Italian Greyhound vs Yorkshire Terrier

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Italian Greyhound and Yorkshire Terrier are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - The Italian Greyhound is very child friendly. The Yorkshire Terrier does okay around kids, but is not as tolerant as the Italian Greyhound.
  • Grooming - The Italian Greyhound is very easy to groom. The Yorkshire Terrier has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Italian Greyhound and Yorkshire Terrier are above average barkers.
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Italian Greyhound vs Yorkshire Terrier
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Breed NameItalian GreyhoundYorkshire Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height13-15 in.8-9 in.
Weight7-14 lb4-7 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryTurkeyUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1000 BC1865 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • 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/HowlsOftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumLow
Top Running Speed25 mph11 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowHigh
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 GreyhoundYorkshire Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageVery Low
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageVery Low
ChasingHighVery Low
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageVery Low
GuardingBelow AverageVery Low
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingHighAverage
ProtectionBelow AverageVery Low
Remove VerminAverageHigh
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameItalian GreyhoundYorkshire Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AlopeciaYesNo
Collapsed TracheaNoYes
Drug SensitivityYesNo
Eye ProblemsYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HypoglycemiaNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Portosystemic Liver ShuntNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Reverse SneezingNoYes
Thyroid ProblemsYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameItalian GreyhoundYorkshire Terrier
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & TanYesYes
BlueYesNo
Blue & FawnYesNo
Blue & TanYesYes
BrindleYesNo
ChocolateYesNo
CreamYesNo
FawnYesNo
RedYesNo
Red & FawnYesNo
SableYesNo
SealYesNo
WhiteYesNo
White & BlackYesNo
White & BlueYesNo
White & FawnYesNo
White & RedYesNo
White & SableYesNo
White & SealYesNo
White, Blue, & FawnYesNo
White, Red, & FawnYesNo
Black & GoldNoYes
Blue & GoldNoYes