Italian Greyhounds

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    Jun 26, 2011 12:34 AM GMT
    Does anyone have an Italian Greyhound?
    I'm thinking of getting a little IG but I'm nervous because I heard that they can easily break their legs. Has your IG ever broken it's leg? What was it doing?
    Please post photos of your IG and names icon_smile.gif
    I'm thinking of getting a blue male. Name ideas welcomed..... Romeo.....Brutus....
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    Jun 26, 2011 1:12 AM GMT
    Brutus is my Bulldog's name -- a nice name; but IMO not befitting of a graceful Greyhound.

    How about Giovanni? You can call him Gio for short. icon_smile.gif

    (Romeo is a cute name; but I have a feeling you'd have to endure some Shakespearean jokes if you name him that. icon_wink.gif )

    But once you've welcomed him home, you'll have time to figure out the best name that will fit his personality.
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    Jun 26, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
    We have an Italian Greyhound. Her name is Violet and she is the sweetest, most loving creature on the planet. The breed is extremely expressive and communicative. They are a BLAST. Their legs are fine. You have to be careful when they are puppies because sometimes their ambition is greater than their strength / ability. But once they grow up - there is no problem. They are strong animals. Ours flies thru the house, over sofas and she is fine. There is a pic of her on my profile page.

    Go for it!!!!!icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 26, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    My ex has an IG, and his dog has never suffered a broken leg. However, recently it has started experiencing seizures.
    Any breed is going to have its pros and cons though.
    I have a min pin (which were derived from cross breeding Italian greyhounds and dachshunds). Min pins are susceptible to the same common problems found with iggies (hip displacia, broken legs, et cetera).
    My best advice is to thoroughly research the breed online and find a reputable breeder in your area through the breed parent club (you can find this on the AKC website).
    Be aware that iggies are typically hyper, mischievous, and sensitive dogs. You have to watch them closely when they are outside, because they will get into anything and they're quite fast (you do not want them getting loose). Also, I would strongly recommend you have a fair sized yard for them to run around in as they need lots of play.
    As far as names, my ex's dog is named Ziggy because IGs are commonly referred to as iggies.
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    Jun 26, 2011 10:15 AM GMT
    Thanks for the input guys.
    Yeh, the more I hear about these dogs the more I love them!
    Thanks for the name suggestions. Keep them coming I'm still formulating ideas icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 26, 2011 10:48 AM GMT
    my friend in cali had one, it was afraid of everyone and just shook the whole time.

    but he was cute

    his name was Ferdinand
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    Jun 26, 2011 10:54 AM GMT
    awww cute and sad all at the same time.
    Ferdinand is a cute name. So propper! Very befitting for an Italian Greyhound. They look like little snobs icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 26, 2011 11:24 AM GMT
    Gioachino! And then you can call him G.I. Joe for short.

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    Jun 26, 2011 9:34 PM GMT
    I had a beautiful fawn-colored IG and I gave hin to my brother this year because I've been away too much and, frankly, he was too clingy for my taste. IGs are particularly prone to accidents because they're very fast and they cling to you so it's easy to step on them accidentally. If you don't like dogs that follow you around wherever you go, don't get an IG. If you like your privacy, don't get an IG. If you like dogs that are extremely loyal, loving and clingy, then get an IG. They're like divas--they don't like getting wet, they hate snow, and they're very picky. IGs (or iggies) are royal dogs, and they have that personality.
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    Jun 26, 2011 9:41 PM GMT
    I have a Whippet (Pic on my profile), which is sort of the next size up from the Italian Greyhound. They have many similar traits.... and as Cash said... they are SO sweet and SO precious. My dog really is the sweetest thing.

    The only reason why I didnt get an IG is because I heard its more difficult to housebreak them due to their small size. In fact, many people actually litter box train their IGs. The leg thing scared me away too, to be honest.... but I know a few ppl with IGs and they've never had an issue.

    Anyway, go for it! I dont think you'll regret it! And look up Whippets if you want something basically the same, just a bit bigger....

    One guy I know with an IG named his "Moose" ... short for Mussolini, lol.