Routine Care: Italian Greyhounds are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and frequent play sessions. With a strong chase instinct, they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must.
Grooming: Low grooming needs. Brush coat as needed, at least weekly.
Dental: Italian Greyhounds often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!
Ear Care: Clean ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
Italian Greyhounds are a faithful and affectionate pet that forms strong bonds with their family. The breed can be fragile and easily injured, so they do best with gentle care.
Sweet, playful, and friendly
Trusting and affectionate
Good around other pets and dogs
Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark
Athletic and agile
Alert, curious, and busy
Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much
Can be difficult to housetrain
Can be willful and difficult to train
Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog
Likes to dig
Standoffish toward strangers
Whether you are considering adding a new Italian Greyhound to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Italian Greyhound will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Italian Greyhound you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues an Italian Greyhound could encounter:
The Italian Greyhound originated more than 2000 years ago in what is now called Greece and Turkey. Their name is in reference to the breed’s popularity in Renaissance Italy. Iggys are the smallest of the sighthounds and were originally bred as companion dogs that could hunt small game. Italian Greyhounds demand attention and can become possessive of their owners. They are comfort-loving dogs, often found hiding under blankets. Iggys are emotionally sensitive and prefer to stay out of wet or cold weather. They will be your constant companion and lovingly follow you from room to room.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Italian Greyhound shows signs of the following:
Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
Cloudiness to eye lens
Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye
Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night
Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating
Puppy teeth alongside adult teeth
Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth
General reluctance to run or play
Increasing hip pain at less than a year old
Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws
Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain
Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds