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Dog Breeds That Come From Italy

Updated on July 18, 2017

The Bolonese Dog

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The Bolognese dog is from Italy. They originated during the Renaissance. The rich kept them as pets. King Umberto and Cosimo de Medici would give them to family, dignitaries and friends and presents.

The Bolognese resembles the Bichon Frise, but they are very different in many ways. The Bolognese is not as active or friendly as the Bichon Frise. They are calmer around the house. They are very attached to their family.

The Bolognese will weigh 9 to 11 pounds and be 10 to 12 inches tall. They are a toy breed with long fluffy white hair. They have a tail that is plumed and is carried over their back. They are a beautiful and friendly dog.

The like the outdoors and love to take afternoon walks and hikes in parks. They like to play fetch. They will get upset and bored if they do not get a lot of attention and loving.

They love to lay around the house with their family. They need to have a walk every day to stay healthy and happy. They like to run around in an open area.

The Cane Corso Mastiff

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The Cane Corso Mastiff is a member of the working dog group. They are great dogs for children. They are great guard and watchdogs.

The Cane Corso Mastiff will weigh 80 to 140 pounds and be 22 to 28 inches tall. They are brown, red, chocolate, black, brindle, black and tan and reddish and tan.

They are very affectionate and intelligent dogs. They are very loyal and devoted. They like to be near their family at all times. They must be socialized and trained when they are young. They will protect their family and home. They will sometimes get aggressive with strangers and other dogs.

Their hair is short, dense and stiff. You do not have to groom them everyday. They will need an occasional brushing to get rid of the dead hair. They do not shed much.

They will need daily walks. They would like a fenced in back yard to play and run in.

The Italian Greyhound

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The Italian Greyhound dog is a gaze-hound. Gaze-hounds use their sight when they are hunting The Italian Greyhound dog is a very old breed and they were popular in Renaissance Italy. They are portrayed in Many Renaissance period works of art. They are sometimes used to hunt mice, rats and other small creatures.

The Italian Greyhound dog is a true greyhound on much smaller. They are very dainty and small. They move in a gait similar to a horse. They are very agile and can jump very high. They will weigh up to 20 pounds and be 12 to 15 inches tall. There are some that will only weigh 8 pounds. Italian Greyhound dogs should wear a special harness so they do not hurt their fragile body. Their coat is very short so they do not like the cold weather. They will need to wear a jacket or sweater when they go outside. Many people make a potty area for them indoors during the winter months.

They make great companion dogs. They can be very territorial and do not like strangers. They must be socialized when they are young around many people. They are very intelligent and can be mischievous. They can be hard to train because they are so smart and want their way. They must be kept on a leash when they are outside because of their high predator instinct. They are very gentle and loving so they do well with children. The children have to be careful with them be care with them because they are so fragile.

The Spinone Italiano Dog

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The Spinone Italiano dog is a native of Italy. They are not a fast dog, but they are great hunters and retrievers. The Spinone Italiano dog was around before the Renaissance. They are a hunter and friend.

The Spinone Italiano dog has a dense, weatherproof coat. They are usually white, orange and white, brown and white and roan brown. Their tails are sometimes docked. They will usually weigh 62 to 82 pounds and be 23 to 28 inches tall at the shoulder. The Spinone Italiano dog will need to be brushed once a week to keep their coat in good shape.

If the Spinone Italiano dog is kept healthy and happy, they will usually live 12 years.

The will need to be exercised. The Spinone Italiano dogs are great hunters, and they love to swim and run in large open areas. The are hunting dogs so when you take them for walks be sure to keep them on a leash.

When they are indoors, they are loving and affectionate. The are large dogs, but they love to cuddle and have their belly scratched. Thy will not do well if left alone. They love children and are great with all the other family pets. When they are outdoors, they will dig, and they can jump fences.

The Spinone Italiano dog will need to be socialized and trained when the are young.

The Lagotto Romagnolo Dog

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The Lagotto Romagnolo dog dates back to ancient Rome. The Lagotto Romagnolo dog was used in the Romagna area of Italy for hunting in the marshes. They are considered the best dog for finding truffles. They are still used to find truffles. They are also popular as family pets. They will weigh 29 to 35 pounds and are 17 to 19 inches tall.

They will need a lot of brushing. They have a rough, curly coat that will need to be trimmed.

They love to be near their family and get a lot of attention. They will love all of the family members. They are very gentle with children and love to play with them. Their hearing is very good, and they may bark if someone is outside. They usually do less barking as they get older.

They will need long walks on a leash. They will need to be socialized and trained at an early age.

The Neapolitan Mastiff

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The Neapolitan Mastiff dog existed in 3000BC. They were decedents of the Egyptian, Persian and Roman war dogs. Alexander the Great was very fond of the Neapolitan Mastiff dog. Neapolitan Mastiffs are pets, farm dogs and guard dogs all around the world.

A Neapolitan Mastiff dog is large with loose skin that forms wrinkles and folds around their head. Sometimes their ears are cropped. They will usually weigh 110 to 154 pounds and be 23 to 29 inches tall.

The Neapolitan Mastiff dog was bred to be a protector. The Neapolitan Mastiff dog loves their family with a passion and is very devoted and protective of them.

They are very intelligent dogs. They have the ability to determine their family's mood. They must get a lot of attention and love. They must have daily walks and a lot of cuddling. They can be leery of strangers. They love to be with their family, but they will need some alone time. They will drool a lot.

They are a large dog, but they will do well in apartment living if they get plenty of exercise. They are tough dogs, but they prefer to be indoor dogs.

Volpino Italiano Dog

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The Volpino Italiano dog resembles a Pomeranian dog. Some people think they resemble a fox. They are an ancient breed that was popular with common people and nobility.

In Ancient times you would find them being used as watchdogs by farmers on their Tuscan farms. They were small so it was their job to wake up the big dogs when there was a problem. The big dogs would chase off any poachers or wolves that came by.

They are now used as companion dogs. They are a rare breed, but they are getting very popular.

The Cirneco dell Etna Dog

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Not much is known about the Cirneco dell Etna dog breed. It is known that they will need a great deal of attention. If you only have one dog they will want your complete attention. They will want to snuggle with you.

They have very good hunting skills which they will sometimes use at home. They will need space to roam and they can jump very high. If you like the outdoors and taking long walks they will usually be a great dog for you. If you like to relax and let your dog cuddle with you they will be the perfect dog for you.


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