Small size, low maintenance and a friendly personality make the Italian Greyhound and Chihuahua mix a wonderful pet.
Italian Greyhuahua Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a Chihuahua and an Italian Greyhound
» Recognized as an official mixed breed by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC)
» Average estimated lifespan of between 12 – 15 years
» Average estimated weight of between 8 – 12 pounds
» Average height of approximately 12 – 16 inches
» Training difficulty – Low
» Grooming requirement – Low
» Exercise requirement – Medium
This puppy is suitable for families, a single person looking for companionship and anyone with limited space.
Appearance of the Italian Greyhound Chihuahua
Both the Italian Greyhound and the Chihuahua are quite small. According to AKC standards, the Chihuahua must not weigh more than six pounds and the Italian Greyhound is almost as small, with an ideal height according to the AKC of just 13 to 15 inches.
One of these dogs can vary in color from a single color to multiple colored markings. Expect for your Italian Chihuahua to be quite small and to have a short, easy to maintain coat.
Personality, Characteristics and Training of the Italian Greyhound and Chihuahua Cross
Once you meet an Italian Greyhound Chihuahua, you will probably fall in love right away. Both breeds are known for being fun, playful and friendly.
They also both particularly love being with people, so be sure you are willing and able to give your puppy plenty of love and attention before choosing an Italian Chihuahua. Your puppy won’t require a huge amount of exercise, but the Italian Greyhound in your puppy will mean that he or she will need a chance to run regularly.
If you have a yard, that’s great; but if you live in the city a dog park is a great place to allow your puppy to run and to socialize with other puppies.
The Italian Chihuahua is typically smart and easy to train, so if you put the time into training your puppy from the start, your puppy will grow into a well mannered dog.
Health Issues and Caring for an Italian Chihuahua
Though small in size, the Italian Greyhound Chihuahua is a generally sturdy and healthy dog.
However, one health issue common to toy breeds is dental problems.
Some extra effort on your part and the part of your veterinarian can help keep your Italian Chihuahua’s teeth and gums healthy. Regular brushing at home and yearly cleanings at the veterinarian are recommended for toy breeds.
Be sure to bring your puppy into the veterinarian for regular checkups and vaccinations to protect your puppy from other serious health problems. Your veterinarian will also advise you on the feeding of an Italian Chihuahua to help keep your puppy healthy and give him or her the best chance of a long healthy life.
If you are looking for a loving companion who simply enjoys your company; consider an Italian Chihuahua puppy. This mixed breed is small in size so your puppy will be able to accompany you many places and adapt to most any surroundings.
As long as you have love, the time needed to care for and train your puppy and the financial resources to care for a dog, the Italian Greyhound and Chihuahua Mix will make a great addition to your life.