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Italian Greyhound

The full scoop on Italian Greyhounds

Life Expectancy
typically 12+ years
Short length with low shedding

How to pronounce Italian Greyhound: uh·ta·lee·uhn gray·hownd 

Italian Greyhounds are small, moderately active dogs and the smallest Sighthound breed. They have a short, smooth coat that can be any colour.  

Many behaviours come naturally to all dogs. Whether that’s a desire to dig or a love of lazing, these can be influenced by different factors like genetics or personal experience.  

We’re bringing you the important facts and considerations about Italian Greyhounds. Could you become an Italian Greyhound parent and give one a forever home? 

Caring for Italian Greyhounds

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Italian Greyhound.

Health issues

It’s important before becoming an Italian Greyhound parent to consider any possible health issues. Not every dog suffers with them, but it’s good to be prepared.

Speak to your vet to find out which conditions yo...

How much food does an Italian Greyhound need?

Different Italian Greyhounds need different amounts of food depending on their: 

  • age 
  • size 
  • activity levels 
  • fitness 
  • weight. 

Dog f...

An infographic showing the key indicators of healthy body condition for a dog

How much exercise does a Italian Greyhound need?

Italian Greyhounds are usually moderately active dogs who need regular exercise and stimulation to keep them physically and mentally healthy.

They need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explore...

How much grooming does an Italian Greyhound need?

Italian Greyhounds’ short coats shed very little. Introduce handling and grooming slowly and in a positive way. This will help your pooch feel more comfortable with it. Grooming is more enjoyable for everyone if your ...

What crate size do you need for a Italian Greyhound?

When in their crate, your dog should be able to comfortably:

  • stand up at their full height
  • turn around without touching the sides
  • lie down and stretch out
  • wag their tail.

Italian Greyhound behaviour and training

Even if you think you know about Italian Greyhounds, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality. 

What's the temperament of a Italian Greyhound?

Each dog has their own personality and individual experiences of the world. So, each dog has their own temperament.

Two Italian Greyhounds, for example, will have very different ways of reacting to certain situa...

Are Italian Greyhounds easy to train?

You really can teach any dog new tricks. The key is positive learning. Find out what gets your dog’s tail wagging with excitement. Snacks or toys are popular choices, or even lots of praise. Whatever it is, you can us...

Are Italian Greyhounds good with children?

While every dog is different, there are some universal ways to behave safely and respectfully around them.

This is an important skill for the whole family – children and adults. Why not book one of our

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