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 $1,650.00. 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 $2,400 upwards to $6,900 or even more for an Italian Greyhound with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Italian Greyhounds sold is $900.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,650.00
Average Price: $900.00
Top Quality: $2,400.00 to $6,900.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 5376 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.

Most Popular Italian Greyhound Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 5376 Italian Greyhound dogs.
  • 1. Daisy
  • 2. Logan
  • 3. Bella
  • 4. Molly
  • 5. Willow
  • 6. Zippy
  • 7. Prince
  • 8. Iggie
  • 9. Dandy
  • 10. Penny
  • 11. Sophie
  • 12. Diego
  • 13. Max
  • 14. Ace
  • 15. Finn
  • 16. Blue
  • 17. Jack
  • 18. Bryson
  • 19. Giovanni
  • 20. Lucy

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Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I am a small breeder (1 breeding male / 4 breeding females) who happened to "fall into" breeding IGs when my daughter decided she wanted to become a Junior Handler and show IGs in AKC recognized events. The breed just stole my heart. I was brought up in a family that always raised puppies (over the years they ranged from tiny Yorkies to Irish Setters). Never more than 3 females and 1 male but living with puppies in the home can become contagious! Who can resist little puppies and don't get me started about puppy breath!!! I just adore all of it. Long story short (is it too late for that?) I also began breeding dogs when I reached adulthood. I've been breeding IG's for over 10 years (no other breeds during this time) and have had great success. I get a lot of return buyers and referrals and, knock on wood, during the 10+ year time frame I've had no reported health issues to speak of. I take my placements seriously and look for what I consider "forever homes". All of my adults (and puppies) are well cared for. Vaccines are always kept up to date, monthly flea and heartworm medication is administered, proper nutrition and TONS of love and affection. My home has been examined by the AKC kennel staff and I received high ratings in all categories. My dogs are my "babies" - and they are treated as such. The puppies are raised in our home. By the time the puppies are ready to go to their new home they are properly socialized and well adjusted to any new environment. Puppy prices range are based on color and range from $1995 to $2695 depending on color Please feel free to email or call me (between 8am 8pm) with any questions you may have. Please do NOT text (text will not be answered)

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Anonymous asked:
My Italian Greyhound is 6-months old. Is there any way to train the ears to stand up?

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In short, no. No to not being able to do it, and no to should you do it. The Italian Greyhound has a naturally slightly lifted dropped ear placement. This is their natural ears, they are not meant to be cut and straightened to stand up for confirmation show purposes such as with the Doberman. Please do not attempt this for your dog. Not only will it not work, as this breed doesn't have the necessary cartilage to have the ears stand up, but they are not meant too either. Love your little Italian Greyhound for who he / she is, just the way they are.

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I've heard Italian Greyhounds aren't great with small children. We don't have kids right now, but would it be a bad idea for us to get an IG now if we'd like to have a child in a few years?

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The Italian Greyhound is a very sensitive and fragile dog. Small children can accidentally topple over on top of an IG or grab at them too hard and actually hurt them. Also, the Italian Greyhound has a very high prey drive and if not socialized properly may try to chase a toddler or small child and accidentally trip them. Italian Greyhounds were bred for companionship and bond extremely tight to one person in the family. They will be friendly with the other members of the family normally, but they choose one person and stick with them. Because of that, they can get jealous if they are pushed aside for another, such as a baby. If you plan on having children, I would not recommend you getting an Italian Greyhound. Wait until the kids are 6 years or more and then get one. There are other breeds that are wonderful for families that are small breed dogs such as the Miniature Schnauzer, the West Highland White Terrier, the Shih Tzu, the Havanese, The Bedlington Terrier, the Carin Terrier, and the Coton de Tulear. All the breeds listed above can be good with children when raised with / socialized with as puppies or young adults. Also, they are all considered hypoallergenic such as the Italian Greyhound, so no need to worry about any allergies if that comes up.

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I have 3 cats. Is this a problem with the Italian Greyhound breed?

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In short, it should not be an issue. Though it is true that the Italian Greyhound does have a high prey drive, the breed is quite small. Because of this, an adult cat should actually be bigger than the dog, if not the same size. So the dog should not have as much of a prey driven reaction to an animal the same size or bigger than itself.

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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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Updated: 5/19/2022