“IGs,” as they are also known, are intelligent but sensitive, and remain playful past puppyhood.
They have a “double suspension” gallop, which means all four feet come off the ground at the same time when running.
Although Italian Greyhounds are believed to have originated in Greece and Turkey more than 2,000 years ago, they are known as the Italian Greyhound due to their enormous popularity in Italy in the 1600s.
- Delicate, affectionate, lively and sweet dogs who can be a bit insecure
- Respond well to encouragement and affection
- 7-15 pounds
- 12-15 inches at the withers (shoulders)
- Ideal apartment dogs as they do not require lots of space to exercise
- Best suited for a calm home and are great with older, respectful children as well as elderly adults; they are far too delicate for younger children
- While they enjoy the company of other calm dogs, they retain their prey instinct and are not suited to live with small pets
- IGs are dependent on their owners for attention, so if you’re too busy for this co-dependency, rethink adopting this breed
- While Italian Greyhounds have short attention spans and are not inclined to formal obedience, they will respond to upbeat, brief training sessions filled with lots of encouragement and praise
- Despite being associated with their cousins, the racing Greyhounds, IGs do not require an outstanding amount of exercise; they are content to adapt to their owner’s fitness regime
- Happy to walk on-leash or romp around in the house, as long as there is some sort of activity
- Black, gray, tan, blue, white or red with white markings common
- The Italian Greyhound’s short-haired coat is low-maintenance and requires intermittent brushing with a soft bristle brush to remove dull hair and keep it shining
- Given their dainty nature, they need supervision as puppies to ensure their fragile bones do not break
- Must always be protected from the weather elements; during the winter, their thin skin requires a sweater as well as booties for their paws, while a strong sun might require a thin tee shirt
- Their teeth should be brushed regularly and they should be given chew toys, as their slim jaw and sharp teeth make them prone to periodontal disease
- A healthy breed that may be genetically prone to epilepsy, hair loss and dislocated kneecaps
- Italian Greyhounds often face the danger of broken bones, as they are so thin and delicate
- Weak bladder control
- 12-15 years
- Visit the Italian Greyhound Club of America to learn more about IGs or find one available for adoption.