The Italian Greyhound dog breed was a favorite companion of noblewomen in the Middle Ages, especially in Italy.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Italian Greyhound.
Off all the breeds of dogs in existence, the Italian Greyhound is one of the oldest. The Italian Greyhound has been around for between 4,000 and 7,000 years. They were very popular in ancient Egypt and were valued greatly by the hunters. They were very effective in hunting and finding prey. They still have those skills today.
2) Great Hunters
Dogs that are famous for hunting, such as Bloodhounds, Basset Hounds, and Beagles, use their sense of smell to help their owner seek out their prey. Italian Greyhounds are different. While they are excellent hunters, they don’t use their sense of smell. They actually use their excellent sight and their speed to find their prey quickly and easily.
3) Affectionate Dogs
Most people think that these dogs may have an issue with humans, especially retired racing dogs. Actually, it is the complete opposite. Italian Greyhounds love to get lots of affection and attention, and they love to give it in return. Even retired racers love to cuddle and snuggle with their owners. If you are looking to adopt a dog who will show you a great deal of affection, you should consider adopting an Italian Greyhound.
Of all the members of the sight hound family, the Italian Greyhound is the smallest. This is a result of selective breeding. The average Italian Greyhound weight between 8 and 18 pounds. It is very uncommon to find an overweight Italian Greyhound. This is likely due to the amount of exercise that they get each day as well as their fast metabolism. They stand between 13 and 15 inches tall. The Italian Greyhound’s coat is short and course. These dogs can be a variety of colors, including gray, brown, black, and multicolored. There are some Italian Greyhounds who have white on their feet and chest. Overall, they are a very adorable breed of dog.
Most people think of Italian Greyhounds and think of them as being wild and full of energy. This could be due to their reputation of being a racing dog. These dogs don’t need as much exercise as you may think. They need just a few walks a day for 15 to 20 minutes to remain happy and healthy. Also, they don’t need to race during their walk. A brisk walk would be more than enough.
6) Independent Temperament
Italian Greyhounds belong to the sighthound family of dogs, and sighthounds are very different from other kinds of dogs. Sighthounds are independent thinkers who don't particularly care about pleasing you. They may display passive resistance by bracing their legs and refusing to move. You must show them, through patient persistence and absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.
The Italian Greyhound sheds little hair. Its sort and soft coat is very easy to groom. Brushing once in a week and rubbing its coat regularly with a damp towel is sufficient to maintain its coat. It should be bathed only when necessary using a dry shampoo and its coat should be dried properly after each bath. Its eyes and ears need to be cleaned regularly and nail should be trimmed properly to avoid any injury.
Many people believe that because the Italian Greyhound is such a sweet, lovable, docile dog, that they would not be a good watchdog. This is not true. These dogs will often bark at foreign sounds, whether it is a car pulling in the driveway, someone walking through the door, or a strange noise outside. As soon as you hear the sound, you will be able to investigate. These dogs can get scared easily and they can be afraid of strangers, therefore, you should not depend on them to be guard dogs. While they will alert you to a stranger approaching, they will likely run away when the stranger shows themselves.
9) Coach Potato
While Italian Greyhounds are known for their great speed, they would much rather relax than race. They can run faster than any breed of dog, however, they would rather take a nap than run their fastest. It is their love of relaxation that has earned the Italian Greyhound the nickname, “the 40 mile per hour couch potato”.
10) Separation Anxiety
Italian Greyhounds are clingy with their owners and need a great deal of companionship. They do not like being left alone for more than a few hours and tend to express their unhappiness through destructive chewing.