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Italgrey.jpg (6418 bytes) The Italian Greyhound is a gentle, submissive and affectionate dog.  They become very attached to their masters and are reserved with strangers. Playful and intelligent, generally these dogs are not difficult to train provided their handler is consistent with them.
Breed: Italian Greyhound
Country of Origin: Rome
AKC Group: Toy
Function: Companion
Life Span: 12-15 years
Appearance: Skinny
Color: Solid gray, slate gray, cream, red, fawn, black, or blue
Coat Type: Short
Grooming: All that is needed to keep the fine, silky coat gleaming is a rubdown with a piece of toweling or chamois. Only bathe when absolutely necessary. After bathing make sure the dogs is thoroughly dry and warm. The teeth should be brushed regularly to keep tarter from building up, and the toenails should be kept trimmed.
Height: 12-15 inches
Weight: 6-10 pounds
Activity Level: Medium
Watch Dog: No
Protection: No
Intelligence: High
Trainability: High
Good With Children: Older
Good With Pets: Ok
Good With Strangers: Ok
Character: Loving
Home Environment: Apartment ok
Best Owner: Loving
Potential Problems:  
Physical: The adult dog is certainly not delicate but until they are about eighteen months old, their bones are quite fragile and they can break a leg rather easily. Italian Greyhounds are prone to slipped stifle, fractures, PRA and epilepsy. Bitches whelp easily and are well-suited to motherhood.