Italian Greyhound


Italian Greyhounds from the Summerwind Kennel

The Italian Greyhound is best suited for a quiet home with children that will treat it with respect and that won’t expect the dog to join in aggressive playtimes.  A usually timid dog that will need lots of TLC when stressed (and non-stress times too).  It may be hard to housebreak.  They, like all dogs, need consistent training and handling.  They love to walk but don’t need a great deal of exercise.  Great for apartments, but they are not couch potatoes.   They do well with other pets, and many owners have found that a second pet should be another Italian Greyhound.  You will find them to be very affectionate and faithful.  They can not tolerate cold weather without some protection.  Easy to groom and they shed very little.

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Notes for owners
Short.  Little/no shedding. Minimal Good for apartment.  Can get stressed.  Not good with active children.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

Italian Greyhound Club of America

Wonderful World of Italian Greyhounds



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