The Italian Greyhound is an excellent companion pet. Here is your informative A-list of Italian Greyhound. The Italian Greyhound is also known as Italienisches Windspiel (German), Piccolo Levriero Italiano (Italian) and Galgo Italiano (Spanish). Their nicknames are IG or Iggy. Italian Greyhound was an ancient dog breed, a similar dog to Italian Greyhound was found in Egyptian tomb for more than 6000 years ago. In thousands of years ago, this Italian Greyhound dog breed was brought to Europe by Phoenicians. They are the smallest member of the family of gazehounds. During sixteen century, this dog breed became popular in Europe especially Italy. The Italian Greyhound was recognized by American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1886. They are a smaller version of Greyhound. Today, Italian Greyhound is a wonderful family pet for everyone.

Facts about Italian Greyhound

  • Temperament – The Italian Greyhound is active, agile, gentle, kind-mannered, intelligent, playful, quiet and affectionate with family. They are also timid, shy and sensitive. Early socialization and obedience training is good for Italian Greyhound puppies. They can get along well with children but not place with small children without supervision. They can get along with other pets but not raised with large dominant dogs. Do not leave them alone for long period, they thrive on human companionship. Italian Greyhounds are very loyal towards their owner and reserved with strangers. They can be high-strung like other tiny dog breed. They move fast as athletic, they can climb wire fencing or jump from chair to other furniture in living room. A confident owner is more suitable for Italian Greyhound. They are sensitive to cold climates, dress them up with sweater if you are want to bring them out during cold climates.
  • Appearance – The Italian Greyhound has a slender body with sinewy look. They have a long and narrow head. The Italian Greyhound comes with a pair of medium-sized dark eyes. The ears are small and fold back along the head. They have a long muzzle and dark nose. The Italian Greyhound has a long neck and the chest is deep. The front legs are strong and straight. They have a long tail which ends in a slight curve. The beautiful coat is fine and short.

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Italian Greyhound Breed Information

Size Small
Height 30-38 cm (male and female)
Weight 3-5 kg (male and female)
Colour Blue, black, cream, fawn, grey, red, slate grey or white; some come with white markings
Group Toy Breed Dog
Life Span 12 – 15 years
Litter Size Average 3 – 5 puppies
Exercise Ability Daily and long walks is needed, let them run free and play around at fenced yard
Grooming Requirements Brush regularly with bristle brush. Brush their teeth regularly. Nail clipping is required regularly. This breed is light shedder
Environment Indoor
Barking Below average
Recognition CKC, APRI, DRA, UKC, NKC, AKC, ACR, FCI, KCGB, ANKC, NZKC


The common health issues for Italian Greyhound are prone to fractures, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), epilepsy, slipped stifle and dental problems. Owner should take care of their legs because their bones are a little fragile so it might break their legs easily.

If you are interested in this dog breed, you may adopt Italian Greyhound from Italian Greyhound rescue or look for Italian Greyhound Puppies for sale from Italian Greyhound breeders.

Italian Greyhound Breeders

Piccino Italian Greyhound – Italian Greyhound Breeders located in Sydney NSW, Australia.

About time Italian Greyhound – Italian Greyhound Breeders located in State of New Mexico, USA.

Italian Greyhound