Imaginative, funny, and affectionate, this small hound loves living in the lap of luxury.

Vital Stats

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

The Italian Greyhound was a favorite companion of noble women 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. Full Italian Greyhound profile on
[usrlist “Affectionate with family:5” “Apartment appropriate:5” “Easy to groom:5” “Sensitivity:4” “Wanderlust:3” “Friendly toward strangers:3” “Heat Tolerance:3” “Intelligence:3” “Dog friendly:3” “Amount of shedding:2” “Mouthiness:2” “Potential for weight gain:1” “Drooling potential:1”]