Italian Greyhound

KC Pedigree, Small-Medium

Moderate shedding

Not good for first time owners

The Italian Greyhound has all the elegance of the larger sighthounds but miniaturised. The beloved companion of Meditteranean nobility 2,000 years ago and of European royalty, the breed was especially viewed as a status symbol during the Renaissance.


Attractive to ...

Keen knitters. The Iggy has a very thin coat and feels the cold easily. A jumper or three would be appreciated when it's chilly.

Not the best for ...

The clumsy. Iggy's are fine-boned and breakages can occur if stepped or fallen on. For the same reason, families with younger children would be advised to wait till the kids are older.


IG, Iggy

Cross between





You could pick them up if you had to in an emergency.

Exercise Needs

Medium (About an hour)
Doesn't have to be a solid hour, you can give them lots of short walks.


Dogs that you mainly just need to polish! But be warned - short haired dogs moult all the time!


Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

14 years

Good first dog?



Tailwise is consistently rated as Excellent

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