The Italian Greyhound is the smallest member of the sighthound family. The Italian greyhound is a true Greyhound, his small size is the result of selective breeding. There is some differance of oppinion as to wether he was bred for huntiing small game or as a companion. It seems he most likely filled both rolls, and for this reason is very adaptable to both city and country living..
Perhaps the most outstanding characteristic of the IG is his affactionate disposition. He thrives best when this affection is returned and is happiest with his owner and imediate family.For this reason he is sometimes a trifle aloof with stranges. He is sensative, alert, and intelligant, and remains playful until long after puppy hood has past. He adapts well to most households and gets along well with children and other pets.
Here are some great places to find info on the Italian Greyhound
The Italian Greyhound Club Of America
The American Kennel Club
Teeth are an issue with IG's
ALL ABOUT TEETH
MANY TOY DOGS HAVE GUM DISEASE. IT OFTEN STARTS AS
EARLY AS A YEAR OLD, OR MAY NOT BE A PROBLEM UNTIL
THEY ARE 5 OR OLDER. SIMILAR TO HUMAN BEINGS, IT
OCCURS FROM NOT KEEPING THEIR TEETH CLEAN ,THERE
MAY BE A HEREDITARY FACTOR, AND IT MAY BE CONTAGIOUS
FROM DOG TO DOG!
BAD BREATH IS A FIRST SIGN.
LOOK PARTICULARLY AT THE LITTLE UPPER FRONT TEETH .
IF THERE IS REDNESS, SORENESS, ODOR, AND IF THE GUMS
ARE RECEDING FROM THE TEETH, YOU ARE IN TROUBLE.
BRUSH THE TEETH AT LEAST THREE TIMES A
WEEK (EVERY DAY IS GOOD TOO). USE A SOFT
BRISTLE HUMAN TOOTHBRUSH, AND I USE A
COMBINATION OF BAKING SODA AND SOME
CHICKEN BOUILLION GRANULES FOR FLAVOR.
DOG TOOTH PASTE IS GOOD BUT EXPENSIVE.
I ALSO SCALE ANY PLAQUE I SEE. THIS TAKES
SKILL AND PATIENCE BUT EVENTUALLY YOUR
DOG WILL LET YOU DO IT WITHOUT ANY
SEDATION. YOU MUST NOT HURT THE DOG.
AFTER BRUSHING YOU MAY ADD ANY SOLUTION
YOU LIKE, EITHER SPRAY ON BRUSH IT ON.
THE REAL ANSWER HOWEVER IS ANTIBIOTICS.
MY FAVORITE SO FAR IS AMOXICILLIN 400MG/5CC
STRENGTH. IT IS DESIGNED TO BE MIXED WITH
WATER AND GIVEN TO CHILDREN, BUT TELL THE
PHARMACIST NOT TO ADD THE WATER. YOU ARE
GOING TO USE IT DRY. THIS STUFF IS FLAVORED
AND VERY WELL TOLERATED. USING A WET
FINGERTIP, PACK THE POWDER INTO THE BASE
OF THE GUMS WHERE THE INFLAMMATION IS.
AFTER JUST A COUPLE OF TREATMENTS, THERE
IS OBVIOUS IMPROVEMENT. THIS PREPARATION
DOES REQUIRE A PRESCRIPTION, BUT IS CHEAP
AND LASTS A LONG TIME.
1. IGS DO NOT CONSIDER URINATING THE
SAME BUSINESS AS POOPING. THEY WILL
READILY PEE ON A DEISGNATED PAD, BUT
POOPING IS A WHOLE OTHER ISSUE.
2. THE WHOLE HOUSEBREAKING PROBLEM
SEEMS TO HAVE TO DO WITH THE WEATHER.
IGS DO NOT LIKE BAD WEATHER, IE
ANYTHING DIFFERENT THAN 72 DEGREES,
DRY AND NO WIND! YOUR BEST BET IS TO
FIND A DESIGNATED AREA WHERE THE
CLIMATE CONDITIONS ARE IDEAL.
3. A REALLY BIG CRATE WORKS BETTER
THAN A LITTLE TINY ONE. LET THE IG DO ITS
BUSINESS IN THE CRATE--IT MAKES A GREAT
These helpsful tips came from my good friend Lois March who has over 30 yrs experiance with IG's.
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