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In 1820, the Italian greyhound was one of only two toy breeds mentioned in a book about dogs.
The Italian greyhound continued to find favor, reaching her peak during the reign of Queen Victoria.
By the Middle Ages, miniaturized greyhounds could be found throughout southern Europe, but they found special favor with Italian courtiers.
The breed came to England in the 17th century, quickly becoming as popular with nobility there as they had been in their Italian homeland.
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The Italian greyhound has been around for many centuries, but exactly how and when this miniaturized greyhound was developed has been lost in time.
Evidence of dogs resembling the Italian greyhound can be found in art dating nearly 2,000 years ago from Turkey, Greece and other areas around the Mediterranean.
Our cut-off date is around mid-1970 although we have included a few which have a direct historical link back to the period we cover.
Most were older than me as they had been riding pre-war and I think some had bikes that Dennis had ridden in his heyday.
As I did more and more research I began to visualise a book describing Dennis's feats in the decade or so before WWII and I am taking the liberty of promoting the resulting book which is being published by Adrian Bell of Mousehold Press.
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Since then, the Italian greyhound has risen gradually in popularity and is now enjoying a second renaissance.