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Italian Greyhound – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Italian Greyhound - Fun Facts and Crate Size

Italian Greyhound

Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1886
  • Lifespan: 14-15 years
  • Size: small
  • Energy: medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 24” dog crate*

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The Italian Grey Hound was originally bred for hunting. This strong hunting instinct means they will chase most moving objects such as birds, other smaller animals, and even cars. As a pet, the Italian Greyhound is considered difficult to house train.

They love sun bathing and become 'fussy' when they have a wet coat. This dog breed is sensitive to certain drugs such as anesthetics. In general, this breed is considered a clever dog that requires lots of attention and love. If not, they may become hyper active or shy.


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Italian Greyhound in 1886. These medium energy dogs are known as one of the oldest breeds, which has been around for about two millennia. This dog usually also appears in centuries-old portraits and fine arts.

The dog breed made its way to Southern Europe during the Middle Ages and became very popular among aristocrats, especially in Italy where it got its name. Italian Greyhounds began to be bred in the United States in 1886, becoming an unaffordable luxury for most people during the World Wars. Today the Italian Greyhound is enjoying a second renaissance as it continues to be a great human companion for a growing number of people.

Similar to other dog breeds, the Italian Greyhound also needs early socialization and exposure to different peoples, sounds, sights, and other experiences. They also should not be treated harshly because they may become snappy or fearful.


The Italian Greyhound is similar to the Greyhound breed but is smaller in size and more slender in body proportion. They have a slender body and are a fine-boned, little dog. This dog is classified into two categories due to its weight, which is up to 8 pounds and the other as more than 8 pounds. The dog height ranges from 12-15 inches.


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to small-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a health, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


This Italian Greyhound requires weekly grooming of brushing with a soft brush and the occasional bath to keep them looking their best and to stay clean. Their coat is a type of short coat. Besides brushing and bathing, this breed also requires regular nail trimming, ear checks, as well as teeth brushing.


Italian Greyhound is considered an active dog breed that requires regular daily exercise such as walking, before lounging with the family. This dog breed is, in general, moderately easy to train thanks to its high intelligence. They love to spend time playing with their owner. The Italian Greyhound loves affection and attention from both adults and older children.

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends 24” dog crates* for most adult Italian Greyhounds.


* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.

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