A BIT OF HISTORY
The Italian Greyhound is a true greyhoud, his small size the result of selective breeding. There is some difference of opinion as to whether he was originally bred for hunting small game or was meant to be simply a pet and companion.
It seems most likey that he filled both roles, and for this reason is very adaptable to both city and country living. He is loving and enjoys the comfort of an apartment, at the same time being a true hound, he like exercise and outdoor activities.
Perhaps the most outstanding characteristic of the Italian Greyhound is his affectionate disposition. He thrives when his affection is returned and is happiest with his owner and immediate family. For this reason he may sometimes seem a trifle aloof with strangers. He is sensitive and intelligent and remains playful long past puppyhood. He adopts to most househoulds and gets along well with other pets and children. He is eager to please and learn quickly. Many Italian Greyhounds have done well at obedience trails and excels in the sport of agility
CARING FOR YOUR NEW ITALIAN GREYHOUND
Your new puppy needs exercise and attention. Sufficent exercise helps prevent destructive behaviours and increases bone density, preventing accidental leg breaks. Teach your puppy not to jump of couches and high elevations. Italian Greyhounds love to leap and jump and bounce up and down, i encourage you not to make this habit a game.
Like most puppies they will have burst of energy and then will also take long naps from all the play.
Although Italian Greyhounds require little grooming as in coat, they still require ears to be kept clean, teeth to be cleaned at least once a week, eyes wiped, nails to be trimmed all the time, a good coat conditioner is MINK OIL.
Wiping your puppies coat with a silk glove will keep a nice bright gloss to the coat.
FEEDING YOUR ITALIAN GREYHOUND
Select a good quality food, consulting your breeder or your vet will help in deciding which food to feed. Smsll milk bone biscuits help with keeping up the tartar on the teeth
SOME GOOD TIPS ON TRAINING YOUR DOG WITH FOOD FOR THE SHOWRING
I have had great success with feeding your show puppy on a table with small bites of food, if your puppy is unsteady on the table, an iron board helps, as it can move when the dog is settling down. Never be over strict with your puppy on the table, make it a pleasing time so the puppy learns not to be scared of the table...
HOUSE TRAINING YOUR PUPPY
Developing good habits and a routine schedule are very useful in your effort to housetrain an Italian Greyhound. They should be fed at about the same time each day, with young puppies take them outside immediately after eating and allow them to use the bathroom, if you can try to use the same area the puppy will understand why is outside. As soon as your puppy wakes up, let him exercise outside, because he will definately want to use the bathroom.
THE KEY TO CONSISTENCY IS PERSISTENCE