Brussels Griffon vs Italian Greyhound

Compare the Brussels Griffon to the Italian Greyhound. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Brussel Griffons and Italian Greyhounds.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Italian Greyhound is excellent for new or inexperienced owners. The Brussels Griffon is strongly discouraged for new owners.
  • Children - The Italian Greyhound is very child friendly. The Brussels Griffon does okay around kids, but is not as tolerant as the Italian Greyhound.
  • Grooming - Both the Brussels Griffon and Italian Greyhound are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Brussels Griffon has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Breed NameBrussels GriffonItalian Greyhound
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height7-8 in.13-15 in.
Weight7-12 lb7-14 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryBelgiumTurkey
Origin Year1880 AD1000 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyAverageVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyAverageVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F60°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed12 mph25 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighLow
SheddingLowLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBrussels GriffonItalian Greyhound
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingVery LowBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingVery LowHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminHighAverage
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBrussels GriffonItalian Greyhound
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
AlopeciaNoYes
Drug SensitivityNoYes
Eye ProblemsNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Thyroid ProblemsNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBrussels GriffonItalian Greyhound
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
ScruffyYesNo
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
MediumYesNo
Coat Color(s)
BelgeYesNo
BlackYesYes
Black & TanYesYes
BrownYesNo
ChocolateYesYes
RedYesYes
TanYesNo
WheatenYesNo
BlueNoYes
Blue & FawnNoYes
Blue & TanNoYes
BrindleNoYes
CreamNoYes
FawnNoYes
Red & FawnNoYes
SableNoYes
SealNoYes
WhiteNoYes
White & BlackNoYes
White & BlueNoYes
White & FawnNoYes
White & RedNoYes
White & SableNoYes
White & SealNoYes
White, Blue, & FawnNoYes
White, Red, & FawnNoYes