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Italian Greyhound

The smallest of the sighthound breeds, the Italian Greyhound probably originated in Greece and Turkey some 2,000 years ago. An elegant toy breed measuring 13 to 15 inches at the shoulder, the Italian Greyhound is slender and graceful.

The breed fits into the smallest accommodations, makes a devoted pet and needs little grooming, with weekly brushing keeping the short, fine coat soft and glossy. The coat comes in shades of black, fawn, cream and blue.

The little dogs are true hounds and enjoy outdoor exercise just as much as indoor luxury and comfort. Because they are so small and can be easily injured, they’re best suited to families with adults or older children. Broken legs can be an issue in this breed so provide ottomans and discourage your IG from jumping on and off furniture.

Breed Details

Group: Toy Group
Country of Origin: Mediterranean
Size: Small Dog Breed
Color: Any color except brindle and black and tan.
Coat: Short and glossy like satin over supple skin.
Grooming: Brush weekly. Clean teeth daily. Clip toenails periodically.
Life Expectancy: 13 to 18 years
AKC Group: Toy Group
UKC Group: Companion
Height: 8 to 11 inches at the withers
Weight: Proportionate to height
Use Today: Lure coursing

Posted by: Chewy Editorial

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