italian greyhound breed information

Italian Greyhound

The Italian Greyhound (affectionately called "Iggy" by its many fans) is a tiny dog with a long history. This gentle breed appears in ancient art of Mediterranean countries dating back over 2,000 years, and there is debate as to whether they were originally bred to be companion dogs or to hunt small game.

Either way, today they are mostly companion dogs (and good ones at that)! They are easy to train and happiest when they are spending time with their owners. Their gentle demeanor makes them great family dogs, and because they love to run and play, they are ideal for families with children. They have a short-haired coat and therefore require little grooming.

While their active lifestyle makes them a joy for families with children, Italian Greyhounds are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – and your family’s vacation fund. Some of the conditions and illnesses Italian Greyhounds are prone to include eye problems such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy; skin conditions such as pattern baldness and color dilution alopecia; and blood diseases such as von Willebrand Disease.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your active Italian Greyhound inherits his father’s bad eyes or his mother’s bad skin, you’re covered.

Common health issues

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