The Italian Greyhound, also referred to as the Piccolo Levriero Italiano, is a well-liked breed of slender, little dog that originated in Italy. It belongs to the Toy breed family which is adored for their tiny size and endearing expression. Italian Greyhounds have been bred to become engaging companions and small-game hunting dogs. Their smooth, shiny coat comes in any color, commonly in slate gray, gray, red, blue, fawn, black, cream, or white.
Height and Weight
Both the male and female members of the Italian Greyhound commonly stand a height of about 12 to 15 in, and weigh approximately 6 to 10 lbs.
Italian Greyhounds, in general, are kind , dependent, and affectionate little fellows. They are keen, playful, and intelligent. Italian Greyhounds are very fast, and highly active. The breed is typically submissive, and very eager to please their family owners. They need handlers who are calm, but are capable of displaying an air of natural authority over them. Because Italian Greyhounds tend to be aloof with strangers, they need to be socialized well. Lack of exercise, and over-protectiveness by their owners can make the breed rather high-strung and timid. Italian Greyhounds are best suited for quiet households, though they can still get along well with children other animals. During stressful circumstances, owners are discouraged to reassure the pet by cuddling or stroking since it tends to intensify the dog’s tension.
The breed’s coat care requirements are quite minimal. Occasional brushing or wiping could already be enough to get rid of their dead hairs. Because Italian Greyhounds are prone to acquiring gum problems as well as tartar buildup, owners are encouraged to direct their grooming attention on the dog’s dental needs. It is important that the breed gets to receive tooth-brushing on a daily basis and nail-clipping twice a month.
Like most toy dog breeds, members of the Italian Greyhound are also likely to suffer from tail injuries and leg fractures. Other related health conditions include eye defects, dental problems, and bone disorders. Nevertheless, the breed is relatively sturdy. They are long-lived, and have an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
Italian Greyhounds are generally suited for sunny climates. They do best in warm and caring households. Because the breed could hardly tolerate the cold, owners should keep them from sleeping outdoors. Italian Greyhounds can easily adjust to the noisy city environment or to the silent country home scenario. Access to a secure, fenced yard would be great for them. In terms of exercise, daily short walks and short-time play sessions would already suffice their minimal exercise needs.