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​ITALIAN GREYHOUND OWNERSHIP

Italian Greyhounds have unique personalities and physical needs that must be considered when choosing whether this breed is right for you and your family. Please consider these points carefully. This very short overview is just a few small pieces of the puzzle when looking for all the details necessary to decide if this is the right breed for you. Please phone me for more information. Included here also are some tips and instructions for basic care of the breed.​

LEG BREAKS- This breed has a very high incidence of leg breaks, not because their bones are weak or brittle, but just because of the laws of physics. The long slender leg will break more easily than a short stout leg. If you are not prepared for the possibility of a leg break, then do not choose an IG for a pet. They love to jump and are utterly fearless- they have no concept of "too high for me" because sighthounds are very farsighted and can view distances better than closeup. That long leap, to them, doesn't look too far and they will bail off. Some common situations that pose a high risk for IGs are raised decks with no railings, stairs with open railings, etc, very tall furniture, etc.

-FLOORING- I must mention that slick floors can cause injury to a dog's joints, since they can't control their movements in these situations. Imagine if you were to do the splits accidentally while walking on ice... ligaments can be torn, etc. Protect your dog's joints and connective tissue by putting down throw rugs in high traffic areas if you have linoleum, slick tile, or hardwood floors.
Additionally, the temperature of the floor is very important. IGs are very cold natured and as we all know, cold air settles on the floor; it's much warmer up at our level! Be very sure that any bedding you put on the floor is very very thick so that the cold doesn't seep through it.

-OUTDOORS- When IGs are not on a leash, it is imperative for them to be inside a fenced yard, or they will chase something that catches their eye and they will possibly not stop running until they catch that object or have gotten lost or run over. They are, after all, sighthounds- and chasing small prey is instinctive to them. Studies have shown that the "hearing" portion of their brain basically "turns off" when they are in the "sight" mode. 

-LEADING ON A LEASH- Some IG owners have found out the hard way that an IG can slip a collar over their head pretty easily and quickly. You must use a body halter when leading on a leash. I cannot stress enough the fact that when they get loose, they love to run and when they are running, they do not listen to calls or commands. Please don't take any chances, even for an instant, no matter how well-trained your IG may be.

-SKIN CARE- These dogs are low maintenance in this area. The reason IGs are odorless is because they do not have highly active oil glands. Do not bathe them with soap, as this will dry out their skin and coat. You may give them a plain warm water bath if you feel it necessary. To keep the coat shiny, a teaspoon of flaxseed oil or virgin coconut oil given with food daily will provide a beautiful shine. 

-TEETH AND NAILS- Iggy nails grow fast. You will need to trim them on a regular basis. Begin brushing the pup's teeth at a very early age to acquaint them with this procedure. This is very important, as gum disease and tooth decay/loss can be a problem in this breed if not prevented. See my Products page for recommendations.

-EARS AND NOSES- The ears will always go through funny stages for the first year or two, before finally folding folding nicely in the classic IG pose. Until then, the ears will flop forward or stand up or even go in two opposite directions for a while! This is caused in part by fluctuating calcium levels during teething.
Some pups are born with pink noses but the black pigment fills in slowly by the time they are 1-6 mos old.​​



​                        ITALIAN GREYHOUND COLORS AND MARKINGS


BLACK ITALIAN GREYHOUNDS -
BLUE ITALIAN GREYHOUNDS -
RED ITALIAN GREYHOUNDS -
FAWN ITALIAN GREYHOUNDS -
BLUE/FAWN ITALIAN GREYHOUNDS -
RED/FAWN ITALIAN GREYHOUNDS -
SEAL ITALIAN GREYHOUNDS -
CREAM ITALIAN GREYHOUNDS -
SABLE ITALIAN GREYHOUNDS -


SOLID  - The solid color Italian Greyhound can still have a small/moderate amount of white on the chest and toes, and still be considered "solid". It's rather unusual to find an IG with absolutely not one white hair anywhere on the body.
IRISH - The irish markings will include white on the feet, chest, and various amounts of white on the collar area, tip of tail, muzzle, and face blaze.
WILD IRISH - The wild irish markings will extend from the feet up the leg, and into the torso.
PIED - The pied Italian Greyhound is white with spots of color in varying sizes in random areas of the body and/or head.