Italian Greyhuahua

8-13 lbs
10-13"
United States
Chihuahua
Italian Greyhound
Greyhuahua, Italian Chihuahua
If you like small bundles of energy, the Italian Greyhuahua may be the right dog for you. Developed from the Chihuahua and Italian Greyhound, the Italian Greyhuahua is about 8 to 15 pounds and stands about 10 to 14 inches high. They have a unique and interesting personality that makes this a special breed. This dog can be a great companion pet but you have to make sure he is socialized properly as a puppy and trained well because they can be protective around strangers. Although they are intelligent, this breed is a bit stubborn and need to be thoroughly potty-trained right away.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Chihuahua and Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhuahua Health

Average Size
Male Italian Greyhuahua size stats
Height: 11-14 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Female Italian Greyhuahua size stats
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 8-13 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Molera
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
Minor Concerns
  • Skin Diseases and Disorders
  • Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart Murmurs
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Cardiac Test

Italian Greyhuahua Breed History

The history of the Italian Greyhuahua is not well established since the breed has not been around long. Therefore, you have to use the histories of the Chihuahua and the Italian Greyhound to get an idea of the breed’s background. The Chihuahua is the smallest dog in the world and comes from Chihuahua, Mexico, dating as far back as 100 A.D. The breed comes in both short and long hair types and may have a rounded apple head or flatter deer head. The Chihuahua was used in Mexican burial rituals, being sacrificed to guide their loved ones’ souls into the afterlife. Bred from Techichis, which were Mesoamerican native dogs from 300 B.C., the Toltec religion believed that these tiny dogs were spirit guides. Luckily, that tradition died before the Chihuahua became extinct although they became very difficult to find in the early 1900s. When Spanish musician, Xavier Cugat, started appearing with his dog, the breed became popular again and even starred in his own Taco Bell commercial. The Chihuahua is now the most popular breed in Los Angeles and according to the American Kennel Club, where it has been registered since 1904, it is the 30th most common breed in the United States. The Italian Greyhound, from Italy of course, was bred thousands of years ago to be a hunting companion and sighthound. They were supposedly brought to Europe over 2,000 years ago by the Phoenicians and are even mentioned in the Bible. The Romans, Egyptians, and Greeks cultivated the development of the breed and kept them from becoming extinct when their numbers started to decline. They were brought to the United States in the 19th century where they were accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1886 and they are now the 72nd most well-liked dog breed in America. 

Italian Greyhuahua Breed Appearance

The Italian Greyhuahua has a short to medium coat, depending on the type of coat the Chihuahua parent has. Their coat is usually more than one color and various patterns including white, caramel, black, chocolate, salt and pepper, red, liver, tan, blue, white, pied, merle, spotted, speckled, sable, or brindle. This is a very small dog that has a tiny rounded head and compact body with long, skinny legs and huge rabbit feet. Their ears are triangular and perky, with brown eyes that are round and bulging, a black or brown nose, and long, tapered tail. They tend to have a serious and intent expression when they are not acting silly.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Italian Greyhuahua eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Italian Greyhuahua nose
Black
brown Italian Greyhuahua nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Italian Greyhuahua coat
Brindle
sable Italian Greyhuahua coat
Sable
pied Italian Greyhuahua coat
Pied
white Italian Greyhuahua coat
White
silver Italian Greyhuahua coat
Silver
blue Italian Greyhuahua coat
Blue
fawn Italian Greyhuahua coat
Fawn
cream Italian Greyhuahua coat
Cream
red Italian Greyhuahua coat
Red
brown Italian Greyhuahua coat
Brown
gray Italian Greyhuahua coat
Gray
black Italian Greyhuahua coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Italian Greyhuahua straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Italian Greyhuahua Breed Maintenance

The coat of the Italian Greyhuahua varies depending on the coat of the Chihuahua. If your dog has longer hair, you should brush him at least every other day with a pin brush or firm bristle brush and metal comb. If he has short hair, you can probably get away with a simple grooming once or twice a week with a slicker brush. You can bathe him with mild shampoo when needed but make sure you dry your dog thoroughly and clean his ears and teeth as well. In addition, trimming your dog’s nails with a toenail clipper once or twice a month is recommended.
Brushes for Italian Greyhuahua
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Italian Greyhuahua requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Italian Greyhuahua Temperament

Your Italian Greyhuahua has to be trained well from the beginning to avoid bad habits, especially with potty training. Once they develop a bad habit, it is difficult to break them of it. Because puppies urinate frequently, many owners use puppy pads when they are young to prevent them from going on the floor or furniture. Do not punish your puppy for accidents but instead, use positive reinforcement. When you see him getting ready to go, take him outside and praise him when he goes outside. They are good with children and other pets but should be watched with little ones because they may be snappy when scared.

