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Height: 32 - 38 cm (12.5 - 15 inches); Weight: 6-10 pounds (3-5kg)


Consists of fine, short hair. The color is often slate, black, or greyish yellow, occasionally with white on the chest and feet. There are flecked versions, but not all countries consider them acceptable.


Italian Greyhounds are affectionate, cheerful, active and intelligent.


This dog gets along well with other dogs and cats. It gets along with children, provided that they know not to treat the dog as a toy. They get along very well with each other, and it is a good idea to have more than one.


Very little grooming is required. Wipe the dog with a cloth to make the coat shine, and check the teeth regularly for tartar. Until it is eighteen months old, the bones are quite fragile and it can break a leg rather easily.


This breed learns quickly. It may wish to have its own way and occasionally will be naughty, so consistency is necessary.


This breed needs frequent opportunities to run freely in a large enclosed area.