Species group: Toy Group dogs
Other name(s): IG; Iggie; Piccolo Levriero Italiano; Italienisches Windspiel; Galgo italiano
If you think of the Italian Greyhound as a toy version of the classic Greyhound, you won't go far wrong. It looks like a smaller, more slender version of the classic racing dog and-- since it was originally developed as a dog that hunts by sight-- the IG can easily be stimulated to chase or even to escape. They tend to be affectionate and enjoy spending a lot of time with their owner, but they also need to spend a certain amount of time sprinting.
Despite their small size, IGs can be a true challenge and they can't really be recommended to novice dog owners. They can be difficult to housebreak if you're not good at providing calm, consistent trainig. They can also be somewhat fragile and prone to breaking those long legs
According to the Italian Greyhound Club of America, IGs have lived up to 21 years-- and they demand regular tooth-brushing every day to maintain their oral health. They will love to be around you, but they will also demand some effort in return. They are not an "easy" breed just because they're smaller in size.
Appearance / health:
The Italian Greyhound is very similar to the Greyhound though much smaller and more slender. The muzzle is long and lean, and is equal in length to the skull. The rose-shaped ears are small and set high. The dark eyes are of medium size. The chest is deep and the legs are strong and straight.
The Italian Greyhound is an average shedder that sheds very fine, small hair. Owners may need to keep the teeth and toenails in good shape. Bathing is done only when required.
Long walks are ideal for the Italian Greyhound. Free running in an adequately fenced yard is ideal for these dogs.
The most common health problems facing Italian greyhounds are teeth and gum disease. Most IG's will develop severe periodontal (gum) disease at a relatively early age, if their teeth do not receive proper care. I'll say it again. The Italian Greyhound Club of America recommends you brush their teeth every day. If you do, your pet could live 14 - 21 years. If you don't, you could have a problem.
Italian Greyhounds are susceptible to Hypothyroidism (low thyroid function); a hereditary eye disease known as Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA); Idiopathic epilepsy; and luxating patellas (dislocation of the kneecap). Fractures of the radius and ulna (forearm) are also a common problem, particularly between the ages of 4 - 12 months.
Behavior / temperament:
Italian Greyhounds require ample amounts of socialization and training. Otherwise, they may develop shyness or excessive exuberance. They tend to bolt when a sudden, unusual object comes their way. Jumping and climbing is usual behavior with many Greyhounds. Their hunting instinct is strong and they love to chase any moving object. With their short attention spans, they easily develop boredom especially when kept alone for too long. Most Greyhounds may announce the presence of a stranger but are unlikely to attack.
They may be difficult to housebreak compared to other breeds. They have a good learning rate. Early training coupled with adequate socialization is necessary to prevent behavioral problems in these dogs.
They are not noisy.
low maintenance dog, sweet personalities, older children, Affectionate, wonderful companions
little bones, rough children, colder climates, Potty-training issues, separation anxiety, dental problems
sighthound mentality, tender spirits, silky soft coats, Leap Tall Sofas
I love Iggys!
She is such a great dog! I have been spoiled by this breed. The only bad thing I would guess is that she is quite fragile, so I'm not sure how she would do around smaller children as far as her safety goes. She is not smelly at all! In fact, people comment about how wonderful her natural "odor" is!!.
From lovedogs Jul 1 2015 1:59PM
Probably the most useful supplement of all
Omega3 acids have been shown to help in many health conditions, the most for these 5:
- Inflammatory skin disorders (including allergies)
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Renal disease
- Cognitive function and neurological health
You should use them even if your dog doesn't have any pressing health issues, especially if your dog doesn't get enough of them from a diet.
In order to get the therapeutic effect you need to dose them correctly, for this you need to consult your vet, so they can recommend the dose and product you should use.
Keep in mind this is not a short-term treatment, omega3 fatty acids have a buildup period of 6-8 weeks before they reach high enough concentrations in your dogs body, and they need to be used all the time, if you make a pause, then you need a buildup period again, and your dogs health might deteriorate if it benefited from omega 3 supplementation.
To sum up:
- Consult your vet about the dose.
- Use products that contain both EPA and DHA in highest concentration possible and right ratio.
- Don't use on and off but permanently..
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 283 days ago
The importance of socialization
As it is for us human beings, socializing in the early stages of our lives is extremely important for our growth and self esteem. The most important thing is to make sure that your puppy has had enough socialization and to ensure that it wasn’t taken away too soon from his litter. Often puppies, especially when for sale, are taken away from their mother and siblings way too soon. If this is not your case and your puppy was brought up following the right guidelines, make sure to provide him with the right amount of socialization time. One of the most effective ways to do so is to take him to a puppy day care. Here your puppy will be followed and looked after by a team of experts and dog trainers. Depending on the set up and environment of the day care, I recommend a minimum age of 3 months when you first bring your puppy to day care. Very important is to take it easy at the beginning: once or twice a week, for the first month at least, should be enough for your puppy, in order to give him time to adapt and get used to the day care. Most puppies will love it and they will learn from other dogs, with help of the trainers, with regard to how to behave, play and have fun. .
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