Italian greyhound: His Italian name is Piccolo Levriero Italiano, but it's much easier to refer to him simply as an Italian Greyhound. As slender and glamorous as an Italian runway model, this small, short-haired breed may have originated in the Middle East.
Bolognese: Toy-sized Bolognese, sometimes known as Bichon Bolognese, are similar in appearance to Bichon, Havanese, and other fluffy dog breeds. They originated in Bologna, northern Italy.
Bracco Italiano (Italian pointer): Bracchi Italiani, who have been prized as hunting dogs since the ancient Roman era, are friendly, smart, medium-sized dogs with a strong hunting instinct—just watch one "on point" to understand.
Spinone Italiano: Their wiry coats were designed to retrieve animals from the dense underbrush of the Italian macchia (bush). However, Spinoni are equally content fetching a ball thrown in a gated backyard and then returning inside to cool off.
Maremma sheepdog: The Maremma sheepdog, known as Pastore Maremmano in Italian, is still a working dog in Italy, protecting his sheep herds and boldly confronting wolves and the occasional passing car.
Lagotto Romagnola: These curly-haired puppies, coming from the Emilia-Romagna area of northern Italy, have a unique ability. Because of their extremely sensitive noses, they are regarded as the best breed for truffle hunting.
Cane Corso: Cane Corsos, which were bred by the ancient Romans as guard and battle dogs, retain their menacing demeanour. These large dogs are all muscle and can weigh up to 120 pounds.