Thinking about purchasing an Italian Greyhound? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Italian Greyhound breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Italian Greyhound owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Italian Greyhound and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Italian Greyhound Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Italian Greyhound and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Italian Greyhound Profile
The Italian Greyhound is sometimes referred to as the "IG". Italian Greyhounds are the smallest of the sighthounds. They are identical to the Greyhound, except for being much smaller and more slender in all proportions. They are lively and full of good spirits and want to please. They crave affection and return it gladly. Italian Greyhounds will adapt well to indoor living, and in fact do better there. They are prone to chills and should be kept in a draft-free environment and given a warm bed to snuggle in. Italian Greyhounds are not a noisy dog. They are quiet and calm. They also get along well with other pets, and does well with older children. IG's are a clean, odorless dog. Owners say that Italian Greyhounds are very easy to care for, making them an ideal companion. They are very sensitive, however, and must not be harshly rebuked. Handle your Italian Greyhound very gently and do not place in a noisy household. They also have a thin skeletal structure, making it easy to break bones. Italian Greyhounds are loveable, however, and love to play. They make fine household pets, as long as precaution is taken with their delicate nature. They have a very short, smooth coat. Just like Greyhounds, they also have a thin face, thinly framed body and small drop ears. Their eyes are dark brown, and they come in colors ranging from blue, fawn, red, seal and white. They often have "socks" on their paws of lighter coloring. Small and petite, the Italian Greyhound is perfect for the person who wishes to take their dog wherever they go.
Other Names: Piccolo Levrieve Italiani, Miniature Greyhound, Iggy, IG
Type: Sighthound and Pariah
Height: 12.5 - 15 inches.
Colors: Short, fine and glossy. The coat
is smooth and sleek.
Temperament: Italian Greyhounds are quiet,
affectionate and calm. They are good indoor dogs, loving to snuggle up next
to you or in their bed. They are not nervous, but may be shy around strangers.
They are playful, loving and devoted to their masters. They love to please.
IGs look for affection and demand it. They are intelligent, trainable, but stubborn
at times. They get along well with other pets usually, and get along with older
children who will not hurt them. Italian Greyhounds are sensitive, however,
and need a gentle hand in training. They are also very clean and enjoy their
Italian Greyhound Care and Training:
Italian Greyhounds are easy to groom. They require a rub down with a soft cloth
or chemise. Bathe only when necessary, but take care that they are thoroughly
dry and warm afterwards. Italian Greyhounds can get cold easily, and need warmth.
Free play and regular walks will keep an Italian Greyhound in shape. In fact,
just following their owner around the house all day can also do the trick!
Activity: Indoors - Low. Outdoors - High.
Italian Greyhound Health Issues: Italian Greyhounds are very thin, making them prone to broken legs and slipped kneecaps. Other health concerns include hereditary eye problems, autoimmune disease, hypothyroidism, and Legg-Perthes disease.
Life Span: 14 - 16 years.
Country of Origin: Italy
First Registered by the AKC: 1886
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