Italian Greyhound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Italian Greyhound so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginItaly flagItaly
Other Names
What other names does the Italian Greyhound have?
German: Italienisches WindspielPiccolo Levriero ItalianoGalgo ItalianoFrench: Petit Levrier Italiane
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Italian Greyhound Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Italian Greyhound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is an Italian Greyhound?
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Italian Greyhound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Italian Greyhound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Italian Greyhound gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Italian Greyhound? How many Italian Greyhound are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Italian Greyhound is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Italian Greyhound Size

Size
Is an Italian Greyhound small, medium or large dog?

How big do Italian Greyhound get?

Small
Weight
How much does the Italian Greyhound weigh? How much should the Italian Greyhound breed weight? What is the normal weight of an Italian Greyhound?
6-10 pounds (3-5 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of an Italian Greyhound?
8 pounds (4 kg)
Height
How tall is the Italian Greyhound? Italian Greyhound height:
12-15 inches (30-38 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of an Italian Greyhound?
13.5 inches (34 cm)

Italian Greyhound Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Italian Greyhound have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Fine
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Italian Greyhound's coat?
BrownRedYellowBlue GrayWhiteBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Italian Greyhound and how often?
Effortless: The Italian Greyhound requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Italian Greyhound is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Italian Greyhound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the German: Italienisches Windspiel?
Italian Greyhounds shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Italian Greyhound dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Italian Greyhound need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Italian Greyhound every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Italian Greyhound Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Italian Greyhound have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateAthleticIntelligentAgileCompanionableMischievous
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Italian Greyhound? Is the Italian Greyhound breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Italian Greyhound obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Italian Greyhound ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Italian Greyhound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Italian Greyhounds are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Italian Greyhounds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Italian Greyhound sensitivity:
Sensitive: Italian Greyhounds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.

This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is an Italian Greyhound a good family dog?
High: Italian Greyhounds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the German: Italienisches Windspiel need? Italian Greyhound social needs:
Italian Greyhounds need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Italian Greyhound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my German: Italienisches Windspiel bark?
Average: The Italian Greyhound barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Italian Greyhound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Italian Greyhounds are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Italian Greyhound dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Italian Greyhounds strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Italian Greyhound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the German: Italienisches Windspiel? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Italian Greyhound? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Italian Greyhound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Italian Greyhound has a hard bite? What is the bite force of an Italian Greyhound? How much bite force does an Italian Greyhound have?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Italian Greyhound bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.

However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Italian Greyhound do?
Italian Greyhounds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Italian Greyhounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Italian Greyhound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Italian Greyhound roam?
Italian Greyhounds have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Italian Greyhound have high prey drive?
Italian Greyhounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Italian Greyhound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Italian Greyhound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Italian Greyhound indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Italian Greyhounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can an Italian Greyhound be left alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Italian Greyhound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Italian Greyhound temperament with other people:
Italian Greyhounds are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Italian Greyhound dogs get along with other pets? Are Italian Greyhound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Italian Greyhounds are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Italian Greyhound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Italian Greyhound temperament with children:
Italian Greyhounds are not kid-friendly dogs. This breed is not recommended for families with children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Italian Greyhound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Italian Greyhound breed live with a cat?
Italian Greyhounds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Italian Greyhound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Italian Greyhound dogs get along with other dogs?
Italian Greyhounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Italian Greyhound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Italian Greyhound breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Italian Greyhounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Italian Greyhounds good office dogs? Do Italian Greyhounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Italian Greyhounds be office dogs?
No
Italian Greyhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Italian Greyhound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the German: Italienisches Windspiel temperament with senior people? Are Italian Greyhound dogs good for elderly owners?
Italian Greyhounds are not recommended for elderly people.

Italian Greyhound Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Italian Greyhound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Italian Greyhound is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Italian Greyhound breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Italian Greyhound breed? Most common health risks of Italian Greyhound:
AlopeciaDrug SensitivityEye ProblemsHip DysplasiaPatellar LuxationThyroid Problems
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Italian Greyhound breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Italian Greyhound see the vet?
Average
The Italian Greyhound should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Italian Greyhound dogs live? How old can a Italian Greyhound be? What is the age limit of the Italian Greyhound? How many years can the oldest Italian Greyhound live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of an Italian Greyhound?

11-15 years
The average lifespan of Italian Greyhound: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Italian Greyhound breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Italian Greyhounds do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Italian Greyhound have? What is the activity level of the Italian Greyhound?
Italian Greyhounds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does an Italian Greyhound need? How much exercise do Italian Greyhound dogs require per day?
Italian Greyhounds have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Italian Greyhound breed need?
Italian Greyhounds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does an Italian Greyhound need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does an Italian Greyhound breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Italian Greyhound? How much food should I feed my Italian Greyhound?
1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Italian Greyhound risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Italian Greyhound has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Italian Greyhound's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers warm weather
Dogs that prefer warm weather conditions are typically breeds that were originally bred in warmer climates.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Italian Greyhound has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Italian Greyhound drool?
The Italian Greyhound is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Italian Greyhound could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Italian Greyhound.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Italian Greyhound As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Italian Greyhound be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Italian Greyhound is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Italian Greyhound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Italian Greyhound be an emotional support animal?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Italian Greyhound breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Italian Greyhound be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Italian Greyhound is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Italian Greyhound be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Italian Greyhound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Italian Greyhound be a boat dog?

Not really

Italian Greyhound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Italian Greyhound be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Italian Greyhound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Italian Greyhound dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Italian Greyhound Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is an Italian Greyhound pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Italian Greyhound breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Italian Greyhound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Italian Greyhound have in a litter? How many puppies can the Italian Greyhound breed have for the first time? How many puppies does an Italian Greyhound have? How many puppies can an Italian Greyhound give birth to?
2-4 puppies

Italian Greyhound Recognition

AKC Group
Is Italian Greyhound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group
Is Italian Greyhound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Short-haired Sighthounds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Italian Greyhound breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club

Italian Greyhound Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Hypoallergenic: Italian Greyhounds do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Italian Greyhound requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Italian Greyhounds shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Italian Greyhound is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Italian Greyhound has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Adaptability: Italian Greyhounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Italian Greyhounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Mouthiness: Italian Greyhounds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Child Friendly: Italian Greyhounds are not kid-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Italian Greyhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Italian Greyhounds are not recommended for elderly people.

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