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Old 05-14-2011, 02:19 PM   #1
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I'm not sure if I ought to put this in the hound group or the toy group since the breed fits into both categories!

I've started researching Italian Greyhounds with the intent on eventually adding one to the family - So far I've joined an IG specific email group and I've been talking to the local rescue.

I'd really like to hear from other people who own these little dogs though.

Just how breakable is your IG? - does anyone own them and have larger dogs?

I've been getting about an equal amount of "positive" and "negative" information about them regarding their ability to live with larger dogs. One lady on the Italian greyhound list told me that they can't actually live with other dogs at all because they need to be the center of attention at all times.

That I don't believe at all! but I'd love to hear more opinions. You can never do too much research before jumping into something.

If we do end up adding an IG to the family it will be an adult "second hand" dog. It will also probably take quite a long time before the "right" dog becomes available - but it doesn't hurt to look ahead!

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I know a couple in Phoenix who have a pack of rescued Greys and multiple iggies. We've had iggies homed with large dogs with no problem. Some iggies are, indeed, brittle. Most are sweet, little, eccentric alien insects that hop around the furniture.
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I just like the whippet better and they excel at sports likelre coursing, agility and flyball.
If you have kids,I would worry about how fragile,they look!.
The iggies,I've met were scaredy cats which is a major fault,in my book.
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Since you are looking for a potential agility prospect for a child, I wouldn't recommend the IG. They can often have personality quirks that keep them from top performance and biddability. We used to see a ton in agility, but you hardly see them anymore. Many of the IG people went to Whippets who withstand the rigors of canine sport better. IGs do make nice companion dogs though.
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Since I can only have so many dogs - if we do end up getting another dog for Emma to use as an agility dog I would definitely be putting the iggy on the back burner.

We had already decided that we'd have to wait until Isabelle and Harper are older and less boisterous anyway.

Every dog needs a job and there are only so many hours in the day - I will never have more dogs than I can work with!

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