Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound

This little sighthound loves to run and chase. It does well with other dogs and kids but is fragile.

Breed Overview

The Italian Greyhound is believed to have originated over 4,000 years ago in the areas now known as Turkey and Greece. They are the smallest of the sighthounds and became an Italian favorite during the sixteenth century when small lapdogs were desired. Today, the breed is used for lure coursing and companionship. Also known an I.G. or Iggy, the Italian Greyhound is gentle, reserved, sensitive, and often timid with strangers. They are devoted and loyal companions, and are excellent with children, dogs, and other pets. They love to chase and run, so daily exercise is essential. They do not fare well in cold weather, so even playing a game indoors is great for them. They enjoy a daily run or long walk. They are ideal for active individuals, home dwellers, seniors, and families. Grooming is very minimal because their hair is fine and short. An occasional brushing to remove hairs is all that is required.

Breed Characteristics

Grooming requirements:
1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming
Energy level:
1 = low energy - 5 = high energy
Friendliness toward strangers:
1 = shy - 5 = very friendly
Ease of training:
1 = difficult - 5 = easy
Affection toward owners:
1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Breed Details & Traits

Height: 13-15"
Weight: 7-14 lb
Lifespan: 12-15 years

Breed Traits

Gentle, Sensitive, Timid,

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