Italian Greyhound

Toy Group

Two Italian greyhounds on a white background

Height at Shoulders

13-15 in

Weight

7-14 lbs

Life Expectancy

14-15 yrs

History

It is believed that the Italian Greyhound originated about 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Greece and Turkey. Italian Greyhound-like dogs have been found as mummified remains in Egypt and depicted in paintings from Pompeii. While these miniature Greyhounds were popular across Europe for centuries, it was in Renaissance Italy where the breed was solidified, as owning miniature versions of dog breeds was seen as a status symbol.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Italian Greyhounds will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★☆☆☆

 

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★★☆☆☆

Intelligence

★★★☆☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★☆☆☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Gentle, affectionate, and loving

Will chase anything that moves- and can hit speeds of up to 25 mph

Love to perch high up on furniture

Intelligent and easy to train (as long as it's fun) but, like most toy breeds, are difficult to housetrain

Known to follow their caretaker around the house constantly