Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Italy
Group: Sighthound, Toy
Height: 13-15 in.
Weight: 8-18 lbs.
Life span: 12-15 yrs.
Trainability: moderate
Good with children: yes with gentle children
Good with other pets: yes with early socialization, but may chase small animals

Dog of the Month for June

The Italian Greyhound is gentle soul very affectionate and devoted to family. A swift hunter who uses all senses.

What is the origin of the Italian Greyhound?

In the Mediterranean area, art works dating back 2,000 years depict dogs resembling the Italian Greyhound. They were great favorites of Italian nobles. The Italian Greyhound appeared in the U.S. in the late 1800s.

What does the Italian Greyhound look like?

The Italian Greyhound is a small dog, 13-15 inches tall and weighing 8-18 lbs. The head is long and narrow with a dark nose. Ears are small and folded. Eyes are large and dark. The chest is deep and narrow. The straight tail has a slight curve. The coat is short and smooth. Colors are any color except brindle or black and tan. Weekly brushing will keep the coat in good condition.

What is the temperament of the Italian Greyhound?

This gentle dog can be timid with strangers. Early socialization will help check timidity. They are very devoted to and affectionate with their family. Italian Greyhounds shy away from children and adults who don’t treat them gently. They should have a daily walk with an opportunity to run.

What is the Italian Greyhound used for?

The Italian Greyhound is swift and hunts using sight, scent and sound. Best of all it is a loyal companion.

Possible Health Issues

Risk of broken legs and tail bone, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, blindness, frostbite, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, other autoimmune diseases.

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