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Old 03-06-2011, 06:48 AM   #1
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Italian Greyhounds?

Anyone here have any experience with this breed? Our local Safe Haven shelter has an 8 month old, and I'm considering applying for her. I called and looked her up, and in many ways she seems ideal. BUT I am hesitant. I have a 4' (actually I suspect not quite that high) picket fence that has been terrier-proofed (my last two dogs were Jack Russell mixes); that is to say, wire fencing from the bottom of the fence into the ground to prevent digging under. My biggest hesitation is that she could jump it (the terriers didn't do "jump"). I don't want a doggie I have to tie up in the yard (trust me, the fence was expensive). Has anyone had one? I haven't gone on line about the breed yet, and since it is an animal shelter, perhaps someone simply said that's what she looks like (one of my JR mutts looked like an Italian greyhound, just not as skinny). I looked into her early last week, and when I looked yesterday, she's still up for adoption. Is she the doggie for me?

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Old 03-06-2011, 07:11 AM   #2
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Italian Greyhounds are sighthounds, which means if something catches their eye, they are going after it. And you will not catch them. They are very fast and very agile. They do not seem to have the layed back personality of a full sized Greyhound either, but if you've had JRTs, you should be fine. Your biggest concern is the 4' fence. Four feet is at least 2' too short. I have seen an IG about 4" shy from getting over a 6' fence. They are also not considered a good breed to have around young children (not sure of your family situation).
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I don't know if you'll find any different info if you do a search, but I believe they are also called whippets.

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They do have fragile bones--I've known IGs that have broken a leg falling off the couch. They also need to be "coated" in the winter. I would think a 4 ft. fence would be sufficient, but the rescue organization would know. Very sweet dogs.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:04 AM   #5
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Claire, here's some reading for you from the American Kennel Club: American Kennel Club - Italian Greyhound

According to the AKC, the IG is a different breed from the whippet.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:10 AM   #6
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Yes, the Whippet is a different breed.
And a 4' fence would not be sufficient for them either. Really, aside from toy breeds, 4' fences are only good for well trained dogs and keeping people on the other side.
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...4' fences are only good for well trained dogs and keeping people on the other side.

Hey, I can jump a 4-foot fence! Well, I could fall over a 4-foot fence.
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Hey, I can jump a 4-foot fence! Well, I could fall over a 4-foot fence.
Are you saying your as agile and spry as an Italian Greyhound?



I think I could fall over one, too, but if I tried to climb it I might not make it

Let me rephrase, 4' fences are only good for setting boundries
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Are you saying your as agile and spry as an Italian Greyhound?...

I'm saying I'm as agile and spry as an Italian Grandmother.
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I'm saying I'm as agile and spry as an Italian Grandmother.
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