Italian Greyhound
Imaginative, funny, and affectionate, this small hound loves living in the lap of luxury.
Height: 13 to 15 inches at shoulder
Weight: 6 to 15 pounds (most average about 8 pounds)
Coat: short and satiny
Life span: 14 to 15 years
Breed Group: Companion Dogs
The Italian Greyhound was a favorite companion of noblewomen in the Middle Ages, especially in Italy. But this small hound was more than a lap dog, having the speed, endurance, and determination to hunt small game. These days, he's a family dog whose beauty and athleticism is admired in the show ring and in obedience, agility, and rally competitions.
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General Characteristics
Dog friendly
Drooling potential
Ease at being home alone
Friendly toward strangers
Heat tolerance
Need for exercise
Tendency to bark or howl
Potential for weight gain
Compatible with kids
General health
Good for novice owners