The Ital­ian Grey­hound

Modern Dog - - BREED PROFILE -

Ital­ian Grey­hound puppy The Ital­ian Grey­hound’s ideal height is be­tween 13 to 15 inches at the wither. Weight isn’t ad­dressed in the AKC stan­dard, but they typ­i­cally range from eight to 15 pounds. Ac­tiv­ity level: A nat­u­ral-born ath­lete, the Ital­ian Grey­hound loves to run and play, and has done well in agility, lure cours­ing, and other ca­nine sports. He’s also happy to serve as a couch potato, though! Groom­ing: As easy as it gets! That short coat is silky smooth to the touch and vir­tu­ally odour­less. Teeth, ears, and toe­nails re­quire ba­sic main­te­nance. Her­itage: Hunt­ing and Com­pan­ion An­i­mal The I.G. was def­i­nitely cre­ated as a com­pan­ion an­i­mal, but given his sighthound roots it’s likely he was also ini­tially de­vel­oped to chase small prey. For info on Ital­ian Grey­hound res­cue in the U.S., visit ital­ian­grey­hound.org/IGCA-Res­cue. In Canada, visit www.hel­pi­tal­ian­grey­hounds.com. If you like the Ital­ian Grey­hound, you might also give some con­sid­er­a­tion to the Manchester Ter­rier, Saluki, and Whip­pet. Ital­ian Grey­hound adult af­fec­tion­ate and lov­ing dog, but known for be­ing shy around strangers. He’s fa­mously play­ful— de­light­ing his peo­ple with hi­lar­i­ous an­tics well past the puppy stage. Be­cause of his shy na­ture, early so­cial­iza­tion is im­por­tant with this breed. Get­ting your I.G. out to meet new peo­ple and pets, and to ex­pe­ri­ence a va­ri­ety of sur­round­ings will help him come out of his shell and build con­fi­dence. Ba­sic good man­ners can be taught with obe­di­ence train­ing, and th­ese dogs are fast learn­ers. One caveat: ex­tra pa­tience will likely be needed when it comes to potty train­ing. Like many of the Toy breeds, the Ital­ian Grey­hound may take a while to get the hang of go­ing potty out­doors—and he’ll need plenty of breaks through­out the day. Pos­i­tive re­in­force­ment meth­ods only, please! The I.G.’s sweet and sen­si­tive na­ture is a mis­match for harsh words or ac­tions. Love him, be pa­tient, and you’ll reap re­wards for many years to come.

By na­ture the Ital­ian Grey­hound is ath­letic and ag­ile, but he’s also fine boned. Keep­ing nails trimmed is im­por­tant to avoid slips and spills—bro­ken bones are a con­cern for this breed. In pup­py­hood, safety pre­cau­tions should be taken to en­sure that the I.G. can’t jump on or off high sur­faces.

His sighthound ge­netic make-up means that the I.G. has an in­nate in­stinct to chase mov­ing ob­jects. For this rea­son, th­ese dogs should be on-leash when out of doors or else kept in a prop­erly-fenced yard. Watch­ing th­ese tiny per­for­mance ath­letes in their dou­ble-sus­pen­sion gal­lop is a sight to be­hold—the Ital­ian Grey­hound loves to run! On the other hand, with his size he’s well-suited for apart­ment life. Daily walks are an ab­so­lute min­i­mum, as are play ses­sions and, of course, cud­dles—lots and lots of cud­dles for th­ese dot­ing dogs.

Speak­ing of cud­dles, I.G.’s are heat-seek­ers. You’re far more likely to find one on your lap than at your feet. They’re not built to with­stand cold cli­mates, so a stock­pile of sweaters and coats for in­clement weather is a must.

El­e­gant and grace­ful, play­ful and lov­ing, the Ital­ian Grey­hound packs a tremen­dous amount of per­son­al­ity in such a tiny pack­age. The dogs that once be­longed only to the no­bil­ity are now avail­able to the masses—but rest as­sured your I.G. will still wor­ship you like a king or queen.

Manch­ester Ter­rier Saluki Whip­pet

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