Italian Greyenji:Basenji and Italian Greyhound Mix

Hybrid Breed

Basenji + Italian Greyhound


What is the Italian Greyenji?

The Italian Greyenji, also known as the Basenji and Italian Greyhound mix, is a designer dog breed created by crossing a Basenji with an Italian Greyhound. In summary, the Italian Greyenji is an active, intelligent dog that requires a lot of exercise and attention. However, with proper care and love, this Basenji and Italian Greyhound mix can be a wonderful companion.

Origin and History

Both parent breeds have a long history. The Basenji originated in central Africa and was popular there as a hunting dog. The Italian Wind Ch ime is one of the oldest dog breeds, which can be traced back to ancient Egypt.

Alternate Name -
Origin Democratic Republic of the Congo - Italy
Life expectancy 12 - 15 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average - high
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Suitability and character

This mixed breed is known for its energy and agility. Since both parent breeds are hunting dogs, the Italian Greyenji often has a high hunting motivation and loves to run and play. Therefore, these dogs need a lot of exercise and are best suited in a household with a large yard or with active owners who can spend a lot of time outdoors.

They are generally intelligent and curious, which makes them easy to train if their energy is directed in the right ways. Due to their stature, they are not suitable as guard dogs, but are more suitable as companion dogs.

Attitude of the Italian Greyenji

  • Trainability: due to their intelligence, they are often very teachable, but also tend to be stubborn. Patient and consistent training is therefore important.
  • Socialization: If properly socialized, they can do well with other dogs and pets. However, they may be antagonistic toward smaller pets because of their high hunting instincts.
  • Exercise: This active mix needs plenty of exercise to stay healthy and happy. At least an hour a day should be set aside for walks and playtime.

The most important thing to understand when keeping an Italian Greyenji is that they are active and independent animals that need both mental and physical stimulation. With proper care and attention, the Italian Greyenji will be a loyal and loving family companion.

Care and health

The Italian Greyenji requires regular grooming for their short, fine coat. They should be brushed regularly to keep the skin healthy and to remove dead hair. This mixed breed tends to inherit some of the health problems that are more common in the parent breeds. These may include eye problems and hip dysplasia. Therefore, it is important to have regular vet visits for health checks.

As mixed breeds, Italian Greyenjis generally have better health and higher genetic diversity than pure breeds. However, they can still be prone to certain health problems that are common in the parent breeds, such as hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, and patellar luxation.

Breeding the Italian Greyenji

The Italian Greyenji is a relatively new crossbreed, so there are few established breeding standards. It is recommended to work only with responsible breeders who value the health and temperament of the parent dogs, as well as the conditions in which the puppies are raised.

The Italian Greyenji is usually a medium-sized dog , combining the elegant lines of the Italian Greyhound with the muscularity of the Basenji. This breed varies in size, with most being between 33 and 45 inches tall . Weight can range from 8 to 12 kg.

The coat of the Italian Greyenji is usually short, smooth and dense. Coat colors vary, but can include Fawn, White, Black, or even Brindle.

Fur length short
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Standing Ears - Tilt-ear
Tail rolled up - lang
Anatomy muscular, sporty, slim, dainty, sporty
Size ♀ 4 - 41 cm
Weight ♀ 9 - 38 kg
Size ♂ 4 - 43 cm
Weight ♂ 10 - 38 kg
Suitable For -
  • Kidney disease

    Symptoms of kidney disease in dogs: increased urination (polyuria) increased water intake. Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the mouth. Loss of appetite

  • Eye infections

    Chronic eye infections can be very painful in dogs and can be treated with medication. In rare cases, the cornea must be treated.

  • He usually has a character from the mix of both parents. This mixed breed is intelligent, curious, energetic, affectionate and loving. They are also very good at learning and have a medium (to high) energy that can be kept in check with regular walks and play.

  • Italian Greyenjis are usually very friendly and well behaved with other dogs. However, it is important to socialize them from an early age and prepare them with caution for strange dogs or other animals.

  • The coat of the Italian Greyenji requires moderate grooming. Weekly brushing is helpful. There should also be a regular check of the teeth, ears and claws.

  • The amount of food you should give your Italian Greyenji depends on age, activity level and health status.

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