The satiny, odorless coat sheds little and requires minimal grooming; nails need regular care.
Playful and intelligent, the Italian Greyhound is generally easy to train and prefers to spend most of his time with his owner. They like attention and affection, and are a peaceful, gentle friend to adults and children. Italian Greyhounds are an active breed that loves to run and play and requires daily walks. Their small size makes them ideal for an apartment and his short, smooth as satin coat makes him one of the easiest breeds to groom.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Italian Greyhound is a small breed and has a lifespan of 14 to 16 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Beyond regular weekly grooming with a soft brush an occasional bath will keep him clean and looking his best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Many do well in agility, lure coursing and other performance events. Although not as delicate as it looks, some care must be taken with this refined, long legged breed to avoid booby traps and rough play with larger dogs or active children, activities that might result in an accident that could incur a leg fracture. Playful and intelligent, the Italian Greyhound is generally easy to train and prefers to spend most of his time with his owner. They like attention and affection, and are a peaceful, gentle friend to adults and children. The Italian Greyhound is an active breed that loves to run and play and requires daily walks. Their small size makes them ideal for an apartment.
Italian Greyhound &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia/Legg-Calve-Perthes, autoimmune thyroiditis, patellar luxation, and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Italian Greyhounds are healthy dogs. A short-coated, low-fat breed, IGs need extra attention in cold weather.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Italian Greyhound can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.