Chinese Crested vs Italian Greyhound

Compare the Chinese Crested to the Italian Greyhound. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Chinese Cresteds and Italian Greyhounds.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the Italian Greyhound is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Chinese Crested and Italian Greyhound are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Italian Greyhound is easy to groom while the Chinese Crested has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Chinese Crested and Italian Greyhound are above average barkers.
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Chinese Crested vs Italian Greyhound
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Breed NameChinese CrestedItalian Greyhound
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan13-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height10-13 in.13-15 in.
Weight5-12 lb7-14 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryChinaTurkey
Origin Year1800 AD1000 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • 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 ¹60°F to 80°F60°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredLowMedium
Top Running Speed16 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 NameChinese CrestedItalian Greyhound
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageHigh
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingVery LowBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingVery LowBelow Average
HuntingAverageHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminHighAverage
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameChinese CrestedItalian Greyhound
Lifespan
Lifespan13-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AlopeciaNoYes
DeafnessYesNo
Drug SensitivityNoYes
EpilepsyYesNo
Eye ProblemsNoYes
GlaucomaYesNo
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Lens LuxationYesNo
Loose TeethYesNo
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Thyroid ProblemsNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameChinese CrestedItalian Greyhound
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
BaldYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesNo
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
Bald/HairlessYesNo
ShortNoYes
Coat Color(s)
ApricotYesNo
BlackYesYes
Black & TanYesYes
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black, White, & TanYesNo
BlueYesYes
BrownYesNo
ChocolateYesYes
CreamYesYes
PalominoYesNo
PinkYesNo
Pink & ChocolateYesNo
Pink & SlateYesNo
RedYesYes
SableYesYes
SilverYesNo
SlateYesNo
WhiteYesYes
White & ChocolateYesNo
Blue & FawnNoYes
Blue & TanNoYes
BrindleNoYes
FawnNoYes
Red & FawnNoYes
SealNoYes
White & BlackNoYes
White & BlueNoYes
White & FawnNoYes
White & RedNoYes
White & SableNoYes
White & SealNoYes
White, Blue, & FawnNoYes
White, Red, & FawnNoYes