Italian Greyhounds


"The smallest of the sighthounds, this slender beauty is known for its sweet disposition and zest for life.

"Imaginative, funny, loving, amusing... originated as long as 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Greece and Turkey... It had a large following in Italy in the 16th century, hence its modern name..."

"While IGs enjoy their comforts, they are true hounds and appreciate exercise and outdoor activity... Expect to devote plenty of time to playing with them and tiring them out... "It's a high-energy dog""...

"They like to chase small animals, so you can't let them out unless you have a really securely fenced area...

"...has a reputation for fragility... If they get exercise, they're not going to break their legs... But if they're raised in a little ex pen as a lot of Toy breeds are, nothing seems to get strong and functional... so when they jump and land with a jar, they can break their legs...

"Touchy-feely... but... tends to be aloof around strangers... "...their desire to avoid the cold may be one reason IGs have a reputation for being difficult to housetrain... People who have been most successful in housetraining their IGs have dog doors, so the dog can go out at will... if you expect them to wait to go out, you're likely to be disappointed. The majority of IGs turned in to rescue groups or in shelters are there because people couldn't housetrain them...

"..health problems... include progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, slipped stifles, Legg-Perthes disease, and seizure disorders... common to the breed is poor dental health...

"Because they are so intelligent, training them can be difficult... trying to force them to do something is counterproductive... Like most sighthounds, IGs have a brief attention span, so keep training sessions short..." (Kim Campbell Thornton. "Italian Greyhound." Dog World, June 2004: 24-31).

IGCA


Colby Glass, MLIS