Dog breeds

12 Italian Dog Breeds That Make Great Pets

Big or small, these Italian dog breeds are the pride of their country with their good looks, keen sense of style, and sharp intelligence.

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When you think of Italy, you might think of art, ancient ruins, delicious cuisine, and that Italian sense of effortless style and flair for fashion. But did you know that there are several dog breeds that originated in Italy, and are still among the most popular pet choices among Italians? Whether working dogs to protect the sheep or companion dogs lying on the couch– that’s Italian for couch – these small dog breeds and large dog breeds are smart, lovable and – ever since is Italy, beautiful and dignified. So say Buongiorno to these top Italian dog breeds! Ready to learn more about international dog breeds? Discover Chinese dog breeds, German dog breeds and Japanese dog breeds.

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italian greyhound

Its name in Italian is Piccolo Levriero Italiano, but it’s much easier to call this cutie an Italian Greyhound. As slender and sleek as an Italian track model, this small, short-haired breed may have originated in the Middle East, but it’s been in Italy since at least medieval times, reports the American Kennel Club. First bred to hunt small prey, the quick-footed Italian Greyhounds are known today as gentle and affectionate house dogs who are great with children. They are very easy to care for, but they do need a lot of attention and don’t do well when left alone for long periods of time. Because they always have this instinct to chase their prey, never walk them off leash or let them run in an unfenced area. Travel the world and learn about these Australian and Russian dog breeds you’ll love.

Breed overview
Height: 13 to 15 inches
Mass: 7 to 14 pounds
Life expectancy: 14 to 15 years old