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Italian Greyhound breed profile

Training and intelligence
They are intelligent, but certain aspects of training may be dfficult. Housetraining can proove hard. As with other sighthounds, Italian Greyhounds are easily distracted by movement, so a reliable recall can be tough to achieve.

Italian Greyhounds are very cuddly by nature - this is partly due to affection, and partly a need for warmth. They can take time to bond with you, but once they have, it will be a close bond.

Attitude towards strange dogs and people
Italian Greyhounds can be shy with other people and dogs. Socialisation is vital to avoid problems.

Grooming and shedding
The Italian Greyhound's short, light coat sheds little, and grooming will be minimal. The thin coat does leave them vulnerable in cold weather.

Exercise should be restricted up to 18 months of age. Italian Greyhounds have bursts of energy, and needs an outlet to burn it off, but then will be happy to relax at home.

Need for company
They need company, and don't like to be left alone. If you can't provide the company all the time yourself, consider getting another Italian Gray hound - they do usually prefer to live in pairs - or even a cat. (Opinions vary on cats and Italian Greyhounds, but many live perfectly happily together.)

Daily teeth cleaning is important for Italian Greyhounds. For some reason these dogs do well in pairs; they like the company of their own breed. They are very delicate dogs, and that gorgeous velvety coat just has to be touched to be believed.


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Just like us, our dogs need to be protected in the event of a collision of evasive manoevre in the car - but did you know that to be truly effective and safe car harnesses should be fully crash tested? We talk to the team inspired by experience to help keep dogs safe as they travel. Author Sue Kittow has experienced how dogs support us through tough times, and has turned her real life canines into characters in her touching novels.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.