Italian Greyhound vs Norfolk Terrier

Compare the Italian Greyhound to the Norfolk Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Italian Greyhounds and Norfolk Terriers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Italian Greyhound is an excellent choice for new/inexperienced owners. The Norfolk Terrier is okay for new owners, but may not be as easy as the Italian Greyhound.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Italian Greyhound is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both the Italian Greyhound and Norfolk Terrier are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Norfolk Terrier has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Breed NameItalian GreyhoundNorfolk Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.13-18 yrs.
Height13-15 in.9-10 in.
Weight7-14 lb10-11 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryTurkeyUK (England)
Origin Year1000 BC1932 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodGood
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Enjoys Attention
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 80°F40°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumLow
Top Running Speed25 mph24 mph
StrengthLowMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow-Medium
SheddingLowLow
DanderLowNone-Low
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 GreyhoundNorfolk Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageHigh
ChasingHighHigh
Follow CommandsBelow AverageVery Low
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageHigh
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameItalian GreyhoundNorfolk Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.13-18 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AlopeciaYesNo
Drug SensitivityYesNo
Eye ProblemsYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Thyroid ProblemsYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameItalian GreyhoundNorfolk Terrier
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
ScruffyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black&tanYesYes
BlueYesNo
Blue & FawnYesNo
Blue & TanYesNo
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
GrizzleNoYes
WheatenNoYes