Dog Breed Guide: Italian Greyhound

Posted on October 26, 2015 under Dog Breeds, Dog Topics

An Italian Greyhound dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Italian Greyhound

Height (to base of neck): 13 – 15″

Weight:  5 – 15lb

Color: Any color accepted except brindle or black.

Origin: Greece and Turkey.

Coat: Soft, shiny, smooth and very short hair coat that lays flat.

Life Expectancy: 13 – 14 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: Moderate

Is an Italian Greyhound the Right Dog Breed for You?

This breed is very affectionate and can adapt well to urban or rural living.  They can be a little stand-offish with strangers.  They also tend to be needy of attention and require significant human contact.  They are intelligent, good with other pets and children, and make wonderful companions.  They are not temperature tolerant and should be housed indoors.  Minimal grooming needs.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Italian Greyhound

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Expensive Claim 
 Lipoma  $451  $1,463
 Gastritis  $383  $2,260
 Gastroenteritis  $465  $2,981
 Skin Allergies  $488  $1,368

Protect Your Italian Greyhound Dog with Pet Health Insurance!

Get a Quick, Free Quote Online

or Call Pets Best at 877-738-7237