Italian Greyhounds are basically toy-sized Greyhounds, weighing 6 to 15 pounds and standing 33 to 38 centimetres. They have sleek, well-built and lean frames. Their long, slender heads have thin muzzles, dark, keen eyes and, small folded ears. They have moderately long, slightly angular necks, slope down broad chests and tucked-in abdomens. They have slim and slightly curved tails.
The Italian Greyhound sports a short and glossy coat that is satin soft. The coat colours come in shades of cream, fawn, black, blue and red. They can be solid or with white markings. The Italian Greyhound doesn't shed much and is easy to groom. All one needs to do is brush it occasionally when it gets dirty and bathe it when necessary or when it has that doggy smell.
Aside from its coat, other grooming regimens must not be overlooked, or you risk a sudden unscheduled visit to the veterinarian. Make sure to brush your Italian Greyhound's teeth at least twice a week to remove tartar and lessen the chance of gum disease. Trim the nails regularly, once or twice a month, to avoid overgrowth and painful cracking. Its ears should also be checked for any signs of infection such as redness or bad odour, which should be cleaned with a vet-approved solution as a preventive measure.