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Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound

The Italian Greyhound or Mini greyhound is an Italian breed of dog, they’re little hound dogs that hunt, play coursing games, and race greyhounds. They were a favored companion of noblewomen in Italy throughout the Middle Ages, but their specialization, aside from being a lapdog, is hunting small game with speed, endurance, and tenacity.

Italian Greyhound is a small dog that makes excellent apartment pets, they do not, however, tolerate being left alone at home for long periods of time during the day. They’re extremely sensitive and require constant companionship.

Greyhounds are amiable, intelligent, courageous, and determined canines, but they may be stubborn, which is why appropriate crate training is essential.

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Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group

Companion Dogs


13 to 15 Inches


8 to 11 Pounds

Life Span

14 to 15 Years

Italian Greyhound Appearance

The Italian Sighthound is the smallest among all sighthounds, they weigh around 3.6 kg to 5 kg and their height is around 32 to 38 cm. It has a deep chest, with a tucked-up abdomen, long slender legs, and a long neck that tapers down to a small head. The head is long and pointed. Their gait should be high-stepping and well-sprung, with good forward extension in the trot, and a fast gallop. Mini greyhound coat is short and glossy like satin and feels soft to the touch, it comes in different shades like black, blue, and Isabelle (beige-yellow) in any shade; there may be white markings, but on the chest and feet only. Like other breeds of dogs, it is recommended to brush their fur occasionally. It is also better to bathe and groom them as necessary and used the right shampoo and conditioner for their fur to make it soft, silky, and smell good.

It is best to keep their dental hygiene and nail care properly, periodontal disease is very common to dog whatever their size, brush their teeth several times a week to help remove tartar and bacteria and maintain the good condition of their teeth. Trim their nails once or twice a month to prevent injury in your dogs, long nails can also cause arthritis or other health concern in dogs. Short, neatly trimmed nails keep the feet in good condition and prevent our dog’s legs from getting scratched when they excitedly jump up to greet us.

Italian Greyhound Personality

Italian Greyhound Dog Breed Information

Mini greyhound is alert, smart, sensitive dog, they are playful and very affectionate to their owner, they don’t mind cuddling on the couch for a long period of time, they are shy and more reserved when they see stranger so they are not good as a watchdog.

Early socialization can make them good to other animals in the house, they are also a good playmate to the children as long as we teach the children how to handle the dogs for the safety of the dogs and the children themselves. 

Italian Greyhound Health

Mini greyhound has an average life span of 14 to 15 years, They are generally healthy but like other breeds of dogs, they are also prone to some diseases. Not all of them will get any or all of these diseases but the following are the common diseases they can have.

Progressive Retinal AtrophyIt is characterized by the bilateral degeneration of the retina, causing progressive vision loss culminating in blindness.
Anesthesia SensitivitySighthounds, including Greyhounds, are sensitive to anesthesia and some other drugs. A normal dose for any other dog of his size can kill a Greyhound, probably because of the breed’s low percentage of body fat.

How much is Greyhound?

Look for a legit seller or breeder of the Italian Greyhound. The legit breeder puts a lot of effort into high quality and healthy breeding of dogs. They provide healthy Dog Foods, visit the Vet for check-ups, Vaccinations, Vitamins, and proper Grooming of the dogs.

In buying to a legit Breeder you can expect to pay $1000 – $4000 to an Italian greyhound puppy.

The breeder will coup up all the expenses he/she spent to provide a healthy breed to you so expect a little expensive.

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Nowadays hundreds of thousands of dogs are being abandoned that’s why instead of buying I suggest you adopt! Support those in need give them love and a home to stay in for the rest of their life.

Note:  The expenses of Taking care of a Dogs does not end in buying one after you bought or adopt your Dog you must provide their necessary needs, like Visit Vet ones a year for their health check-up, Complete and follow up Vaccinations, Foods and provide Vitamins as their maintenance and the most important is Time to play and cuddle with them, I think that’s the most affordable one, giving attention to them, proper care and lots of love from you…

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