Italian Greyhound vs Miniature Pinscher

Compare the Italian Greyhound to the Miniature Pinscher. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Italian Greyhounds and Miniature Pinschers.

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 breeds are child friendly, but the Italian Greyhound is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both the Italian Greyhound and Miniature Pinscher are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - The Italian Greyhound has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Miniature Pinscher has a low tendency to bark.
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Italian Greyhound vs Miniature Pinscher
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Breed NameItalian GreyhoundMiniature Pinscher
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Height13-15 in.10-12 in.
Weight7-14 lb8-11 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryTurkeyGermany
Origin Year1000 BCUnknown
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 80°F60°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenRarely
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh-Very High
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed25 mph16 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
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 NameItalian GreyhoundMiniature Pinscher
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageVery Low
ChasingHighAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageVery Low
GuardingBelow AverageVery Low
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingHighVery Low
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageHigh
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameItalian GreyhoundMiniature Pinscher
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AlopeciaYesNo
Drug SensitivityYesNo
EpilepsyNoYes
Eye ProblemsYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HypothyroidismNoYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Thyroid ProblemsYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameItalian GreyhoundMiniature Pinscher
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & TanYesYes
BlueYesNo
Blue & FawnYesNo
Blue & TanYesYes
BrindleYesNo
ChocolateYesNo
CreamYesNo
FawnYesNo
RedYesYes
Red & FawnYesNo
SableYesNo
SealYesNo
WhiteYesNo
White & BlackYesNo
White & BlueYesNo
White & FawnYesNo
White & RedYesNo
White & SableYesNo
White & SealYesNo
White, Blue, & FawnYesNo
White, Red, & FawnYesNo
Black & RustNoYes
Blue & RustNoYes
Blue Stag RedNoYes
Chocolate & RustNoYes
Chocolate & TanNoYes
Chocolate Stag RedNoYes
Fawn & RustNoYes
Isabella & Stag RedNoYes
Isabella & TanNoYes
Stag RedNoYes