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Coley asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

What sort of things should I know about an IG?

We just got a new foster dog who was found along the highway and turned over to the vet clinic. They called me after keeping him for a week and asked if I would at least foster him as they have no room to keep him any longer. So like a #10 has been added to our family!

He is assumed to be about 5yrs old or so. Nice dog, mellow, quiet, someone jumpy and timid. Gentle and sweet. I am totally unfamiar with this breed HAHA. Any relevant information I should be aware of with the breed? Through research I have found they tend to have an anesthetic sensitivity and bad mouths (he has lots of plaque buildup so I am working daily to do a standing dental on him)

I also read to not bath them? Why? He pees on his front legs (neutered young and squats haha) So yeah, I have bathed him. My daughter has named him Boyd and is working REALLY hard to get him to bond with her. He seems to have some separation anxiety issues. I nicknamed him velcro.

IDK, just any relevant information about the breed etc would be helpful so I better know what to expect. The vet was going to do a dental on him before she released him to me. Glad I researched a bit about the anes issue with the breed first! Just don't see a lot of IG's around here with our crazy cold winters! I did have blood pulled on him and sent in for a complete panel to see where he is at as we know nothing. Thanks in advance


Thanks guys and esp thanks for the links to martigale type collars.

He is housebroke and does great to let us know to go out. NOT accustomed to a leash but has adapted well. We live on a farm far off the highway with no traffic so he gets short burst of unleashed running in the yard. He doesn't seem to care for the other dogs but doesn't mind them either. Today he played with my AB pup...enticed her to a game of chase WOW poetry in motion to watch this guy run with ease!

As far as my daughter, she is AWESOME with dogs and keeps him leashed to her when she is home and takes him to bed with her at night. She is trying very hard to get him to like her. She has a pocket of treats and is trying to get him accustomed to his new name (Boyd) During the day I ignore him and just tend to his needs sort of thing. I have a feeling he was not raised with children. Probably dumped before entering Canada as that happens a lot around here with truck drivers etc.

Update 2:

I'm guessing him to be an IG...but he seems big? I have never seen an adult tho. He is a about 2ft at the shoulders and weighs 18#. Wish I knew how to post pics on here I would!

Update 3:

If this works...this is a pic of him

4 Answers

  • Ruby
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    EDIT: That sure is an IG. He is just what we refer to as a "biggie iggie." He's incredibly handsome and I know he'll settle in great! :)

    Bathe him if he smells. IGs don't really need baths very often due to very little doggy odor in their coats, but if he's stinky.. by all means.

    Igs can be fairly difficult to house train, so stick with it, especially if you're living in cooler weather. They're known to mess in the house if it's too cold/wet/rainy/etc for them to go outside! It's actually one of the biggest reasons that they end up in rescue.

    All the iggies I've met (including my own) have been total velcro dogs. He and your daughter are going to be completely inseperable. Iggies LOVE children.

    They're prone to leg breaks.. and also seem to be born with the idea that they can fly. So watch him very carefully around the furniture. Try not to let him jump off of any sofas or recliners.

    IGs can't be trusted off leash. They're tiny sighthounds, so if they spot something like a squirrel or something resembling prey, off they'll go, ignoring whatever recall you trained into them.

    If he doesn't already have one, he'll probably need a martingale collar. Most IGs can slip out of normal flat collars.

    If you've got a dog park nearby or a fenced in yard, Igs really love to get a good run in a few times a week. They're FAST.

    Other than that.. enjoy your new foster. You'll most likely fall head over heels in love with him. As my vet says, "they live to be about 150 and have the best ever personalities." Best of luck!

  • 1 decade ago

    You can bathe them, but ONLY when necessary. I don't know why you can't bathe it as i've never heard of anything that goes wrong if ya do.

    Umm... Italian Greyhounds can suffer from dental disease, cataracts and other eye diseases, skin disorders, loose knees, epilepsy, heart disease, and more..

    Here's good training stuff (including Recall'ing help with IGs):

    Martingale Collars are pretty much a must.

    Greyhounds have prey drive of varying degrees; since a hound only needs a few inches of open door to escape (and once out, they can easily hit 40-45mph very quickly while in pursuit of prey), it's highly recommended. Think of it as buying a lo-jack; something you hope you never need.

    As to the seperation anxiety issue- while Greyhounds at the track are kept in crates along with other dogs, there is no scientific evidence that shows a direct link between seperation anxiety and (I)Greyhounds.

    Each hound is unique in their own way; some hounds will do very well while left alone, while others less so. There are numerous books and training tips to deal with this; one highly recommended book is "I'll Be Home Soon".

    As to what kind of a home they do well in... IGs are used to being on a fairly set schedule (turnout, feedings, walks, etc.). Each hound has a level of activity that they prefer; some are more active, and some (like my boy hound) sleep 23 hours a day. They do not need vigorous exercise; they need a couple short to moderate walks a day (for turnout/business).

    Separation Anxiety stuff:

  • 4 years ago

    begin off utilising the wall so that you dont seem too keen, then if she sends you a message or an im reciprocate with that. If the wall messages begin getting personal otherwise you desire to praise her, use the inbox. Good success!!!

  • 1 decade ago

    They usually are really sweet, smart, loyal and good family dogs.

    Here's a site that might give you the information you're looking for and thanks for taking in this lovely dog;

    Source(s): Breeder, Handler, Obedience trainer
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