Height: 13 to 15 inches at shoulder
Weight: 6 to 15 pounds (most average about 8 pounds)
Coat: short and satiny
Life span: 14 to 15 years
Breed Group: Companion Dogs
The Italian Greyhound was a favorite companion of noblewomen in the Middle Ages, especially in Italy. But this small hound was more than a lap dog, having the speed, endurance, and determination to hunt small game. These days, he's a family dog whose beauty and athleticism is admired in the show ring and in obedience, agility, and rally competitions.