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 Purpose
Companion
history Date of Origin
2000s
ancestry 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
coat
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
pin
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
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
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Comb
Comb
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
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 activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Italian Greyhuahua Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Italian Greyhuahua Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Italian Greyhuahua size stats at six months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 6.5 lbs
Female Italian Greyhuahua size stats at six months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 4.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Italian Greyhuahua size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 11.0 lbs
Female Italian Greyhuahua size stats at 12 months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Italian Greyhuahua size stats at 18 months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
Female Italian Greyhuahua size stats at 18 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs

Italian Greyhuahua Owner Experiences

Finny
4 Years
2 People
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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
3 years, 9 months ago
Harley
11 Years
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
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.
3 years, 4 months 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.
3 years, 3 months ago
Princess
5 Years
1 People
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Friendliness
Energy
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She is a wonderful loving companion. I feel blessed to have her.
2 years, 7 months ago
Biskit
14 Months
3 People
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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.
2 years, 6 months ago
Beila
2 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Road trip
Fetch
Run
Playdate
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.
2 years, 5 months ago
Bella
3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Dog Parks
Watching tv
Tug-of-war
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.
2 years, 5 months 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 years, 2 months ago
Mr. Finn
10 Years
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Dancing
Walk
Movies
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.
2 years, 2 months ago
Hunny
3 Years
2 People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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We got her as a rescue when my Dad passed and now my Mom just passed and I am the daughter and inherited her along with my husband and we love her dearly. She is sweet and has done well since my Mom passed
2 years ago
Sookie
6 Years
3 People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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I love my Greyhuahua!She is very sweet and affectionate. Loves to cuddle and burrow underneath the blankets.
1 year, 8 months ago
Mocha
2 Years
2 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
I Love Playing fetch with her
I Love playing get the trash out of her mouth
Tug-of-war
She is the perfect fit for us
1 year, 8 months ago
Bibi
1 Year
4 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing fetch
Run
Cuddles
I love her so much! She’s so good with kids loves to be chased. Loves to cuddle anytime she can. She’s sensitive will cry literally tears for attention. Loves her toys and likes to sleep under the covers.
1 year, 8 months ago
Smudge
2 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Tug of war
Running
Walking
My little rescue pup Smudge is the best boy. He loves children and loves to play. He is such a blankie baby too, he HAS to sleep under the covers at night! He was extremely easy to train with commands and rules but he is smart enough to find loopholes so he never technically breaks them. Example: he loves to dig, knows it's a no-no but if his ball accidentally falls into the holes then he just has to dig it out! He will literally run and play until he is panting and has to be made to stop because he's falling asleep while playing tug of war or his heart is racing because he's so wired. I wonder if this is a breed thing or just his own personal trait?
1 year, 7 months ago
Luna
2 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
racing
Laser
Blanket hog
Eating Ice
Cuddles
Tug of war
Car rides
She is the sweetest. She loves stealing my blankets, cuddling and will literally cry for attention. Ha She hardly barks unless the door bell rings. She enjoys judging the neighbors as she watches from tHe window. She jumps really high and loves to spin, flip, twirl and give high fives. She has killed all her toys within minutes but her chuck it ball and kong have lived since she was a pup. She runs atleast 20mph!!! Always have her on a leash, very stubborn and mischievous but sweet at the same time. Has to be under a blanket when sleeping. Best dog ever!!!!
1 year, 6 months ago
Belle
5 Years
2 People
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Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Belle is very high energy and loves toys. She is a good hunter and can find any toy we hide. She is persistent and will not stop looking for the toy. She is also our guard dog she will protect the house better than a big dog. We had a mouse in the house she was determined to hunt it out and catch it and nothing deterred her. She doesn’t like other animals and hates car rides. She never ever stops barking.
1 year, 5 months ago
Frankie
3 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing Soccer
Watching tv
Eating icecubes
Playing with toys
Car rides
Walks
My dog Frankie is very energetic and friendly!! He’s loves the outdoors and his sister Cookie (A chihuahua mix). He is amazingly friendly and loves to play with everything and everyone! He gets into lots of trouble with Cookie. He was difficult to train and still makes some mistakes but he’s still a goodboy! He loves playing with little kids but he can gets snappy if they get on his nerves, he’s very protective. He loves to watch tv with us and bark at any dog on screen!