Italian Greyhuahua Activity Requirements

The Chihuahua and Italian Greyhound are both very active dogs and need to get plenty of exercise on a daily basis. Since the Italian Greyhuahua is a small dog, you can do a lot of activities with them indoors but they also need to get outside every day for at least an hour. Your Italian Greyhuahua loves to play with other dogs so taking a trip to a local dog park is a great way to spend the day. Your dog may also like to play fetch, agility training, and going for walks around the neighborhood with you. Dogs that do not get enough exercise are prone to bad habits and health problems.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Italian Greyhuahua Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Italian Greyhuahua Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Italian Greyhuahua size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 6 lbs
Female Italian Greyhuahua size stats at six months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 4 lbs
12 Months
Male Italian Greyhuahua size stats at 12 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female Italian Greyhuahua size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 9 lbs
18 Months
Male Italian Greyhuahua size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Italian Greyhuahua size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 10 lbs

Italian Greyhuahua Owner Experiences

Mr. Finn
10 Years
2 People
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Pastimes
Movies
Walk
Dancing
Mr. Finn is very greyhound in nature. Quiet and sweet. He is loyal like chihuahuas and loves loves loves his family and extended family. Especially huge love for his Abuela-Nonna who adores him. He has had extensive dental work because he got the greyhound teeth in a chihuahua mouth.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
stella
21 Months
2 People
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i have always wanted a dog and at first i was like a greyhuahua ummm no but then i met her and was like soo cute she just rolled over for a belly rub
2 months ago
Bella
3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Tug-of-war
Watching tv
Dog Parks
Bella is a really sweet dog. She’ll sit with you when we are sick and is a fun lively dog. We can’t image our life without her.
5 months, 1 week ago
Beila
2 Years
4 People
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Playdate
Run
Fetch
Road trip
Sweetest, most energetic dog you can come by. 2 years old and still isn’t quite sure not to bite so hard when she plays. She is very energetic and still acts as though she’s 6 months. Mentally hasn’t aged a day since we rescued her.
5 months, 2 weeks ago
Biskit
14 Months
3 People
Apartment
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Pastimes
Our little Biskit is a pure joy. He has an undeniable desire to please me (Mom) while my husband and 8 yr. old daughter are not his main focus. His desire for human contact in almost insatiable and he will lie at or on my feet to relax. I find him to be easily in tune with MY voice commands both on and off of the leash. His loyalty & devotion is my own as I have established myself as pack leader by feeding,walking,bathing and grooming him. Biskit is happy and energetic, super fast and can jump very high in a single bound. I love his bubbly personality but I am equally as pleased with his gentleness towards humans. Biskit will never be fully house-trained but I can manage that - and Biskit will still be the coolest dog I've ever had.
6 months ago
Princess
5 Years
1 People
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She is a wonderful loving companion. I feel blessed to have her.
6 months, 4 weeks ago
Dolly Bug
5 Years
7 People
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Dolly came to me as a very young rescue, and just never left, and never will. Fiercely loyal, family orientated, and wickedly smart the Italian Greyhuahua is the perfect dog for a active family, with a A LOT of patience. Stubborn, with a high prey drive makes this smart lil thing an escape artist and runner. AND I MEAN RUN, the brat child has been clocked at about 18-20mph in an open field. Does well with children if socialized with them young, she is a consummate traveler, and is up to pass her therapy good tests in a few months. Definitely love this dog.
1 year, 3 months ago
Harley
11 Years
2 People
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Energy
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Pastimes
Play catch, walks
Great companion, picky often Moody. Loves his kennel. Mourned our older male Aussie and female Jack Russell ( he thought of as as his parents) for two years.
1 year, 3 months ago
Finny
4 Years
2 People
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Pastimes
walking in the woods with his dog pack friends
Best dog ever.... great personality . is my constant companion. travels well. Gets along great with other dogs big and small. low maintenance
1 year, 9 months ago
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