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Italian Greyhound

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #722015: #712014: #74
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 starsThe Italian Greyhound is good for apartment life. They are fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard. They are sensitive to cold weather. Owners will often put a shirt on them.
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 starsItalian Greyhounds are active little dogs who need a good, daily walk. In addition, they love to run free and play. Be sure to make them heel on the lead. Dogs not only have an instinct to migrate daily, but to have a leader leading the way. Humans should enter and exit all door and gateways before the dog. In order for your dog to fully respect your authority you need to be their leader rather than the other way around.
Grooming 1 starsLow Maintenance: Very little grooming is required. Wipe the dog with a cloth to make the coat shine, and check the teeth regularly for tartar. Until it is eighteen months old, the bones are quite fragile and it can break a leg rather easily.
Health Issues 3 starsHypoallergenic: Yes
Intelligence 3 starsRanking: #60. (See All Rankings)
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 3 starsModerately Easy Training: This breed learns quickly. It may wish to have its own way and occasionally will be naughty, so consistency is necessary.
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
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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 descends from the small sighthounds of ancient Egypt. The Romans further developed the breed after its arrival on the Italian peninsula around the 5th century BCE. Its great popularity in Italy and other Mediterranean countries during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance gave the breed its current name. The Italian Greyhound has been prized by nobility throughout history. Today, the Italian Greyhound is a small sighthound that is mostly valued as a loving companion. The Italian Greyhound was recognized by the AKC in 1886.