Because of their tiny size, Miniature Greyhounds are not well suited for homes with young children or rambunctious larger dogs. Miniature Greyhounds don’t see themselves as miniature, which can lead to significant injury when roughhousing with other dogs or children.
Because Miniature Greyhounds tend to prefer a quieter lifestyle focused around themselves, as these little dogs love nothing more than being the heart of their family’s world, a household with older or no children is ideal.
Additionally, those looking for a walking companion will also enjoy the company of a Miniature Greyhound. However, if you want a pup to hike, run, or use as a therapy dog, this is not the best choice due to their size and temperament.
If you are looking for a multi-pet home, Miniature Greyhounds do well if introduced at a young age to cats, but will need training not to chase them, since it is in their nature. Other animals they may be compatible with include other miniature dogs, smaller animals like guinea pigs, and hamsters. However, it should be noted that pets in the rodent family are what the Italian Greyhound was once used to hunt.
Miniature Greyhounds are great for alerting their family when there are visitors or possible threats, with their deceivingly big bark, but they are not a good option for those seeking a dog for home defense.
Miniature Greyhounds are compatible with apartment-living and may even be able to be trained to use a litterbox.
However, litterbox training should not take the place of going outside since they still need exercise and socialization to maintain a well-balanced happy and healthy life.
Miniature Greyhounds also do quite well with large areas to run and chase small critters, but a fenced-in yard is best since once these guys decide the chase is on, it is hard to get them back. Miniature Greyhounds have been known to run up to 25 mph, and when they are hunting, they tend to have a one-track mind.