Italian Greyhound Breed Profile


Among the endearing traits of the Italian Greyhound is that they are gentle, submissive, playful, affectionate, intelligent, high strung, timid, and devoted.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is better for older well behaved children. This dog is not recommended for small children.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of this breed of dog is around 12 to 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 6 to 10 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with Italian Greyhounds include but are not limited to slipped stifle, fractures, PRA, and epilepsy.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking, though difficult with this breed, can be done with patience on part of the owner. Shedding is minimal, brush with a soft bristle brush every day to maintain.

Best Owner Compatibility

Can be suited for the apartment and condo environment. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has lots of love and attention to give with lots of toys to play with. This breed of dog has a tendency to be high energy.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

You can expect to pay an average of around $700+ per dog. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

This breed of dog gets stressed really easily, so make sure no lively children are around. When stressed, do not try to reassure the dog by petting it, as it will increase the stress levels.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog makes for a good watchdog to announce when guests arrive.

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