Italian Greyhound vs Toy Fox Terrier

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

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 Italian Greyhound and Toy Fox Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Italian Greyhound and Toy Fox Terrier are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Toy Fox Terrier has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Italian Greyhound vs Toy Fox Terrier
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Breed NameItalian GreyhoundToy Fox Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.13-15 yrs.
Height13-15 in.8½-11½ in.
Weight7-14 lb3½-7 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryTurkeyUnited States
Origin Year1000 BC1930 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed25 mph16 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow-Medium
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 GreyhoundToy Fox Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingHighBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingHighBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameItalian GreyhoundToy Fox Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.13-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AlopeciaYesNo
Demodectic MangeNoYes
Drug SensitivityYesNo
Eye ProblemsYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Thyroid ProblemsYesNo
Von Willebrand's DiseaseNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameItalian GreyhoundToy Fox Terrier
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
BlueYesNo
Blue & FawnYesNo
Blue & TanYesNo
BrindleYesNo
ChocolateYesNo
CreamYesNo
FawnYesNo
RedYesNo
Red & FawnYesNo
SableYesNo
SealYesNo
WhiteYesNo
White & BlackYesYes
White & BlueYesNo
White & FawnYesNo
White & RedYesNo
White & SableYesNo
White & SealYesNo
White, Blue, & FawnYesNo
White, Red, & FawnYesNo
White & TanNoYes
White, Black, & TanNoYes
White, Chocolate, & TanNoYes