of his cousin, the standard greyhound, and just as fast. Just over a foot tall, this miniature track star can run at top speeds, reaching up to 40 miles per hour, according to author Sam Stall. This lightening fast canine is sleek, athletic and loves to run more than anything.

Before you choose an Italian greyhound as a pet, consider the time commitment this runner requires. According to the Italian Greyhound Club of America, the breed is very playful well beyond his puppy years and requires a lot of attention and daily exercise. He is intelligent, but can be timid around strangers. His fine bone structure and energetic personality may not be a great combination for families with young children, but he does well in families with older children and even gets along with other small dogs or cats that might enjoy playing chase.

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