Live with an Italian Greyhound (IG)

full body photograph of a sitting Italian Greyhound Toy breed dog

Vital Statistics:

Life span: 13-15 years

Adult weight: 7-12 pounds

Adult height: 13-15 inches

What's good and bad about the IG?

Pros:

  • Clean and nearly odorless. May be a good choice for owners with allergies
  • Moves with beauty and grace. He's a delight to watch
  • Quiet and refined, your neighbors will appreciate him as well
  • A peaceful, undemanding nature that needs little obedience training but does require daily exercise

Cons:

  • May be prone to broken legs and slipped kneecaps
  • Will take off like a shot if not on a leash
  • Best for childless households; he dislikes commotions
  • Not a watchdog
  • Difficult (putting it mildly) to housebreak
  • Thin skin (literally) makes him a poor choice for cold climates

NOTE: I don’t recommend using a leash and collar for walks. Attach a leash to a body harness, not a collar. The collar is only to hold dog tags, not drag the dog around.

This is a somewhat fragile dog. Tugging and pulling on the collar around your dog’s neck can contribute to a collapsed trachea and other neck damage. Use a body harness.

Here's a short video with two well-trained, male and female, IGs


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If you want to learn all the secrets of having a happy and well-behaved IG in your family, then this Special Report at $9.97 is just for you.

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Get the secrets of painless grooming

Pick up the best techniques for brushing and bathing your IG.

Don't overlook the need for regular dental care and pawicures.

Discover the best and worst places to get a puppy or dog

There are potential problems of getting a dog from an animal shelter or rescue group, not just pet shops.

Understand the common terms you'll find in contracts or bills of sale from breeders and non-profit shelters or rescue groups.

Know how to protect yourself if you buy over the Internet

Understand what puppy lemon laws cover and learn which states have laws or are trying to pass them.

Understand what you should expect from a breeder’s warranty.

Learn how to select the right puppy or dog

Get the secrets of how to inspect a canine and my one tried and true technique to test temperament.

Learn what to expect from your puppy.

Understand American Kennel Club (AKC) registration and decipher the breed standard

Find out why registration isn’t a guarantee of a healthy, happy dog.

We provide an illustration identifying dog body parts so the breed standard makes some sense.

Learn the potential health problems of the IG

You’ll learn about the most frequent genetic problems including heart disease

You’ll get a list of the health tests and certificates that a breeder or other seller should provide you.

Discover how to minimize the possibility of leg fractures

Get your home ready for a dog

Find out how to puppy proof your home.

No, you don’t need to spend a thousand dollars. For instance, a cardboard box with a waterproof, washable mattress makes a fine bed until your puppy is done teething.

Learn how to housebreak an IG

There is a technique that works. We’ll address using the outdoors for a potty as well as using a doggy litter tray (especially nice for an older dog). Find out why it’s a bad idea to paper train your dog.

If you work all day, you’ll see a schedule that works well for you and your dog. You’ll also learn why I don’t recommend using walks for potty time.

Introduce your IG to another dog or cat

Many households have multiple pets. You’ll pick up several tips on the smoothest way to bring a new puppy or dog into your household.

Cats and dogs can live in harmony especially if you start everyone off on the right paw.

Build a sold relationship with your dog

There’s one technique that I consider most important for a happy canine/human relationship.

You’ll also learn the four things you must do to remain the leader of your pack and prevent aggression and dominance problems.

Understand how much exercise he will need.

Understand the minimum training your dog needs

You’ll learn the 5 commands you should teach your IG – for his safety and yours.

We don’t expect you to turn your dog into a circus performer. We offer tips for 10-minute training segments.

Get tips on introducing your dog to a baby and children/grandchildren

Find out what children need to know about playing with your dog and others

Make sure your dog is safe to play with children and grandchildren

Learn how to select pet insurance

It’s getting more affordable but most dog owners still aren’t insuring their pets.

Learn why veterinarian fees are rising so fast.

Take your IG with you when you travel

Find out what the airlines require.

Don’t leave him behind if leave the USA. It’s easier to take a dog with you than it’s ever been.

Learn how to happily combine an RV and an IG

Get tips on making your dog comfortable in an RV

Find out the most common reasons dog owners are asked to leave RV parks

Learn ways to help your aging dog

Your IG will slow down and need a little extra tender care as he ages – just as you will.

We’ll provide some tips on how you can make his sunset years enjoyable for you both.

Learn when it's time to say good-bye

Consider estate planning for your IG

Find out how to establish a trust fund to care for your dog after your death (many states now allow them).

Learn what to do if there’s no one who could care for your dog if you’re not around.

Tear out and save our appendix - Dog 911

Get tips on minor first aid treatments.

Know the normal range of temperature and heart rate for your dog

Know what to do if you think your dog's been poisoned.

And much more ...

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