Italian Greyhound

Last updated September 2000

A breed standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance including the correct colour of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed.

From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Breed Watch information related to this breed for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure. However, if a dog possesses a feature, characteristic or colour described as highly undesirable, it must not be rewarded in the show ring.

General appearance

A greyhound in miniature, more slender in all proportions.


Elegant, graceful and quick moving.


Intelligent, affectionate and vivacious; may appear aloof.

Head and skull

Skull long, flat and narrow, slight stop. Muzzle fine and long. Nose dark in colour.


Rather large, bright; full of expression.


Rose-shaped, placed well back, soft and fine, not pricked.


Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth even.


Long, gracefully arched.


Shoulders long and sloping. Legs straight; well set under shoulders; fine, strong bone and pasterns.


Chest deep and narrow. Good length of rib and brisket. Back slightly arched over loin.


Long, well-muscled thigh: hind legs parallel when viewed from behind; well-bent stifle, hocks well let down.


Hare feet.


Low-set, long, fine, carried low.


High-stepping and free action. Front and hindlegs to move forward in a straight line with propulsion from behind.


Skin fine and supple. Hair, short, fine and glossy.


Black, blue, cream, fawn, red, white, or any of these colours broken with white. White dogs may be broken with one of these colours. Black or blue with tan markings, or brindle not acceptable.


Ideal height: 32-38 cms (12½-15 ins) at withers. Ideal weight: 3.6-4.5 kgs (8-10 lbs). Overall type and elegance essential.


Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.


Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

*Note for prospective puppy buyers

Size – The Kennel Club breed standard is a guide and description of the ideal for the breed; the size as described does not imply that a dog will match the measurements given (height or weight). A dog might be larger or smaller than the size measurements stated in the breed standard.