Mummies of elegant dogs, similar to the greyhound inMiniatures (levretki), found during the excavation of many tombs in North Africa. And their images in Egyptian wall paintings and bas-reliefs date back to the 6th millennium BC.
In ancient Egypt, dogs similar to modernWas raised at the court of the pharaohs. It is assumed that they came from Egypt to Greece, and from there to other European countries. There is historical evidence that Queen Cleopatra has presented several puppies of the Lionetke as a gift to Caesar. In the Middle Ages, these mini borzois were spread among the Italian nobility.
However, in other countries, too, theA breed of the rich and noble. Too graceful smooth-haired dog had no practical value in the farm, but its refinement and refinement were a perfect addition to the appearance of a secular lioness. Lionretki became, probably, one of the first dogs used as companions. Although some noble ladies occasionally entertained themselves and their levreets with rabbit hunting. It is believed that the name of the breed came from the French word lievre - "hare". Among the famous pasties of the past - the famous Zemir, favorite of Catherine II.
In our time, graceful levreets have ceased to be a privilege of the nobility
Despite the external fragility, the left-handedSufficiently hardy and tireless. Like all greyhounds, they will gladly run in open territories, and with great speed. And if a small pet is found in the area, which can be chased, it will be only to wonder why there is so much power and energy in such an almost disembodied body.
Lionretki require increased attention in childhood. When the puppy is growing, you can not allow him to make sudden movements and jumps, this can disrupt the correct formation of the backbone. Adult dogs are unpretentious. The only sadness of the lefties in our northern regions is the cold. Therefore, in inclement weather, her walk in a special cuff, then the dog probably does not catch a cold.
A big plus of this breed is incredibleCleanliness and absence of a characteristic smell. They are very affectionate, smart and easy to train. If the owner of the levretka is a gambler, then he can take part in the dog races with his pet - both will enjoy it. The laurels are famous for the speeds that they develop at short distances. (See photos of other breeds of dogs)