Paolo is a dog. He is not a deer-dog, neither is he a reindeer. The questions that people ask me about his classification in the animal world are funny or sad, depending on who is posing the question, a child or an adult. He is an Italian Greyhound. That makes him definitely and officially a dog. He barks like dogs do, and he has paws instead of hooves. He runs very fast and probably could keep pace with a deer but that is as far as the comparison holds up.