Italian greyhound blue color on a white background in studio

Italian Greyhound

Breed Characteristics

Elegant, quick-footed. Likes to be the center of attention. Thrives on human companionship; however, he does not need constant attention. Sedate in the house, especially as he matures. Should not be allowed to play roughly, as he could be injured. Tends to jump on people. Has no doggy odour. No cold tolerance. Slow to mature.

Is the Italian Greyhound approved as a pet in a Singapore HDB flat?



Italy, Greece, or Turkey, antiquity; Romans bred them for pets.

Original Purpose


Behaviour and Temperament

Gentle, devoted, calm, sensitive, alert, vivacious.

What are some Physical Features of the Italian Greyhound?

13 to 16 in (33 to 40.5 cm), 7 to 13 lb (3 to 6 kg). So delicately built that he is considered a toy dog. Colours are usually black, fawn, red, cream blue, with or without broken white. Any colour but brindle or black-and-tan allowed.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Short, soft, and glossy. Minimal grooming; once a week. Very minimal shedding.

Life Expectancy of the Italian Greyhound

13 to 16 years.

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Health Concerns

Periodontal problems, PRA, fractures, color dilution alopecia, patellar luxation, sensitivity to anesthesia and barbiturates.

Exercise Needs

Moderate to high; enjoys running.


Suitable for any type of living environment.


Good with older, gentle children; too fragile for toddlers. Reserved with strangers. Good with larger dogs; likes familiar pets, including cats. May chase very small pets or quarrel with dogs his own size.


Average; some are hard to housetrain.

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