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The Italian Greyhound Club of Greater Houston, Inc. is a non-profit organization promoting the breeding of purebred Italian Greyhounds with the goal of bringing their natural qualities to perfection. We believe in doing all within our power to protect and advance the interests of the breed, and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows. The Italian Greyhound Club of Greater Houston conducts sanctioned matches and specialty shows several times a year under the rules of the American Kennel Club. IGCGH accepts the standard of the breed as approved by the AKC as the only standard of excellence by which Italian Greyhounds are to be judged.

In addition to encouraging proper breeding practices, IGCGH also helps support IGRF* Rescue through fundraising assistance. Many of our club members are local IGRF Rescue volunteers.

These small sighthounds are known as Italian Greyhounds not because of their geographic origins more than 2,000 years ago, but rather because of their popularity among Italian aristocrats during the Renaissance and their frequent appearance in that period's art and literature. IG's are superb companion dogs, and have been favored by royal families of Europe for centuries. Italian Greyhounds combine the seemingly contradictory traits of being regally elegant, playfully affectionate, and whimsically impish. Although they are extraordinary athletes, IG's thoroughly enjoy being couch-potatoes. We can't help but love these magnificent little creatures.

We hope that you find our website both informative and entertaining. If you have any questions or comments regarding our site or Italian Greyhounds, please feel free to contact us.

*IGRF (Italian Greyhound Rescue Foundation) was founded by the IGCA (Italian Greyhound Club of America) which is the national "parent" club for the breed, and is a separate organization.

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