Potsdam Greyhound

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Potsdam Greyhound
OriginItaly, Germany
Breed statusExtinct. Not recognized as a standardized breed by any major kennel club.
Height 51–51 cm (20–20 in)
Coat Short, smooth, and fine
Color fawn, bronze, blue, silver grey, black
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Potsdam Greyhound is a dog breed from Italy. Later on, it was bred by Frederick the Great in Potsdam Palace, Germany - hence the name. Unlike the other sighthounds that were originally bred for hunting by sight, this breed was always solely a companion dog.[1]


The breed was related to the Italian Greyhound. It was brought from Italy to Germany, where it was originally bred by Frederick the Great in Brandenburg. He was so fond of these dogs that they were kept only in his palace, never being sold out to elsewhere. After his death the countess Marie Munster adopted the remaining two individuals. She started breeding with this couple and a little later the breed was also found in England and Ireland. The Potsdam Greyhound became extinct shortly after the beginning of the 20th century.[1]


The Potsdam Greyhound was an elegant dog with a smooth, fine coat. It was larger than the Italian Greyhound, but smaller than the English Greyhound - the average height being 51 cm. The colour was either fawn, bronze, blue, silver grey or black.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Morris, D. Dogs - The Ultimate Dictionary of over 1000 Dog Breeds, p. 519-520. Trafalgar Square, North Pomfret, Vermont: 2008.