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Miniature Greyhounds

Miniature greyhounds: compare whippets to Italian greyhounds to find your perfect match.

The question if the whippet is a miniature greyhound is still controversial.

Some respected authors and whippet experts believe that the greyhound, the whippet and the Italian Greyhound come from the same genetic pool.

The type of the three breeds is in fact very similar and what mainly sets them apart is the size.

Other influential authors believe that in the breeding of the whippet was essential terrier and/or spaniel blood to increase speed and gameness.

Probably the question will never be settled to a satisfactory conclusion.

The only certain fact is that a small hound, fast and elegant, of short coat and rose shaped ears, has been around for centuries.

Documents also testify that the workers of North of England at the end of 1800, crossed small hounds with terriers and used the resulting “snap dog” or whippet in races and rabbit coursing.

It seems almost incredible that the balanced and beautiful whippet that we know today comes from the selection of the rough snap dog of such humble origins.

Both these small hounds look like a "miniature Greyhound"and are built for speed.

They both sport a slender, elegant look and a short silky coat but they are two different breeds with distinct characteristics. 

The Italian greyhound is a very old breed, favorite of the nobility since ancient times as a prized pet.

The whippet is a more modern breed, selected by the miners of North England for racing.

The size, colors, temperament and movement differentiate the Italian  greyhound and the whippet.

You can't decide which breed to pick? Compare them at a glance to decide which one is your perfect pet.

Compare Miniature Greyhounds

Italian Greyhound






32-38cms (12½-15 ins) at withers

17-20in (44-51cm)


Ideal Weight 3.6-4.5 kgs (8-10 lbs).

20-26lbs (9-13kg)


Very similar to the Greyhound, but much smaller and slender, graceful and elegant 

Combines muscular power and strength with elegance and grace 


Any color except brindle or tan markings

Immaterial, any color or mixture of colors


High-stepping and free action

Low, smooth, free moving, never high stepping or stilted

Common Health Problems

Broken bones, epilepsy, dental problems 






Smart, affectionate and lively. May appear aloof with strangers. 

Gentle, devoted, level minded.

Not For

Disruptive children, outdoor life

Kennel life

Best With

Adult, gentle owners

Loving owners

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