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Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound Dog Breed Information

Breed: Italian Greyhound
Alphabetically: I
Country of Origin: Italy
Color: Black, Fawn, Chocolate, Red Fawn, Blue Fawn, Red, Slate Grey, Blue, Tan, Sable, Yellow, Grey
Life Expectancy: 6 – 8 years
Height: 33 – 38 cm (Adult, At the withers)
Weight: 3,6 – 5 kg (Adult)
Litter Size: 1 - 4 puppies
Hypoallergenic: Yes
The Italian Greyhound is an elegant, miniature fine-boned Greyhound with a long head thinning gradually to a pointed muzzle. It has a dark nose, thin lips and a healthy scissors bite.

Like his larger cousins, the brisket is deep, the abdomen tucked-in, and the back arched. The fine narrow ears fold back along the head, but rise perpendicular to the head when the dog is alert. The neck is long and thin. The expressive eyes are large and dark. The tail is straight ending in a slight curve.

The Italian Greyhound has an easy-care short, sleek coat in solid gray, slate gray, cream, red, fawn, black, or blue - often broken up with white markings on the chest and feet, or white with color markings. A flecked version also exists but are not accepted in all countries. The Italian Greyhound has a high-stepping gait.

Temperament: Affectionate, Intelligent, Companionable, Mischievous, Agile, Athletic

Health Problems: Italian Greyhounds are prone to epilepsy, slipped stifle, fractures, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy). Dams whelp easily. Adult dogs are fairly hardy, however puppies are more fragile up until they are about eighteen months old, and they can break a leg rather easily. During this time be careful with them, but do not treat them like little babies or you will produce an unstable dog.

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