What's the Difference Between the Italian Greyhound and the Whippet?

Italian Greyhound VS Whippet
What's the Difference Between the Italian Greyhound and the Whippet?
Know your dogs! Frequently confused breeds. Get the low down on the differences between these similar-looking dogs.



The Italian Greyhound is extremely slender and barely over a foot tall, but has all the grace and sweetness of his taller Greyhound relatives. There is debate as to whether they were originally bred for hunting small game or meant to be simply a companion. In all likelihood, both are true, as they are adaptable to city and country life. Playful and intelligent, the Italian Greyhound is generally easy to train and prefers to spend most of his time with his owner. They like attention and affection, and are a peaceful, gentle friend to adults and children. Italian Greyhounds are an active breed that loves to run and play and requires daily walks. Their small size makes them ideal for an apartment and his short, smooth as satin coat makes him one of the easiest breeds to groom.

• Toy Group; AKC recognized in 1886 • Ranging from 13 to 15 inches tall (typically 8 to 18 pounds) • Companion, small game hunter




In fact, the Whippet is an English Greyhound in miniature, hence the layman frequently confusing the two breeds. A medium-sized sighthound, it gives the appearance of elegance and fitness, denoting great speed, power, and balance. The Whippet is the fastest domesticated animal of his weight, capable of speeds up to 35 m.p.h. A very versatile breed, they can appear in a wide variety of colours and markings. Although keen when racing or coursing, they are quiet and dignified in their owner’s living room.

• Hound Group; AKC recognized in 1888.• Ranging in size from 18 to 22 inches tall (typically 20 to 40 pounds) • Race dog; rabbit courser

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Comments (4)

So what are the differences? Good descriptions, but so far all I can gather is that a whippet might be three inches taller and two pounds heavier. Other than that, there's no difference between these two dogs.
Fri, 09/19/2014 - 23:25
Italian greyhounds are way smaller, more delicate, and do not have as much muscle tone-- they're considered a toy breed. Whippets are much sturdier and make for solid, medium-sized dogs. Also, blue is a common color for Italian greyhounds, but I've never seen a blue whippet. Brindle is a common color for whippets, but I've never seen a brindle IG. Hope that helps!
Sun, 12/18/2016 - 00:01
I used to have a blue whippet :)
Sun, 02/19/2017 - 03:04
This article doesn't give the reader hints on how to distinguish between the two breeds. I was hoping to spare myself further embarrassment at the park, but I still can't tell the difference.
Fri, 12/12/2014 - 11:35

Dog of the Week!