Italian Greagle

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20-30 lbs
United States
Italian Greyhound
The Italian Greagle is a cross between an Italian Greyhound and a Beagle. This small dog’s exact origins are unknown but many people think that Kelly and Angela Easley bred the first Italian Greagles at their home in Great Falls, Montana. The dogs have a strong prey drive that they inherited from their parents. They have the sight skills of the Italian Greyhound and the sniffing ability of the Beagle. This combination is very prey driven so the Italian Greagle should never be let off the leash unless he is in a secure area or he will either chase something or pick up a potent scent and follow it. He is a sweet dog who adores his owner and is highly intelligent. This canine is considered a medium size and usually stands about 13 to 15 inches at the shoulders and weighs 20 to 40 pounds.
Date of Origin
Italian Greyhound, Beagle

Italian Greagle Health

Average Size
Height: 13-15 inches Weight: 20-40 lbs
Height: 13-14 inches Weight: 20-30 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Epilepsy
  • Eye Disease
  • Beagle Dwarfism
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Invertebral Disc Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Shivering
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Analysis
  • Wellness Check
  • Full Physical Examination regarding joint movement around the hip and kneecap
  • Eye and Ear Examination

Italian Greagle Breed History

The Italian Greagle is an ideal cross between both the Italian Greyhound and the Beagle. He possesses the best qualities of both breeds. The Italian Greyhound is considered an ancient breed. This elegant dog's history can be traced back to the Middle Ages. This canine is believed to have originated in Italy. Its diminutive and refined image have been depicted on artwork throughout Greece, Turkey, and other Mediterranean countries. During the 1600s, his popularity spread throughout England and he quickly became a favored pet of the country’s nobility. During World War II, the breed was almost completely annihilated from most of Europe. Luckily, the Italian Greyhound had been introduced into the United States in the 1890s and many of the early canine's descendants remained in the USA. They helped become the breed’s foundation and reintroduced the popular pooch back into Europe. The American Kennel Club recognized the Italian Greyhound in 1886 and it was entered into the Toy Group. Although the Italian Greyhound is extremely fast, it is never used in lure racing. The Beagle’s early history can be traced back to the 5th century B.C. where these small dogs were used to hunt hare and also kept as pets. In the 11th century, the breed’s ancestors were brought to England. Back then, the Beagle was a small canine that could easily fit into a person's coat pocket. Hunters would use the fearless dogs to hunt in the underbrush. Elizabeth l favored the small Beagles and often called them her ‘Singing Beagles’. In the 1830s, Reverend Phillip Honeywood of Essex is believed to have started breeding larger-sized Beagles that are similar to the modern breed's appearance. Beagles were exported into the United States in the 1840s and became popular pets. In 1885, the Beagle was accepted into the Hound Group by the American Kennel Club.

Italian Greagle Breed Appearance

The Italian Greagle has a blockish face that resembles a Beagle with floppy ears and a body that is lean and muscled like the Italian Greyhound. The overall physical appearance of the Italian Greagle is extremely elegant. This attractive dog's coat is either short and a bit rough or smooth and silky. The tail is long and whiplike. His expression is alert and his dark eyes are always watching what is going on around him. His feet are dainty and catlike. When he walks, he almost prances with each step.
Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Italian Greagle Breed Maintenance

The coat of the Italian Greagle is extremely low-maintenance. He rarely requires any form of brushing. Usually, a once a month bath is sufficient to control any doggy odor. Some owners brush their dog’s teeth to control bad breath and prevent gum disease. This canine's floppy ears should be wiped out once a week of any debris; the length of the ears can allow moisture and dirt to build up inside, which can lead to irritation. His nails are usually worn down naturally if you provide him with sufficient exercise. However, if his nails are not naturally kept short then you can opt to clip his nails once a month to control their length.
Brushes for Italian Greagle
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Italian Greagle Temperament

The Italian Greagle is affectionate and extremely loyal. He is a gentle breed who adores his owner. Unlike many small dogs, the Italian Greagle loves children and makes a good child’s companion because he loves playing and is always gentle. He is not overly barky but will notify you if he hears an unknown noise or sees a stranger. Some people might consider him a bit aloof at times, but he is just independent which is makes him an ideal companion if you spend time working away from home because he is not overly needy.

Italian Greagle Activity Requirements

The Italian Greagle needs a daily walk of at least thirty minutes. He is built for speed and is a true athletic hybrid. Ideally, you should have a secure, fenced yard where he can run and enjoy himself. Many owners opt to take their dog to a dog park to have a run and interact with other dogs. He also enjoys a game of fetch. Just like his parent breeds, the Italian Greagle loves to chase anything that moves.  In the evening, he is usually happy to snuggle next to his owner if he has received adequate exercise during the day. Ideally, apartment living is not the first choice for the Italian Greagle.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Italian Greagle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $2
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Italian Greagle Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Height: 8 inches Weight: 11 lbs
12 Months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 30 lbs
Height: 13 inches Weight: 25 lbs
18 Months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 30 lbs
Height: 13 inches Weight: 25 lbs

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