Italian Greyhound

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Breed Group: Toy
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The Italian Greyhound was brought to Europe by the Phoenicians when it was later developed by the Romans. This breed was a favorite by Catherine the Great of Russia. This breed is now most commonly seen in a family environment, as a companion. The Italian Greyhound can be very shy and timid; however can also be destructive in an endearing way. Harsh punishment is sure to drive this dog into submission, so gentle handling and correction is a must.
The Italian Greyhound is very dependent and does not do well in a kennel type environment. This breed should always be kept as a companion. They can be somewhat high strung, but are very sensitive and always need reassurance by their owner that they have not done something naughty. The Italian Greyhound is a very active dog and is very fast, making him great for agility trials in which he is commonly used.
Italian Greyhounds make wonderful companions, especially for a family. However, they should never be placed in a home with small children. This breed is so sensitive and can be very timid that small children that pester will be sure to make this dog extremely timid. The Italian Greyhound does fairly well around other dogs, but does best in a home with other Italian Greyhounds as this breed does not do well around large and more dominant dogs.
The Italian Greyhound has a coat that is very easy to groom. This breed sheds very little if any hair making grooming very simple. A regular wipe down with a soft towel or chamois is sure to keep his coat in tiptop shape and looking glossy and beautiful. The teeth of this breed should be brushed on a regular basis to prevent tartar buildup and/or gum disease. Italian Greyhounds should be protected from the cold and should have their nails clipped at least once every two weeks.
The Italian Greyhound has a very beautiful coat that consists of short and fine hair. This breed looks like a smaller version of the greyhound and has the same basic coat texture and shine. The skin of this breed should always be supple while the hair should be short and glossy, much like satin. The hair should always be soft to the touch, never coarse.
The Italian Greyhound can be extremely difficult to train, as they can be very high-strung, yet so sensitive at the same time. Many times this requires professional training from a trainer experienced with the Italian Greyhound. Housebreaking can be very difficult, even though they are very intelligent and eager to please. Obedience classes are definitely recommended as this breed has the tendency to become very submissive if corrected in a harsh manner.
The Italian Greyhound is very lively and active so he should require vigorous exercise daily. This breed loves long walks and runs and does best with at least a small yard to roam free in. This breed is very fast and agile so jogging and running are his specialty and he sure loves to do it. The Italian Greyhound however should always be kept on leash or in a safe and fenced in area as this breed has the tendency to wander off if let loose in an open area.
7-14 lbs
13-15 inches
any color but brindle or black and tan
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How much do Italian Greyhound puppies cost?

The cost to buy an Italian Greyhound varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Italian Greyhound puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Italian Greyhounds sold is $1,000.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for an Italian Greyhound with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $1,700 upwards to $5,500 or even more for an Italian Greyhound with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Italian Greyhounds sold is $800.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,000.00
Average Price: $800.00
Top Quality: $1,700.00 to $5,500.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 4721 Italian Greyhound puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning an Italian Greyhound puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining an Italian Greyhounds true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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Most Popular Italian Greyhound Names for 2019

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 4721 Italian Greyhound dogs.
  • 1. Daisy
  • 2. Logan
  • 3. Willow
  • 4. Zippy
  • 5. Bella
  • 6. Iggie
  • 7. Prince
  • 8. Dandy
  • 9. Diego
  • 10. Molly
  • 11. Sophie
  • 12. Penny
  • 13. Finn
  • 14. Blue
  • 15. Bryson
  • 16. Lucy
  • 17. Pokey
  • 18. Ranger
  • 19. Bris
  • 20. Darla

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Member Since: July 2012
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I enjoy raising puppies and do so for companionship. The Italian Greyhound and the Whippet both make excellent companions for anyone. You will find healthy, happy, socialized puppies at our place. We welcome you to come to our home to visit with the puppy of your choice. TX Licensed Breeder 100.

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Anonymous asked:
What should I be looking for when buying/adopting a Italian Greyhound? What questions should I be asking?

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No matter what type of dog you are getting, you should always be asking the same questions. If you are getting your dog from a breeder, then ask to see everything. The dam, the sire, where the puppies are being raised, all of the puppies (not just the one that you are interested in), and the vet records of both the dam/sire, and for the puppies. Responsible breeders should have done health checks on their dogs before breeding, the Italian Greyhound should be checked for epilepsy, legg-perthes disease, patellar luxation, von willebrand disease, progressive retinal atrophy, periodontal disease, and hypothroidism before being bred. A good breeder should have documented proof that their dam and sire has been checked for all of these health problems that can come up in this breed. Over-all, you need to do your research and trust your gut. If something seems off, don't buy a puppy from that breeder. Please don't "rescue" a puppy by buying it from a bad breeder, that only encourages a bad breeder to keep breeding. Take your concern for the welfare of any dogs to the local animal control or ASPCA and then find a good breeder.

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How do you properly potty train an Italian greyhound?

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The Italian Greyhound is a sensitive breed of dog and the Positive Reinforcement method is best for them. Have a timer set to go off every 2 hours during the day and let your puppy out. Praise and give treats for going outside. Have your puppy either tethered to you or in a crate when inside and watch for signs of having to go outside. A puppy tends to have to go to the bathroom after he/she wakes up, eats, drinks, and plays.

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How big do Italian Greyhounds get?



The Italian Greyhound ranges 13-15 inches at the shoulder when full grown.


The smallest Italian Greyhound are 6lbs full grown, but sometimes on the larger side they will be up to 20lbs which makes their legs a little less fragile.


Some Italian greyhounds will range from a height of 12-15 some will grow to be 16 or 17 if their parents are bigger. On average they will weigh. Up to 20 15

Anonymous asked:
Italian Greyhounds are rumored to be fast but exactly how fast are they?



The Italian Greyhound are able to run at top speed with a double suspension gallop; and can achieve a top speed of up to 25 miles per hour (40 km/h).


My 3-year-old male Iggie is very quick. We wanted to know just how quick so we attached a GPS to his collar and it clocked his fastest speed of 27 mph. They're intended to keep up and catch hares so they've been bred to be extremely light on their feet and amazingly fast.

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Do Italian greyhounds get along with cats? (The cats I own are very gentle around dogs)



The I.G should do perfectly fine with a dog-savvy cat as long as the dog was socialized with cats as a young pup and/or the pup is taught to respect cats.


Yes, Italian Greyhounds get along with cats. Just make sure the cat does not see the dog as its prey. My cat loves to attack one of my Italian Greyhounds that is very shy. The cat has to be kept separate now.


I would believe Iggies would get along with cats well, as long as the cat is not skittish. I own 2 Ig's and then I own a 5 lb rabbit. They're curious about the rabbit, but they all coexist well together. The only time I have a little bit of stress is occasionally the rabbit will sprint around the house for a few secs and the dogs have to be reprimanded vocally. I'm sure they'd chase the rabbit though if someone wasn't watching them.


It depends on the prey drive of your specific dog. Many IGs are not small animal safe, despite training. They may seem to get along fine but if the smaller animal streaks around, instinct kicks in and the IG may well course that animal to the ground with disastrous effects. No amount of training and love can stamp out years of instinct.


I love Italian Greyhounds, they have brought me a lot of joy and happiness. I have learned a lot about them. I had two of them Sparky and Spunky. Its definitely my breed of dog.


The website has a lot of great information on how Italian Greyhounds get a long with cats (and other animals).


My Italian greyhounds and cats do not know they are different. They eat different food and that is about all they are aware of. They sleep in piles and groom each other. It doesn't matter if they are the ones that grew up together or were adopted as adults.

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Updated: 11/18/2019