Little Italian Greyhound

Other names: Levrette d’Italie, Piccolo Levriero Italiano, Italian Greyhound

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The Little Italian Greyhound is a small dog, of slender build, but with the elegance and distinction characteristic of Greyhounds. The gait of the Little Italian Greyhound is characterized by elastic, harmonious movements and a trot covering the ground well.



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Hair type Short
Origin Italy
Template Small
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 3 kg to 5 kg From 32 cm to 38 cm
Male From 3 kg to 5 kg From 32 cm to 38 cm
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History of the breed

the   Little Italian Greyhound descends from small stature among the ancient Greyhounds of ancient Egypt . Its ancestors first passed through Greece, more precisely Laconia, before being brought to the Italian peninsula around the 5th century BC It was especially during the Renaissance that the breed of the Little Italian Greyhound experienced its age of ‘gold with the nobility . It is not uncommon to find representations of this dog on paintings by masters of the time.

The race of Little Italian Greyhound was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on October 22, 1956. Its official FCI standard in force was published on November 13, 2015.

Photos of Little Italian Greyhound

Photo of Harko, Little Italian GreyhoundPhoto of carmina, Little Italian GreyhoundPhoto of Eos, Little Italian GreyhoundPhoto of Cara mia, Little Italian GreyhoundPhoto of Misty, Little Italian GreyhoundPhoto of Erol, Little Italian Greyhound

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Physical features

His hair: short, fine and silky in texture all over the body.
Its color: all shades of black, gray and isabelle (sand yellow / beige). White on the chest and feet is tolerated.
His head: elongated and rather narrow. The sides are rounded and the skull is fairly flat, its axis and that of the muzzle being parallel. The occiput is not prominent. The stop is only very lightly marked. The nose is dark in color, preferably black, and the nostrils well open. The muzzle is narrow and conical in shape. The books are thin and tight, the jaws arranged in scissors and the cheeks are thin.
His ears: set very high, small, thin, folded and carried back. When the dog is attentive, the base of the ear is erect and the lobe is held horizontal.
His eyes: large, rounded, dark in color and very expressive.
Its body: writable in a square, the height at the withers and the length being roughly equal. The neck is in the shape of a truncated cone and well muscled, the top line straight to the lumbar region which is slightly arched. The withers are well defined, the back straight and well muscled, the loins slightly curved, the sloping croup, broad and well muscled, the chest narrow and solid, but elegantly drawn with the ribs slightly arched.
Its tail: set low, thin even at its base and tapering even more towards the tip. Carried straight in its first half, then curved. Covered with a short hair.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Little Italian Greyhound is an alert dog, full of vitality, affectionate and docile . Attached to his master , he is endowed with a great sensitivity, while being quite reserved with regard to strangers.

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the   Little Italian Greyhound demands an early and gentle education , without any form of brutality. Rewards and encouragement allow him to teach him, from an early age, the basic rules including the reminder which must be perfectly integrated. He also needs to benefit from quality socialization .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Little Italian Greyhound adapts to all living environments as long as it benefits from sufficient activities.


Ease of gaining weight

Although thin in construction, the   Little Italian Greyhound is not a fragile dog . We will note all the same some predispositions to diseases in some subjects of this breed: epilepsy, dislocation of the patella, degeneration of the vitreous body, Von Willebrand’s disease, monorchidism.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 4 puppies

Major concerns
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Minor concerns
Degeneration of the vitreous body
Hip dysplasia
Willebrand disease
Portosystemic shunt
Occasional concerns
Patella dislocation
Suggested tests

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Little Italian Greyhound is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Little Italian Greyhound is a dog that is easy to maintain and does not moult very much. Hair loss is therefore of reduced intensity.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week using a soft boar bristle brush or a soft buffing glove. He does not need frequent baths ; it can be bathed only if necessary.

His ears should be examined frequently and cleaned with cotton soaked in an ear cleaner. Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. If they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 600
1200 €

The purchase price of a Little Italian Greyhound is between 600 € and 1200 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of an Italian Greyhound is between NC and NC.

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The Little Italian Greyhound adapts to industrial dog food. He needs quality food , containing all the nutrients he needs and suitable for his level of exercise, size and age. It is to be divided into 2 meals per day .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Little Italian Greyhound needs to stay active in order to be happy and balanced . The ideal would be to be able to let it run without a leash in secure places and where it is allowed. Long daily walks allow him to satisfy his need for exercise. He also enjoys playing games with his family.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 10: Greyhounds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1956


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