|Barked: Fri Jun 5, '09 12:52pm PST |
|I have both a retired racing Greyhound and an Italian Greyhound (and a Jack Russell Terrier, for what it's worth). Of my three dogs, my greyhound is the least trouble in every possible way (although I love all of them fiercely, this is just the truth).
Our greyhound is extremely gentle, relaxed around strangers and children (you come to value this more after you've had a JRT for a while, believe me). She does love to play in the house sometimes (jumps up on the bed and spins around, etc.), but she is generally calm and well behaved. She loves to go on long walks, but doesn't require a whole lot of exercise. She came to us housebroken, and the only time she had an accident in the house was when she had a bladder infection (so it's not really her fault). She seldom barks. In fact, I've heard her bark maybe three times in the five years we've had her (all three times was when various dogs in the park tried to "hump" her). Seriously, I cannot recommend her breed enough. The downside? It took her a long time (almost a year) before she understood what affection meant. She loves to be petted now, and will lay on the bed with us, but she is not clingy, and when it's night time, she gets off our bed and goes to sleep in her own. This is not true of all of them, however, some are quite velcro-ish. Of all my dogs, this is the breed I would wholeheartedly recommend.
Our IG: you have to love her. She's a bully, really, and the alpha dog in our home. She is spoiled rotten to the core, demands treats by putting her butt in the air and barking at you. Demands to be taken outside under the pretense of having to do her 'business'. Once outside, she does nothing, then comes in and demands a treat for being so good as to make you take her outside. Luckily, we just find this kind of humorous. Unlike a lot of IGs, ours does often go leash free. She is almost 12, however, and has been extremely good about staying right by our side after her mate was stolen when she was about 2. That might have something to do with it, possibly she's afraid of being stolen also. She will curl up on my husband's lap for hours, she is obviously his "baby" (he had her before we met). She sleeps in bed with us, and is a real sweetheart.
The downside, as others have mentioned is IGs are nearly impossibly to housebreak. She's almost 12 and we will probably always have a pee-pee pad down for her. Moreoever, we cannot have carpet in our home, because she will use it as a pee-pee pad. We cannot leave our bathroom door open, or she will use our bathmat for a pee-pee pad. No biggie, i'm not a big fan of carpet anyway, but it is definitely something to keep in mind.
She's a little skittish around strangers, but if they smell like food, she will go right up to them.
Those are my experiences with my greyhound and IG. Hope this is helpful!
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