Italian Greyhound Care & Training

Italian Greyhounds are known for being an active dog breed. They are very lively and can be very affectionate towards their owners. With the right care and training, your Italian Greyhound will become a wonderful pet that you and others around you will love. Just like with all dog breeds and pets, you must know how to care for your Italian Greyhound. Italian Greyhound care is important so that your dog will be raised happy and healthy. In caring for an Italian Greyhound, it is important for you to have the necessary dog supplies like containers for their food, leash and many others. Your pets need to have their own care stuff.

Next, Italian Greyhound care requires that you bring your dog to the vet to get him or her checked. Of course, you want your dog to be healthy and with the help of your trusted veterinarian you can prevent or cure your dogs diseases or allergies. A pets health is really important and every owner must prioritize it. Especially when your dog is still a puppy, there are many required vaccinations that will help him or her grow up well and keep from diseases. At this stage, it is very important to get your dog cleared from any health conditions.

Italian Greyhounds are not furry dogs that need constant brushing or bathing. In fact, the best way to maintain your dogs coat is to regularly wipe it with a wet towel or a chamois. They are not high-maintenance unlike others. Also, if you want to train them, you need to be very firm. But with your firmness, you dont need to hurt your dog. Just use a firm commanding tone and other methods that will make your dog feel secure with your authority. It is necessary also to get your dog housebroken.

Just like most dogs, the Italian Greyhound enjoys walking and jogging as a form of exercise. If you are a runner yourself, maybe you can bring your Italian Greyhound along with you. Running keeps their bodies fit and keeps them calm. Otherwise, they will become frustrated and might become unruly while inside the house.

This breed of dog is perfect for people who live in apartments and other relatively smaller spaces. They dont make a lot of noise and are easy to care for. Even if you leave them for long hours, they will remain calm. 

Italian Greyhound Dog

What is more homely and welcoming to a home than your very own lap dog jumping on you and smothering you with licks and saliva? No other dog is easier to be around with and simpler to take care of than the Italian Greyhound dog. The not so distant relative of the original Greyhound dog, the Italian Greyhound is one of the best lap dogs to have around the house, provided, or course, that your home is not filled with small children.

The Italian Greyhound dog is one of the best breeds of dog to have around and keep as a pet. From their medium-built frame, to their extremely thin coat which makes it easy to take care of, and their energetic and people-friendly temperament, the Italian Greyhound is a dog uniquely made for the lap, and is its own dog, not at all overshadowed by the breed in which it came from, the Greyhound.

From puppyhood, the Italian Greyhound must be taken great care of, since it has really fragile bones for a dog. However, this meticulous care only needs to be done for the first 12 to 18 months of the Italian Greyhounds life, as after that time, this dog almost takes care of itself because of its ease of being taken care of. Also extremely sensitive to cold environments, whether it be an Italian Greyhound puppy or an adult, this breed of dog need to be extra coated when in cold environments, because of its already mentioned thin coating of fur and hair. They also prefer quiet, not-so-rowdy environments when it comes to households, so this dog is perfect, if you are single or are only a couple; small children might not know how fragile The Italian Greyhound dog might really be. Other than these small pet peeves, the Italian Greyhound is still an amazing dog overall.

One of the best traits the Italian Greyhound received from the original Greyhound, was the exceptional speed. The Greyhound is considered to be the fastest breed of dog, with a top speed of 45 miles per hour. Although the Italian Greyhound is not that fast due to its relatively smaller built, it still has a top speed of over 25 miles per hour, 6 miles faster than the other breeds of dog. This, along with all the other traits the Italian Greyhound dog got from the Greyhound, along with its very own traits, make it a dog built for royalty.

Italian Greyhound Training & Care

The Italian Greyhound is a pleasing pet breed to own. With their warmth and comfort-seeking trait, they are suitable for families and are very kind to strangers. Though they might be aloof in the presence of people, the Italian Greyhound could get attached to its owner. With their quirky and inquisitive personalities, this breed is great for experienced dog owners, the ones who know how to deal with different types of doggy characteristics.

The Italian Greyhound is a bit sensitive and stubborn. If you are to train them, they prefer upbeat and active methods. They also respond to treats and positive reinforcement. Compared to other breeds, they seem to be the happy and energetic type. However, physical discipline or even the slightest of touch could affect them as they are sensitive to touch. This makes them not quite suitable for very young children.

If you want a small and lightweight dog for your home, then this breed is suitable for you. The breed is polite and peaceful, without barking much. This dog can be inactive at one point and then athletic the next day. They are not a hypoallergenic breed. So if you or someone in your family has allergies or asthma, this breed could only trigger those.

This breed is a good choice for experienced dog owners who are living in relatively smaller spaces. if youre setting is in an apartment or a building, this dog will not be a bother to you or to your neighbors.

Our 4 paw rating to the suitability of the Italian Greyhound for a sophisticated home and an indoor-oriented lifestyle.

Size

12-15 inches, 6-10 pounds

Coat Care

The Italian Greyhound sheds little to no hair

Minimal coat care that can be maintained by rubbing it with a chamois or a soft towel

Family Life

Suitable for buildings, condominiums and apartments as they dont bark much or request to be taken out most of the time. However, this breed might be difficult for families with small or playful children as they could be quite aggressive when touched. Still, they are very loyal and attached to their owners to the point of following them around at times.

Lifestyle

They can adapt to an indoor lifestyle. However they could be quite demanding and inquisitive of their owners activities. Also, they are very difficult to train so training must be made while they are you to sharpen their focus and to help them with obedience. These dogs can be both a couch potato and an athletic pet.

Health

Life Expectancy

12-15 years

Diseases

Check for epileptic tendencies

Very prone to slipped stifle and fractures

Their bones are very fragile as puppies. When they reach 18 months, they might outgrow this weakness and become stronger.

Exercise

Outdoor running exercise is suitable for this breed as they have the urge to go and play outside

Training

Positive reinforcement, no touch or hitting as this breed could be quite touch-sensitive. They respond very well to treats and energetic, upbeat commands.