1 year, 5 months ago
Smelly Ass Tobey
16 Years
2 People
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This foul, foul creature has lived far too long. His breath smells like the yeast infected crotch of a homeless woman and he has the disposition of a rabies afflicted raccoon. This dog hates everyone and everything with the exception of his owner and is extremely arrogant due to the fact that he is a direct descendant of famous Bufford County racing champion, White Lightening Willie Slim.
1 year, 3 months ago
Pixi
2 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
Playing king of the bed
barking
toys
swimming
Hugging
hide and seek
Pixi is one of the SMARTEST dogs I’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing a house with. She is so full of love and energy, but can NOT stand it if she isn’t the recipient. I can’t even hug my son “goodnight” without her crawling between us, for a group hug! 😂
1 year, 3 months ago
Cloe
10 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Warm blanket naps
Always wants affection, bond with owner, timid at first but loves guests.
1 year, 2 months ago
Bubba
4 Months
2 People
Apartment
Health
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
This is the first time we own one.
1 year, 1 month ago
Stella
1 Year
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
Playing fetch
learning new commands
Car rides
Snuggle time
We got her from a rescue in August 2020 and only knew about her from a small bio online. We fell in love with her affectionate smile, large ears and coat color. We could not be happier dog parents to our little girl Stella ❤.
1 year, 1 month ago
Trudy
18 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
snuggling
Play
We met Trudy at a dog shelter. They said she was a "Chi Mix" and we had always had Chihuahuas so her skittish behavior was surprising but we were able to ascertain that she was a Italian Greyhuahua. She is very loyal and affection (though she shows it by "chewing" on me). She has to snuggle right up to me and is very concerned if anything seems wrong. We couldn't love her more.
1 year, 1 month ago
Lucky
8 Years
2 People
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Grooming
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Energy
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Pastimes
Walks
Won't fetch. If its not food its not going in his mouth. Very affectionate, loves everyone, loves guests, but he often mounts them even though neutered. Rarely barks except at other dogs when on leash.
1 year, 1 month ago
Tyson
5 Months
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Car rides
Tug-of-war
Walk
Tyson is a sweet boy and is very affectionate with us he gets jealous big time when we brought a puppy into the home recently. He loves to play and he is a noisy playtime pup he growls and barks non stop while he is playing he loves playing with other dogs and he loves to go on car rides he loves ice cream and knows when we’re in the drive thru ordering he will wait for his too! He loves to cuddle and sleep under the blanket. He goes with us everywhere he is the smartest dog ever.
1 year ago
Bacon
8 Years
6 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
Nap
Walks
Agility training
He is a rescue, we found him pretty banged up. He was slow to warm up to at first but he is not going anywhere now haha. He's a couch potatoe to the max with the occasional zoomies. We aren't too sure how old he is but we are estimating he is about 7-9 yes old. He loves bacon, cuddles, and hiding under blankets.
1 year ago
Socs
3 Years
3 People
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Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Walks
we got socs as a rescue and while he has had a hard past, it doesnt let him down. Any blanket you own will become theirs and make the best hiding places. Once he warms up to people he will smack their face until they finally rub his belly. He loves walks but does get protective. Squirrels are his number one enemy though. He loves toys that are twice his size just to cuddle up with.
1 year ago
BeanDip
6 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking, playing in the garden, she comes with me w
Our girl was surrendered to shelters twice before we got her. Had never been housetrained. With a lot of patience and treats she's learnt many commands. She's a very intelligent, high energy girl. She lives with our other dog, 3 cats, 2 chickens and our 2 horses. She loves them all and is very respectful. She's a great mouser too, our barn has been cleared of all little critters. She's very affectionate with everyone, she goes everywhere with me. What a gorgeous little girl! Loves to cuddle.
