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What Are The Characteristics Of The Italian Grey Hound?

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What Are The Characteristics Of The Italian Grey Hound?

Life Span: 13-15 years
Special Skills: Known for ability as hunting dog
Suitability with Children: Yes, although they may be timid, so might not do well with rambunctious, young children
Suitability with Other Pets: Yes, although the Italian Grey Hound may have a tendency to see cats or small animals as prey
Living Conditions: Can adapt to any living environment with adequate daily exercise
Trainability: The Italian Grey Hound will do best with a gentle, guiding trainer
Intelligence: Medium
Exercise Required: Medium
Cost of Maintenance: Low
Common Ailments: Considered fairly healthy, but may be prone to bone fractures, eye disorders like cataracts and Progressive Retinal Atrophy. May also be susceptible to epilepsy.
Breed Characteristics: Yes, Italian Greyhounds are related to the larger, more popular racing Greyhound. This is especially noticeable by their appearance, which is extremely similar to the large Greyhound, aside from the fact that they only weigh an average of 6-10 pounds and only stand 12-14 inches tall. Because all Greyhounds are lean, this may make the smaller Italian Greyhound appear fragile and thin, but they are actually a fairly hardy breed. Keep in mind that the bones of puppies are quite fragile, though, until they reach 18 months to 2 years of age. They have extremely short hair that is easy to take care of and is available in a range of colors including brindle, black, gray, fawn and some even have white markings.

The demeanor of all Greyhounds is gentle, affectionate, and wary of strangers. This does not mean they make great watchdogs though, as they simply become shy and even withdrawn when strangers enter the home. Although this breed can adapt to living with children, they may not do well in a home with a lot of loud or rambunctious children, as they are easily scared. They do enough playing and exercise and will always be up for a walk or a romp in the park. Because of their size, it is best to not allow them too much playtime with large dogs, though, as they may easily be injured.