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Regal and slender, Italian Greyhounds are friendly dogs with bags of personality. These lively dogs form strong emotional bonds and have earned the nickname of ‘velcro dogs’ because they like to be near their owners. They have a great deal of energy but are also couch potatoes when they’re indoors.
They typically get along with cats and other dogs of similar size. Although small, Italian greyhounds bark rather than yap, and they will readily do so to alert their owners to approaching strangers.
Just like any other dog, Italian Greyhounds can be left alone – it might just take longer to get them used to it. You can – and should – work hard on it, as you will probably have to leave them home alone at some point (unless you want to get a dog sitter every time you leave).
The Italian Greyhound coat is short, sleek and carries no odor. Because of their short hair, they do like to stay warm by lying in the sun, sleeping in your bed – under the covers! – and wearing coats or sweaters when temperatures dip. Italian Greyhounds are not outdoor dogs.
Italian Greyhounds are generally long lived, with a normal lifespan of 13 to 15 years. Responsible breeders screen for health conditions such as PRA, autoimmune problems, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease and hypothyroidism.
The Italian Greyhound is vivacious, alert, highly intelligent and very affectionate, especially when kept as a companion in the house, loving human companionship. They do not thrive well as kennel dogs. They are easy to train and are quick learners.
These dogs are so easy! Italian greyhounds are an excellent choice for the first-time or novice owner because they have so few demands that can’t be met with a little spare time and some love.
Most Italian Greyhounds love everyone regardless of their age. However, they do have very tiny tiny, somewhat fragile leg bones. It is easy to break their leg if playing rough.
Italian Greyhounds are typically not a good choice for a household with very small children or older children who want to be able to “roughhouse” with a dog, because of their small size. This breed does not like quick movements or loud noises. Even simple crying can really stress this breed out causing them to avoid children altogether!
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This mini-greyhound was a much favoured pet in the courts of the Renaissance, and still loves to be pampered. Despite its small size, the Italian Greyhound is fast and can reach 40mph (60km/h) in a sudden chase. The breed’s short coat makes it susceptible to the cold but it does need regular outdoor exercise.
The Italian Greyhound breed origins are not clear, though their place of origin is thought to be in Greece and Turkey, dating to the birth of Christ. In Italy in the 16th century, these dogs were portrayed in artwork of the Renaissance.The English Kennel club listed them in their first studbook, and in the AKC registry, they first appear in 1886, but were rare (less than 50 registrants) until the 1950s.
Historically, they were companion dogs and today they can be seen in obedience trials, agility, and in bench shows. They were possibly originally bred for small game hunting, deriving as they do from the sight hound group.
Height at Withers: 13-15” (33-38 cm).
Weight: 5-15 lb (2.3-7 kg).
Coat: Any colors are acceptable except brindle or the black markings associated with black and tan color pattern. These are not accepted in the show ring. The fine, soft, shiny, smooth short haircoat lays flat.
Longevity: 13-14 years
Points of Conformation: The Italian Greyhound looks like a miniature Greyhound, though he is much finer in constitution. The action is much more animated and high stepping. The skull is long and narrow, the stop is slight, and the nose is darkly pigmented. The eyes are dark and medium-sized, ears are small, carried back and folded and the leather is fine; hair on pinnae is silky and short. The neck is long, arched and fine though well-muscled. The topline is curved starting at the loin. The tuck up in the abdomen is pronounced. The thorax is deep and chest is oval in cross section. The limbs are finely boned, long and straight; metacarpals and metatarsals are short. Dewclaws are usually removed. They possess a hare type foot with moderately arched toes. The tail tapers at the tip, though it is very fine along the full length, and is carried low, reaching the tarsus at rest.
Reported breed characteristics include: Very affectionate, slightly aloof with strangers, adapts well to rural or urban environment, needs regular exercise but quiet around the home. Playful, easy going, sensitive, intelligent, good with other pets and children (gentle ones); they are needy of human contact and do not do well if left alone. An Italian Greyhound demands lots of attention; some have a degree of stubbornness. Easily bored, has a short attention span. For their size, they have a loud bark. Not tolerant of extreme temperature, especially cold. Sweater coverage is needed in cold weather. Overall, not as easy to housetrain as some other breeds. Not an outdoor dog but adaptable to both rural and urban living. The Italian Greyhound is noted for high energy levels, particularly as puppies. In a pack, the dog may be assertive.
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