The Italian Greyhound is a hound of diminutive size that has become the darling of the apartment dwellers in many large cities. Experts agree that the Italian Greyhound was bred down from the greyhound and in most respects is a smaller version of the Greyhound. In temperament it also resembles the Greyhound, for it is a dog that enjoys being with people and being pampered, it is a quiet and gentle dog that generally gets along with other dogs and is mannerly and affectionate.
The IG as it is often called is a small dog that is exceedingly fine boned. Often with small breeds people do tend to carry the dog too much and it is important the the dog be allowed to exercise adequately. Like all canines the dog needs to develop muscle power and needs to be allowed to explore its environment and “be a dog”.
Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Italian Greyhound is no exception. Additionally, Italian Greyhound puppies under eighteen months old are prone to broken legs due to fragile developing bones. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.
Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.
The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet.
The Italian Greyhound can live between 14 and 16 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.