10 Things to Know About Adding an Italian Greyhound to Your Family

Maybe you’re not interested my dog necessarily, but if you plan to add an Italian Greyhound to your family, here are 10 things you should know. Consider yourself warned!

1. He’s pretty.
Italian Greyhounds are elegant. Their sleek bodies are a miniature version of the regular Greyhound racing fame. Italian Greyhounds walk like a prancing horse, or a tiny deer. This trait is wonderful if you’re looking to add a lively accessory to your living room. And when you walk him everyone wants to talk!

2. His poops are small.
Because Italian Greyhounds only weigh 10-20 pounds, thye are easy to clean up after. They’re also cheap to feed and can be quite happy living in a small area.

3. He runs faster than my first car.
Beware – this is a racing dog. Italian Greyhounds are pretty happy as long as they get to walk every day. However, they like running better and if the skinny little monster gets out of it’s leash – well, good luck. There’s no way to catch this dog. You’ll just have to follow it around until it tires of playing with you.

4. He only LOOKS like a diva.
Short, fine fur makes grooming and easy task. There are no nasty clumps of fur all over your house and the most hair I ever see is in the dryer after I wash his bed. The downside to the short hair is that he gets cold easily. I’ve tried to find a sweater that a) fits him, and b) doesn’t humiliate him. I’ll let you know when I succeed.

5. He’s quiet.
Italian Greyhounds rarely bark. However, mine sings, or howls, quite a bit when he wants ot come in or go out and we haven’t beckoned to his initial signal soon enough.

6. He’s a snuggler.
My Italian Greyhound’s favorite time of day is late in the evening when I lie down to watch TV. He’ll burrow into my armpit or the crook of my leg. He’s a very loveable companion.

7. He’s dumb as a rock.
I have read that Italian Greyhounds are very intelligent, but I haven’t found it to be true. I’ve also been told they’re typically shy, and mine is not. So apparently my dog just has some sort of heightened social intelligence – at the expense of other valuable skills, like knowing better than to pee on his own leg. Yeah, he does.

8. He’s got little stick legs.
Italian Greyhound owners need to be very careful about letting their [highly intelligent] dogs jump from high places, like a table or high bed. Although my dog plays rough with the neighbor Labrador, the breed is prone to broken legs, which can really drain the Christmas fund. To treat a broken leg you’re looking at upwards of $1,500. Because this dog also likes to follow you around the house, you have to be careful not to step on his slender legs.

9. He pees in the house.
This dog is notoriously difficult to housetrain. Mine is 2 1/2 and I still don’t trust him alone in the house. Invest in a crate, or cement floors.

10. He will turn you into a dog person.
I am really not a dog person. Really. Especially if you’re a cat person like me, and you’re pressured by your family to get a dog – this could be the one for you. Italian Greyhounds have the best qualities of cats and dogs – they’re low maintenance like a cat, but loving and friendly like a dog.

Need to know more? Check out these resources:

Italian Greyhound Club of America
American Kennel Club
What You Need to Know Before Adding and Italian Greyhound to Your Family

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20 thoughts on “10 Things to Know About Adding an Italian Greyhound to Your Family

  1. Oh my gosh, what a dog! I always thought they were divas. Glad to know they’re just thin and dumb. THIS is the perfect So Cal dog. 😉

  2. I have always been a cat person, and I tried to talk the hubby into an IG because I hear they are just cats in canine bodies. I think you just proved that.

  3. Hi! I have two IGs, Rocco and Gino. I also had two full-sized greys–and can say that they are mirror images of each other in everything but size! I love my guys–and they were both rescues. Nice to see someone in blog land who is spreading the word about this great breed!

  4. It’s true! My IG made me a dog person when I was strictly a cat person. But now my IG has me wrapped around his boney, little paw. Mine also pees on his legs and chest. I was wondering if others did this as well. Thanks for the great blog.

  5. ya that about sums it up, on par with other IG’s i have met.
    Dumb, piss all over themselves and the house and the only problem is they don’t make a shock collar small enough.

  6. 1. Yes 2. Yes 3. Yes 4. Yes %. Yes 6. Yes 7. Yes 8. Yes 9. Yes 10. Yes…. I have a 6mo old with colors similar to yours. I always had labs and wondered why I was having trouble housebreaking him! I love him to death, but “Vinnie” is a little stinker! You can’t help but fall in love with them when they snuggle up with you! Mine like to go under the covers at night and curl up at my feet!!!

  7. All of this is fairly true, except my two year old iggy leaves siles that rival my pitbull’s turds and he is by no means quiet! However, my first IG was pretty quiet. Buddy is so sneaky. He knows juat how to go behind my back and get away with things. i’d always read that IGs were smart, and then I was proven wrong. Both of my iggies have been dumb as rocks! Haha. Buddy pees all over his sweaters, and I still can’t find clothes that fit him. Despite all those things he is completely endearing! (:

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  9. I love your greyhound, beautiful dog.
    I also have a small grey hound and his name is joey
    he is a cute and lovable dog.
    I love grey hound dogs, they are the best. Now I am helping rescue greyhound.

  10. I have an Iggy too! Sophia is almost 16 years old and is deaf, blind and underweight. But she still is the best snuggler and best friend ever. I love her more than most people. I can totally relate to most of your points above.

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  12. This article made me laugh out loud….a couple of times! You are spot on about Italian Greyhounds. I love my Frankie but he is about a year and a half and is still not fully house trained. And as for the peeing on the leg…I had never seen a dog do that before until Frankie. I have had many dogs…I am definitely a dog person….and I love my Frankie to pieces but would I get another Italian Greyhound in the future…..uuuummmmmmm…….not too sure.

    • They really are the best little runners. Thanks for the kind words. Glad you got a laugh out of it. Now, I suspect you have a mess to clean up or a dog to chase down. Have a good one.

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