AKC PuppyFinder: Italian Greyhound Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Sensitive and alert, playful, highly affectionate
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; IGs are dainty housedogs, but at heart they’re still flash-and-dash coursing hounds
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 13-15 inches
  • Weight: 7-14 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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Small in size, but big in spirit, the Italian Greyhound is an ancient breed, beloved for his sweet, loving nature. Smaller and slimmer than their larger Greyhound relatives, the breed has a natural elegance and grace, with long slender legs and a shining intelligence. While they may seem like delicate indoor dogs, the sighthound genes are strong and your Italian Greyhound puppy will love playtime and opportunities to run. Most of all, he'll want to be with you, thriving on attention and affection.

History & Job
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Origin: the Mediterranean basin

Year Recognized: 1886

Breed History & Job Description: Archaeological evidence suggests that IGs were bred as noble companions some 2,000 years ago, at the height of Roman power in the Mediterranean. The breed came into its own in Renaissance Italy, where owning mini versions of popular breeds was a fad among the wealthy. IGs were nearly wiped out by the depredations of World War II. American breeders, an ocean away from the ravages of war, kept the breed alive and helped repopulate its numbers in peacetime Europe.

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Italian Greyhounds are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia/Legg-Calve-Perthes, autoimmune thyroiditis, patellar luxation, and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Italian Greyhounds are healthy dogs. A short-coated, low-fat breed, IGs need extra attention in cold weather.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Thyroid Evaluation
  • Patella Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Italian Greyhound Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://italiangreyhound.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Toy
  • 2016 Popularity: 72
  • Breed Referral Contact: Lilian Barber - 951-679-5084
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