11 months ago
Channing
8 Years
2 People
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I got Channing from a shelter when he was 4 and let me tell you he’s the weirdest little dog I’ve ever had but I love him so much. He loves to snuggle and needs to be on someone’s lap at all times. He does this weird little squinty eye teeth showing smile face when he gets in trouble and it’s gotta be the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. He will literally smack you for attention and he cries actual tears when he misses you. He wasn’t potty trained when I got him and it took about a year but he’s fully trained now. He’s never had any medical issues. I love him so much :)
9 months, 4 weeks ago
Mario
3 Years
1 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
snuggling
Blankie time
Runs
Shopping
Play
Walks
Mario is a super-sociable, people-loving guy who just wants to be a part of the pack and lavishes a lot of love on everyone he meets. He loves his toys and fetch, and he likes to go on runs of up to four miles off-leash on our dog-friendly hiking trails; he comes right along and relishes running at the same pace as his person. He can be a bit skittish and seems to have some damage from a previous owner — he's very scared of small rooms and some uncarpeted floors even if they're not slippery. But he's got a big, big heart and has been the ideal friend for an active person with not a lot of space. He is nice to my cat, though confused that the cat doesn't like him, and he barks at visitors but will stop when shushed. Like other owners have mentioned, my greyhuahua will not sleep anywhere but under the covers by my side.
9 months, 1 week ago
Rose
10 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Going to dog park, walks, travel.
Love them. Great family dog. Very jealous at times for your attention. Loves to cuddle be with you alone. Love the breed.
8 months, 3 weeks ago
Trixie
5 Years
1 People
House & Yard
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Grooming
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Trixie is the absolute best companion. She was a rescue, and she is super affectionate. She loves belly rubs, and if you stop, she will paw at your hands to continue. She sleeps UNDER her blankets, and always finds her way under mine when we are watching TV. She loves the beach, but the waves still scare her a little bit. She does tend to be quite nervous around new people, and when there is a lot of commotion. She HATES thunderstorms and she starts to shake so bad 😭 It’s like she can sense them coming. Trixie is a cream color with white, and NEEDS all the attention ALL the time❤️
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Louie
9 Months
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Loving dogs when they get used to you and very excitable
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Fig
6 Months
2 People
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At 6 months, Fig is already house trained (an accident here and there). She's extremely active and would rather walk than be carried. Sleeps a lot. Has more Italian greyhound tendancies than chihuahua. I started training very early on, can have the tendancy to ignore commands but generally is very responsive if training is continued. Can have a little separation anxiety and is very vocal when she wants. Overall great dog that is super social and outgoing. Excellent breed for first time dog owners. Although by the information above on size and weight may be incorrect as it's telling me that she's the size of a 18 month old pup.
2 months, 3 weeks ago
Buddy
9 Months
3 People
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Very energetic! Also very loving doesn’t want to leave your side. Yaps tho at noise but alerts you to any thing off. He gets cold a lot so he loves being under blankets
2 months ago
Phin
1 Year
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Playing tag and chase. Walking.
This is a fun dog. Very active and very fast! Loves to cuddle and kiss. Very protective of my wife and I. His only vice is digging in the back yard.
1 month, 1 week ago
Domino aka Dominator
2 Years
2 People
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he loves to cuddle
A lady was to bring me a chihuahua; instead, she brought Dom. He is timid around strangers. (Greyhound) When I tried to put a leash on him, he turned into a straight up chihuahua! That is when his name changed to "Dominator". Greyhound = Domino; Chihuahua - Dominator! He is delightful and totally loving. He is a lap dog and as little as he is, he is head of a pack of dogs that include a pit bull and a Great Pyrenees. He is my little leader!
2 weeks, 1 day ago
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My Italian Greyhuahua has been snipping at children and my brother, but they all come thru my room almost on a daily, my 4 yr old niece used to love him but now shes afraid to get near him, how do I correct this behavior

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Hello! Some dogs will get more aggressive when they get older. There could be a health issue going on that I would recommend that you take your dog to the vet to get checked for. At home you can try to slowly introduce him back to your family. The more interaction that you give him the best to help him learn to love people.
9 months, 3 weeks ago
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