Italian Sighthound Breed Information

Italian Sighthound

This miniature sighthound is a pint-sized hunting dog.  Italian Sighthounds love to chase prey, so keep him/her on a leash when you’re outside. This small breed is ideal for apartment life. but beware: they can be difficult to toilet train! Italian Sighthounds are very affectionate, and make excellent family pets. 

Italian Sighthound breed attributes

About Italian Sighthound breed

Description

Also called the Italian Greyhound, the “Iggy”, or “Piccolo levriero Italiano” in Italian, this dog breed is a perfect sighthound in miniature form. These small dogs are incredibly slender, with a refined and delicate appearance. The Italian Greyhound’s head a small and elongated, with a narrow tapered muzzle. The eyes are large and round, but should never protrude. The little ears are high-set and folded, though when the dog is alert, they fly out like little propellers.  

The neck is gently arched and lean. The dog’s back is likewise slightly arched, curving a little towards the tail. The chest is narrow yet deep. The Italian Greyhound’s tail is low-set and tapered, and the end is curved. The legs are lean and straight, ending in oval shaped paws. 

Origin: Italy

Look

The Italian Sighthound has fine skin, with a coat of short, silky hair. They only shed lightly, and need very little grooming to remain neat and clean. Typical coat colours include black, grey, and Isabella (pale yellow or beige). Some dogs may have white markings on their feet and chests.

Health

The Italian Sighthound is generally a healthy dog, but is prone to a few health conditions: 

  • Eye problems: 
  • Cataracts
  • Vitreous Degeneration
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Allergies
  • Crypto-orchidism
  • Drug sensitivity (to barbiturates and organophosphates)
  • Epilepsy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Legg Calve Perthes Disease
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Portosystemic Shunt (PSS)
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease

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Learning

The Italian Sighthound is intelligent but sensitive, so you should take this into account during training. It is better to use positive reinforcement or reward based training for this breed. This clever breed will soon realise what you want. They can be a little stubborn, so be patient and encouraging.  Make training fun for your Italian Greyhound, and you’ll be impressed at how quickly he/she will learn.

Temperament

The Italian Sighthound has two modes: energetic and relaxed. One moment they will be cuddling their human, the next they are rushing around in a sudden burst of energy. As the Italian Sighthound ages, he/she will usually become more relaxed and less prone to zooming around your home. 

On the whole, this is a very bold, affectionate breed that loves to be around family. Italian Greyhounds can be very demanding of your attention: these dogs don’t appreciate being ignored. This breed hates to be left alone! They are much more reserved with strangers, but if properly socialised they will be polite.

Living with

Italian Sighthounds are energetic dogs. You should give your Iggy lots of playtime to burn off energy, and ideally a couple of walks too. Since Italian Greyhounds are quite small but fearless, only go to dog parks with an area for smaller dogs. Iggies have been known to pick fights with much bigger dogs, which they will usually lose! Outside of the dog park, keep your Italian Sighthound on a leash: they have a strong prey drive, and will chase anything from birds to cars. If you have a garden or yard, make sure that your Iggy cannot escape it.  

This small breed is ideal for apartment life. There is one major caveat, however: they tend to be difficult to housetrain. If your apartment opens onto a yard or balcony, this can aid you in toilet training. Italian Greyhounds can be fussy about going out to toilet if the weather is especially wet or cold.  They are also not good at holding it, so if your Italian Sighthound looks like they want to go, take them out quickly to toilet. 

The Italian Sighthound is a sweet and loving dog. They are very good with children, but are not a good pet for very young children (under ten years old). If you have children, make sure they are gentle with your Italian Greyhound. Italian Sighthounds are happy to live with other dogs. Some Italian Sighthounds may also be able to live with cats, if they are raised together.

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The following is needed to bring a puppy into Dubai:


  1. All dogs entering Dubai from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Dubai must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Dubai must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Dubai specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Dubai must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Dubai must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Dubai.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
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The following is needed to bring a puppy into Abu Dhabi:


  1. All dogs entering Abu Dhabi from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Abu Dhabi must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Abu Dhabi specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Abu Dhabi must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Abu Dhabi.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Hong Kong:


  1. All dogs entering Hong Kong must be at least 3 months old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Hong Kong must be equipped with either a 9 or 15-digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Hong Kong must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Valid for up to 6 months.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Hong Kong specific vaccinations: Canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus and rabies.
  5. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Hong Kong.
  6. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  7. Captain’s Affidavit – Document to be provided by the airline personnel confirming that your dog has not left its crate or interacted with other pets at any point during the journey.


* Hong Kong classifies countries into 3 groups. Vaccinations against rabies are only required from Groups 2 & 3.
  • Group 1: Rabies-free countries (at least 6 months of residency) Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Bailiwick of Jersey.
  • Group 2: Rabies-controlled (at least 4 months of residency) Austria, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Guam, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vanuatu, Bahamas, Belgium, Brunei, Cayman Island, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, USA (Continental), Virgin Islands.
  • Group 3: All other countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Switzerland:


  1. All pets entering Switzerland must be equipped with a 15-digit microchip that is compliant with ISO 11784/11785.
  2. Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
  3. Rabies vaccinations are mandatory. Dogs must receive their first rabies vaccine at least 21 days before entering the country.*
  4. The state veterinarian of the origin country must equip the dog with a valid Health Certificate.
  5. Import Permit – all dogs entering from a 3rd level rabies country must carry an import permit issued at least three weeks in advance. Entry points through Basel, Geneva, Zurich.
  6. Different regulations depending on whether it is a commercial purchase or individual and where the dog is coming from.


* Specifications differ for booster shots. ** Switzerland categorises countries by level of risk of rabies in three levels.
  • Level 1: All EU Member States and Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino, Vatican City State.
  • Level 2 (Low Risk of Rabies): Ascension Island, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda,Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Curaçao, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Great Britain (including Crown dependencies), Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, North Macedonia, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Russia, Singapore, Saint Helena, Sint Marteen, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, United States of America, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
  • Level 3: All other countries are considered as having a high risk of rabies.
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