Italian Greyhound breed information, pictures and more...

Piccolo Levriero Italiano


AKC Toy Dogs, FCI Group X.: Sighthounds, TKC Toy
Dogs 12-15 inches (30-38 cm)
Bitches 10-13 inches (25-33 cm)
Dogs 6-10 pounds (3-5 kg)
Bitches 4-8 pounds (2-4 kg)
12-16 years
3 to 5

The Italian Greyhound, sometimes is referred to as the "IG". This breed is the smallest of the sighthounds. They are elegant, miniature fine-bond breed with a long head thinning gradually to a pointed muzzle.

They are very similar to the Greyhound, but are much smaller and more slender in all proportions. These dogs are lively, happy and full of good spirits and want to please. They crave affection and returns it gladly. Italian Greyhounds will adapt well to indoor living. Prone to chills and should be kept in a draft-free environment and given a warm bed to snuggle in.

Italian Greyhounds are not a noisy dog. They get along well with other pets. They are a clean, odorless dog. Handle your Italian Greyhound very gently and do not placed in a noisy household.


Solid black, blue, cream, fawn, red or white or any of these colors with broken white.


They have a short, fine and glossy coat. They are one of the easiest dogs to groom. All that is needed to keep the fine, silky coat gleaming is a rubdown with a piece of toweling or chamois. Only bathe when absolutely necessary. This breed sheds little to no hair.

Health Issues:

The Italian Greyhound is hardier than it appears. They are prone to broken legs, slipped kneecaps, and hereditary eye problems. The adult dog is certainly not delicate but until they are about eighteen months old, their bones are quite fragile and they can break a leg rather easily.

Italian Greyhounds are prone to slipped stifle, fractures, PRA and epilepsy. Bitches whelp easily and are well-suited to motherhood. To minimize the risk of your dog developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy an Italian Greyhound puppy from a reputable breeder.

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