Italian Greyhound


The Italian Greyhound has a very unique appearance. Its body is very lean and delicate. The head and muzzle are both long. The facial features are dark. The nose, in particular, is very prominent. When looking at the breedтАЩs profile, the well-sprung rib cage is noticeable. Its neck is long, elegant, and transitions to a back that is arched. Its legs are very straight. The chest is not very wide, but is deep. The back legs are angled to give the breed speed and agility. Its coat is short and smooth.


The Italian Greyhound is a good household pet, but is probably not suitable for a home where there is little interaction with people. The breed can be sensitive and should not exist in environments where there is a high-traffic of people. It is more suitable for a quiet household. It gets along with other dogs and pets that may exist in the home, as long as the other pets are not intimidating. This breed should be trained early to eliminate any behavioral problems. Training should be gentle so that the breed does not become timid. The breed should not be left alone with young children since they are often unpredictable and may cause harm to the breed or cause it to become defensive.

Height and Weight

The Italian Greyhound stands about 12-15 inches and only weighs about 6-10 pounds.

Health Problems

Health problems do not typically bother the Italian Greyhound until it reaches adulthood. Younger types are susceptible to breaks. As it matures, the Italian Greyhound may develop Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), and epilepsy.

Ideal Living Conditions

Many breeds are not suitable for small living conditions, such as an apartment. The Italian Greyhound is an exception. The breed is active whether it lives indoors or outdoors. Outdoor types should have proper protection from the cold. In addition, a tall, well-built fence is a must if the Italian Greyhound is kept outdoors. The breed has a tremendous amount of power for jumping fences. Indoor types are very active and may cause damage to property if the breed is not trained properly.


The Italian Greyhound is an energetic breed. The breed will obtain a significant amount of exercise it needs from play. This is especially true if other dogs exist in the home. The breed has the endurance for running or jogging, but walking is recommended instead because it is less traumatic on the bones.

Life Expectancy

The Italian Greyhound typically lives 12-15 years.

Litter Size

The average litter size of the Italian Greyhound is 3-5 puppies.


The short and smooth coat of the Italian Greyhound is very easy to maintain. Brushing may prove to be too harsh for the coat. Rubbing the coat with a towel or cloth will keep the coat in good shape. This only needs to be done a few times a week. Shedding is not a problem with this breed.


The Italian Greyhound is an origin similar to that of the Greyhound.




The coat of the Italian Greyhound is a solid color of light brown, gray, ivory, red, blue, or brown. The coat typically features white markings on the chest and feet.