Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (Toy); ANKC (Toys); CKC (Toys); FCI (Sighthounds); KC (Toy); UKC (Companion)


Small.Weight: 8–11 lbs Height: 12.5–15 inches


Short and sleek.


Black, Blue, cream, Fawn, Red, White, or any of these colors broken with White; No Brindle, Black or Blue with Tan markings; All colors and markings acceptable except for Brindle and Tan markings found on Black and Tan dogs; White, Cream, Fawn, Blue, Gray, Black, Red, Chocolate, Bronze, Blue/Fawn, Red/Fawn; May have White markings; No Tan points such as those of Manchester Terrier, Brindle; Black, Gray, Slate, Gray and Yellow

Life Span:

12 to 15 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

Italian Greyhounds may be small but they are full of energy!

Italian Greyhound Overview

Miniature greyhound like dogs have been depicted since Egyptian times. The Romans were the ones to breed the Italian Greyhound to “perfection”, working on a dog that would retain the looks of its larger companions, but have a compact size as a companion animal. The dog quickly became popular and spread across Europe.


Italian Greyhound Characteristics

This greyhound retains the same slender, delicate features of its larger cousins. They have a narrow, long chest, long, slender legs and tail, and a narrow, long snout. They are considered dainty, and come in a variety of colors ranging from almost all gray to various patches of grey, black, white, and even red.


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Italian Greyhound Temperament

Italian Greyhounds quickly and closely bond to their families, however they are delicate and should be watched around children. They can also be reserved around strangers. The best friend of an Italian Greyhound is another Italian Greyhound, someone who can appreciate and handle their delicate nature combined with their playfulness.


Italian Greyhound Care

The average lifespan of this breed is 12 to 15 years,, typical for a toy breed dog. Some breed health concerns include autoimmune disease, epilepsy, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease and hypothyroidism. Their small size also makes them prone to dental issues, luxating patellas and broken bones.


Italian Greyhound Coat

The coat of this breed requires very little care and is easy to groom. Wiping down with a soft cloth helps remove any dead hairs and keep the coat looking shiny and clean. Little brushing or other grooming is required.


Italian Greyhound Training

Short and energetic training sessions make this dog the happiest and helps keep their short attention spans focused on training. They can often have issues with learning some basic house manners, house training one of them. Patience and calm manner is key in ensuring he learns well.


Italian Greyhound Activity

Daily exercise from everyday tasks are enough to meet the exercise needs of this breed. Their dainty nature means simple activities such as a daily walk, or just playtime with the family are enough for them. They will adjust well to any activity level of their family.

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