About Italian Greyhounds

 










 




The Italian Greyhound is the smallest of the family of gazehounds (dogs that hunt by sight). The breed is an old one and is believed to have originated more than 2,000 years ago in the countries now known as Greece and Turkey...
 

IGs are Greyhounds in miniature—more slender, but a Greyhound’s equal in grace and elegance. Standing ideally 13 to 15 inches at the shoulder, they present the sleek, curving lines common to all coursing hounds. Distinguishing features are the long, fine-boned legs.

IGs combine the attentiveness of lapdogs with the complexity of ancient, aristocratic hounds. Bred for centuries to be doting companions and jesters, these high-stepping charmers refuse to be ignored. “On the whole,” writes an IG expert, “the breed would much rather be in your lap or bed than on the floor.” They are, though, true sighthounds and will bolt after quick-moving prey at the drop of a cat. A short-coat, low-fat breed, IGs require extra care in cold weather

Dogs 101- Italian Greyhound

Things To Know

Before acquiring a new dog, stop and consider your lifestyle. Are you aware of the specific health needs of Italian greyhounds? Are you aware that optimum oral heath for IG's requires daily teeth brushing? Learn more about caring for IG's. See More

Are IGs Special?

Okay, so I'm passionately devoted to this fabulous breed, maybe even obsessed. They're beautiful and clean without expensive or time-consuming grooming. They're small enough to fit into any living situation yet large enough to be real dogs. See More

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