Greyhound vs Italian Greyhound

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
10 to 13 years
Size:

Large

Maintenance Level:

Low

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

Greyhound dogs are best for first-time pet parents with or without kids and babies and homes with a large yard where these track stars can run around. They get along with other dogs, but they...

Greyhound dogs are best for first-time pet parents with or without kids and babies and homes with a large yard where these track stars can run around. They get along with other dogs, but they are not a good fit for homes with cats, as they have a deep instinct to chase.

Greyhound Temperament

Greyhounds (aka English Greyhounds) are friendly, gentle dogs who aren’t known to be aggressive. That makes them great with (well-behaved) children, but, coupled with the fact that they aren’t big barkers, it also means they shouldn’t be your first pick for a guard dog. This dog b...

Greyhounds (aka English Greyhounds) are friendly, gentle dogs who aren’t known to be aggressive. That makes them great with (well-behaved) children, but, coupled with the fact that they aren’t big barkers, it also means they shouldn’t be your first pick for a guard dog.

This dog breed has spurts of energy they need to get rid of (off-leash) throughout the day, but once their energy is depleted, they’re quiet and calm. Unless you’re a rabbit or a squirrel, they are a pretty chill breed who will lie at your feet when you’re relaxing at home. Sure, they like to play, and it’s great to engage your Greyhound with toys and fun, but you won’t need to throw a ball down a hallway for hours on end like the always-on Border Collie, for example.

Because Greyhounds are sighthounds (dogs who hunt by sight instead of by scent), they were bred to pursue game independently of their human hunting buddies. That means they have a rather independent streak, so proper training and early socialization will help them be well-mannered members of the family. That instinct to chase also means they don’t mix well with cats, but they generally do well with other dogs.

Greyhound Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
14 to 15 years
Size:

Extra Small

Maintenance Level:

Low

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

Italian Greyhounds are best for active households where there's enough room to run sprints and jump around, and for pet parents who also love a good snuggle session.

Italian Greyhound Temperament

The Italian Greyhound’s temperament is surprisingly varied. On the one hand, these hounds can really take off with that infamous Greyhound speed when they see a small critter go by or they just have the urge to do some zoomies. But on the other hand, the Italian Greyhound bre...

The Italian Greyhound’s temperament is surprisingly varied. On the one hand, these hounds can really take off with that infamous Greyhound speed when they see a small critter go by or they just have the urge to do some zoomies. But on the other hand, the Italian Greyhound breed also enjoys quality time snoozing on the couch.

These pups are affectionate with loved ones and even a little mischievous (“Oh, you don’t want me to grab these socks you just folded and run around the house with them in my mouth? Huh… OK, then!”). They may take some time to warm up to strangers but are rarely aggressive toward people.

Italian Greyhounds are great with families and do well with kids, as long as they respect the dog’s boundaries. These thin dogs have fragile bodies, and if given the choice between playing tea party or playing soccer, they’re probably going to choose going for a walk instead. (Besides, everyone knows Italian Greyhounds prefer puppacinos, and it’s called football. Sheesh.) For pet parents living in a multi-dog household, Italian Greyhounds are best suited with other small dogs to prevent injuries they could sustain if playing with a large dog.

When it comes to cats, however, it’s a mixed bag. Some Italian Greyhounds may need to be reminded that cats are friends, not food. The prey instinct can be higher in some Italian Greyhounds than others, and if they see Mr. Fluffy as prey rather than pal, they’ll give chase and hunt.

With their humans, though, Italian Greyhounds are affectionate, sweet and gentle, and ready at any time to accompany you on your next adventure, whether it’s a stroll down the street or a siesta in the afternoon.

Italian Greyhound Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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