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Greyhounds vs. Italian Greyhounds?

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Ra

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Barked: Tue Oct 2, '12 11:51am PST 
Can I have some info on the differences between the Italian and the Greyhound on their temperament, origins, individual cases, etc. if possible. Personal experience is much appreciated. smile
Thanks!

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Niki

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Barked: Tue Oct 2, '12 2:04pm PST 
Completely different breeds! One is a toy and one is a true sighthound. Apart from how they roughly look, they have very different needs.

I don't mean to sound rude - but googling their basic info would be much more helpful than whatever ramblings I could type out. LOL
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Squ'mey

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Barked: Tue Oct 2, '12 2:22pm PST 
Wow! That was a bite rude. If you don't want to add something nice, then just don't post! Sorry to the OPhughug
Hopefully someone will chime in with something constructive for you.
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Ra

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Barked: Tue Oct 2, '12 2:50pm PST 
Well man, I know they're completely different breeds (DURR).

And I figured Dogster would be much more insightful than google, so I chose to inquire about the breeds here. If all you have to suggest is GOOGLING, Niki, please get back to google yourself.

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Dr. Watson

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Barked: Tue Oct 2, '12 3:01pm PST 
Actually there is talk in the AKC of moving the Italian Greyhound out of the toy group and into the sighthound group. In the FCI, Niki, they are in the sighthound group. They have the same predatory behavior motor pattern as other sighthounds. Many of their owners consider them to be sighthounds in their behavior. They love to chase.

Iggies are more active and playful than Greys, esp. throughout their lifespan. Despite their misnomer of "toy," they are more than decorative statues. They are not "on" all the time, but they don't have the 'couch potato' reputation of Greyhounds. They are quite mischievous, naughty, like to jump up and off things, and punch you according to my favorite and very knowledgeable Iggie owner. Care must be taken that they don't get fractures as they tend to be a little delicate, but this may be avoided by choosing a breeder who specializes in sturdy Iggies at the higher side of the size range.
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Buster

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Barked: Tue Oct 2, '12 3:23pm PST 
I know someone who has a couple of iggys along with whippets and apparently they're as crazy as the whippets. They're meant to be quite impressive escape artists the dad of one of their dogs got out of a 6ft tall kennel. Gorgeous little dogs but they can be fragile.
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Buster

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Barked: Tue Oct 2, '12 3:23pm PST 
Duplicate naughty

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Angel Lou

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Barked: Wed Oct 3, '12 6:53am PST 
Yea, that was quite rude indeed. Sorry to the OP as well-much rather have you come here and receive true information than obtaining false information from sites like dogbreedinfo that says every small dog has little dog syndrome.

I do not know a whole lot about their temperaments but I do know, especially in developing years, you need to be careful with rough play and letting them jump off furniture as their bones are more fragile when they are younger and break quite easy. I wish you the best of luck with your research,hopefully others will add some helpful insight. If I find anything useful I will post it for you.
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Ra

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Barked: Thu Oct 4, '12 1:14am PST 
Thanks for the reports guys- getting info little by little is still much more productive than dogbreedinfo. smile Angel, if you do find a reliable source on the breeds, that would be great!
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Dr. Watson

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Barked: Fri Oct 5, '12 8:10am PST 
From the Italian Greyhound Club of America: "Intro to IGs (IGCA breed brochure)

The Italian Greyhound is the smallest of the family of gazehounds (dogs that hunt by sight). The breed is an old one and is believed to have originated more than 2,000 years ago in the countries now known as Greece and Turkey. This belief is based on the depiction of miniature greyhounds in the early decorative arts of these countries and on the archaeological discovery of small greyhound skeletons. By the Middle Ages, the breed had become distributed throughout Southern Europe and was later a favorite of the Italians of the sixteenth century, among whom miniature dogs were in great demand. It is, in fact, due to its popularity in Italy at this time that the breed became known as the "Italian Greyhound." From this period onward the history of the breed can be fairly well traced as it spread through Europe, arriving in England in the seventeenth century.

An Italian Greyhound was registered for the first time with the American Kennel Club in 1886. Records show that during the same years a few were being entered in shows. After World War I when the breed was in danger of extinction in Great Britain, fresh stock was imported from the United States, giving evidence of the high quality to be found in America by then.

The Italian Greyhound Club of American was founded in 1954. In 1963, an Italian Greyhound was named Best in Show for the first time, and since then, many others have followed suit.

The Italian Greyhound is a true greyhound, his small size the result of selective breeding. There is some difference of opinion as to whether he was originally bred for hunting small game or was meant to be simply a pet and companion. It seems most likely that he filled both roles, and for this reason he is very adaptable to both city and country living. He is rather luxury loving and enjoys the comfort of an apartment; at the same time being a true hound, he likes exercise and outdoor activities, weather permitting.

The Italian Greyhound can weigh as little as 7 lbs. or as much as 14 or 15 lbs., but the average weight is about 10 lbs. His coat is short and smooth and requires little grooming. He is odorless, sheds little, and is not yappy. When he does bark, his voice is rather deep for his size. Although giving the impression of fragility, the breed is hardy, seldom ill, and thrives in such northern countries as Sweden and Finland, housed indoors."
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