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Kid friendly
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Easy to train
Low shedding
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Italian Greyhound

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Breed Information
Popularity (2015) #71
Name Italian Greyhound
Other names French: Petit Levrier Italiane, Italian: Piccolo Levriero Italiano, German: Italienisches Windspiel, Spanish: Galgo Italiano
Origin Italy
Breed Group Toy (AKC:1886)Companion Breeds (UKC)
Size Small
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years
Temperament AffectionateAgileAthleticCompanionableIntelligentMischievous
Height 12 - 15 inches (30 - 38 cm)
Weight 6 - 10 pounds (3 - 5 kg)
Colors BlackBlueBrownGrayRedWhiteYellow
Litter Size 2-4 puppies
Puppy Price Average $800 - $1000 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 3 stars
Barking Tendencies 3 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 3 stars
Child Friendly 1 starsNot Good with Kids: In isolation, this dog breed might not be the best option for kids. However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them. This breed is also very friendly toward other pets and shy toward strangers.
Dog Friendly 3 stars
Exercise Needs 3 stars
Grooming 1 starsLow Maintenance: Grooming is only necessary once in a while to maintain upkeep. No trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 3 starsHypoallergenic: Yes
Intelligence 3 starsRanking: #60
Playfulness 2 stars
Shedding Level 1 starsMinimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Trainability 2 starsDifficult Training: Training will be difficult, which might not be suitable for a first time dog owner. Patience and perseverance are required to adequately train it. Professional obedience schools can also be helpful.
Watchdog Ability 3 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Charlie Daisy
02 Cooper Zoe
03 Jack Lola
04 Harley Mia
05 Gus Emma
06 Toby Ellie
07 Sammy Belle
08 Oliver Bailey
09 Cody Nala
10 Gizmo Layla

Essentially a slender miniature greyhound, the Italian greyhound is exceptionally elegant and graceful. It embodies the same qualities that enable the full-sized greyhound to run at top speed using the double-suspension gallop: a curvaceous outline with a slight arch over the loin and good rear angulation. Its gait is high-stepping and free. The coat is short and glossy, like satin.

A sighthound in a small package, the Italian greyhound shares its larger relatives' characteristics. It loves to run and chase. It is extremely gentle and sensitive. Reserved, often timid, with strangers, it is devoted to its family and is good with children, and other dogs and pets. However, it can be easily injured by boisterous children and larger dogs.

The Italian Greyhound is an ancient breed. A 6000-year-old Egyptian tomb shows dogs similar to the Italian Greyhound. They are also depicted on decorative Mediterranean art of 2000 years ago. The dogs became popular with noblemen during the Renaissance. A small Greyhound type dog was found in an ancient lava flow in the city of Pompeii, which is the ruined and partially buried Roman town-city near the modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania. In the sixteenth century, like the Greyhound, this breed was brought to Europe by the Phoenician civilization, and became popular with European nobility. James I of England, Catherine the Great of Russia, Anne of Denmark and Queen Victoria, all owned Italian Greyhounds. During the 1700s Frederick the Great of Prussia took one of these little dogs to war with him, and he buried the dog himself when it died at the Sans Souci Palace. It was Frederick's dying wish that he be buried next to his dog, so on the 205th anniversary of his death, on 17 August 1991, Frederick's family transferred his remains to Sans Souci, and placed them beside his little Italian Greyhound. In the 19th century an African chieftain liked the dogs so much that he offered 200 cattle in exchange for a single Italian Greyhound. The Italian Greyhound was recognized by the AKC in 1886.
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