Italian Greyhound

Group 1: Toys
Height: 32 – 38 cm

Energy Level:  Moderate
Original Function: Companion
Lifespan: 10 – 12 yrs

Recommended for: Dedicated people, people that are at home e.g. retired, work from home.

Note: They feel the cold so will need an extra coat in winter.


Italian Greyhound

About This Breed

The Italian Greyhound has been around since ancient Egyptian times, little is known what their original purpose was, be it flushing birds or killing rats. They can be timid and young children should be watched around them, as their long legs are susceptible to breaks.

They do become very devoted to their families and are ideal to families with restricted space. They do feel the cold so need to be rugged up in the winter months.

General Characteristics

Appearance: A greyhound in miniature, more slender in all proportions.

Temperament: Affectionate, Intelligent, and vivacious, may appear aloof.

Characteristics: Elegant, graceful and quick moving.

Colour: Short, fine & glossy

Coat: Black, Blue, Cream, Fawn, Red, White, or any of these colours broken with white; Pied. Black or Blue with Tan markings, or Brindle is not acceptable.

Grooming: This coat is easy to look after, a rub down with a rough towel or chamois will make the coat nice and shiny. Clean teeth regularly

Exercise: free runs and plays in the yard as well as a daily walk is enough to keep them happy.

Health: This breed is generally sound but some can suffer eye problems and seizures. Should not be exposed to extreme weather conditions.