Breeds 101

Italian Greyhound


The Italian Greyhound is the smallest of the Sight Hounds; it is similar to the Greyhound but much smaller.

This breed dates back to the classical Greek and Egyptians eras. The Italian Greyhound is supposed to have originated more than 2.000 years ago in the Mediterranean basin. This perfect small dog has been the companion of pharaohs of Egypt, rulers of the Roman Empire, and kings and queens of Europe.

During the 16th century this miniature breed came to be known as the Italian Greyhound in Italy. The Italian Greyhound was often depicted in Renaissance paintings.

This discerning, a little bashful, retiring in temperament, and determined and resourceful dog, is an ideal companion for fastidious people. Relaxed in temperament, the Italian Greyhound is not demanding.

Its smooth, close coat sheds very little hair and produces almost no odour.

The Italian Greyhound is good in hunting as it is comfortable as a lapdog and companion.


Small to medium; 13 to 15 inches, 8 to 12 pounds.


Any color, but no brindle markings normally found on black-and-tan dogs of other breeds.


Sensitive, gentle, devoted to its family, timid with strangers; likes to run and chase.

Energy level:

High, but mellows with age.

Best owner:

Owners who can give daily exercise and plenty of attention, family with gentle children.


Daily exercise, sprints in fenced area, regular brushing of teeth.

Life expectancy:

13 to 15 years.