HOW LONG DO IG's LIVE?
12 ~ 14 yrs. is an average. 17 ~ 18 yrs. is not unheard
HOW BIG DO THEY GET?
13" to 15" at the shoulders is the
breed standard. The average weight is 10 ~ 14 #'s. It's not uncommon to have "larger specimans" in Rescue,
and they make wonderful companions too.
IG's are generally low maintenance as far as bathing and grooming
goes. They do shed, but not much. It's important to keep nails trimmed, and ears cleaned. Especially important is
dental care! Regular brushing and maintenance is a must since poor dental health is common among the breed.
IG's must be indoor dogs as they have no body fat, and short thin coats. A doggie coat in the winter is advised.
IG's also hate inclement weather and may refuse to go outside in cold, wind, or rain.
ARE THEY HARD TO HOUSE TRAIN? Many will tell you IG's are hard to house train, and I'll tell you that it's one
of the number one reasons they're turned in to Rescue. IG's typically have very subtle cues, or no cues at all
to let you know they need to go out. They love to be warm and really despise going outside when the weather
is cold, wet or windy. You'll have the best "luck" with house training if you will keep your IG on a feeding
schedule, and a regular routine. When not home, it's recommended to keep your IG crated, or confined to one
area such as a kitchen or utility room. Some have reported success with paper or litterbox training. Visit the link below for
more information on litter box training Italian Greyhounds.