Is an Italian Greyhound the Right Dog for You?


Italian Greyhound can be frequently seen in pet stores and at dog shows.

Their attractive looks and beauty easily attract people’s attention, not to speak about their perky little ears.

You really want to have this dog, as it has stolen your heart, but you need to get well informed about this breed, as it is not for every home and every kind of owner.

Italian Greyhound dogs, when they are puppies, can fit in the palm of your hand.

When they grow up, they can fit perfectly in your lap, and this is the place where they want to be all the time.

Italian Greyhound or Velcro dogs as they are also called are dogs that will never let you be alone in your house.

They are famous as a breed that constantly wants and needs to be with the owner, even when he/she is going to the bathroom.

This is due to the fact that they just love their owners and want to share each and every moment with them.

Italian Greyhounds are sometimes compared to clowns, being that their desire to play is so strong that, there is no way you can distract them.

So, our suggestion with Italian Greyhounds is not to try to do anything that they do not want to do, as you will not succeed.

An Iggy will win.

So, if you still think that an Italian Greyhound is a right dog for you, be prepared for a life that will never be your own again.

Major Considerations

Let’s take our suggestion seriously.

Each person interested in getting an Italian Greyhound has to do the research.

An Italian Greyhound puppy is beautiful, smart, compact, and practically non-allergic, but you need to be aware that they are not perfect.

Before you get it, we advise that you take a closer look into the following considerations or talk to other Italian Greyhound owners, so as to make a wise decision.

Costs: Italian Greyhounds are expensive dogs, and you can expect to pay if you buy a puppy from a reputable breeder, around $500.

Then, you need to think about additional costs such as vaccines, licenses, heartworm testing, preventative medicine, and spaying.

All these added costs are about $400 plus.

You need to have enough money for medical emergencies, due to the fact that Iggys are prone to bone fracture as they have very tiny leg bones.

If this happens, a fracture can cost you $1200 or more. You need to be prepared for it.

Time: Do not think about getting an Italian Greyhound if you do not have enough free time to devote to your dog as they really need you, to be with them.

In case you work outside the home for a large period of time, and your dog is supposed to be left alone in the house, an Italian Greyhound is not a good choice for you.

It is never suggested to leave an Iggy alone too long, plus, if they start entertaining themselves with something that they should not, it can be dangerous for them.

Iggys, if they have a desire, will reach those things that you thought they could never reach.

Due to the fact that they have very tiny bladders, they cannot control their bladder or bowels and if left for a long time, they will potty on your floor.

Safety: Italian Greyhounds should not be left to roam the house alone and should not be left off-leash outside.

You need to have in mind that a concept of danger is not known to them and they are fast, so any unexpected noise or movement can make them run.

So, the only way to be safe is to provide your Iggy a secure yard or a leash.

Potty Training

Potty training can be considered as the most important reason why so many Italian Greyhounds end up in shelters or in rescue.

Actually, these amazing dogs are so difficult to house train and the majority of them will never learn to behave well.

When it is still a puppy, it will act so that you think they have taught everything,  by either letting you know they need to go out or by using potty pads.

But you need to be aware of the fact that this dog breed will potty in the right place only if it suits them, and not because they have learned how to behave.

Do not get surprised if they potty near the pad but not on it.

They can have a favorite spot to do it, and it can be in your kitchen or bedroom.

No amount of discipline will make them do it right and you need to handle it if you wish to take care of an Italian Greyhound.

Minor Considerations

Italian Greyhounds owners frequently encounter dental issues being that the majority of Iggys develop the periodontal disease at an early age and at some point in their lives, they have problems.

This is due to the fact that Italian Greyhounds have relatively large teeth in a small mouth causing the crowding of the teeth.

Plus, dry mouths are the characteristic of this breed, thus obstructing clearing the mouth of food properly.

Each owner will need to take part in keeping their dog’s teeth and gums healthy and this includes regular brushing and, regular dental exams by a trained veterinarian.

There are other health concerns that Italian Greyhounds are prone to:

  • Thyroid conditions – affect the coat, weight, and energy.
  • Luxating patellas – a structural problem with the kneecaps.
  • PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) – an eye problem that can lead to blindness.
  • Legg-Perthe’s Disease – a disease of the hip joint.

Auto-immune disease – a cellular problem that causes the body to attack itself.

You need to know that not all Italian Greyhounds are prone to these conditions, but if you take a closer look at the breeder’s history you can find out whether or not he/she is producing medically sound dogs prior to choosing a dog for yourself.

This should be done as these diseases are genetic.

Additionally, it is important to perform PRA and Legg-Perthe’s disease testing prior to starting breeding an Italian Greyhound.

The many faces of the Italian Greyhound

The Brighter Side of Iggys

We have only spoken about the bad sides of these dogs, but they do not deserve that, being that they really have some super-attractive qualities.

Italian Greyhounds are known as little clowns, just because they bring a smile to their owner’s face on the worst days.

They will be those that will always love you and will show you their undying love all the time.

Many owners say that Iggys’ purpose in life is to adore those who take care of them and to have fun every now and then.

Italian Greyhounds are ideal for sports enthusiasts and according to the Italian Greyhound Club of America, it is possible to train Iggys to compete in fly-ball, lure-coursing, obedience, agility, and racing.

An Italian Greyhound will be your best bed buddy and you need to be ready to share your blanket with it.

Actually, they prefer your bed to theirs and the good news is that they are non-allergenic and it is very easy to keep them clean.

Even though they shed, their coat is so short that any hair will not be even noticed.

My Personal Experience

Many people are really attracted by the love of an Italian Greyhound and if you like being loved, it can only bring pleasure to your life.

You can be the best friends, but only if you allow your dog do whatever, whenever, and wherever it wishes.

These dogs are so very precious and it is a sad thing that they end up in rescue or shelters because people do not want to take care of them, as a result of their inability to well behave.

This is something these dogs are not capable to change and the owners should accept to shampoo their carpet every week until the dog is pad trained, even if it goes potty next to the pad.

With Italian greyhound, potty mistakes have to be accepted as their way of life and this is the only complaint about them.

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