The Italian Greyhound is a small pet dog, typically cheerful and friendly by nature and happy in most home environments. Ideally he would like a garden and regular exercise with plenty of opportunity to run free. His short, velvety coat is easy to care for, requiring grooming once a week.
Inbreeding Coefficient - COI
(Should be as low as possible)
The UK Kennel Club breed average COI is 10.9% - see 'A Beginners Guide to COI'
Effective Population Size - EPS80.92
EPS is a measure of how many individuals are contributing genetically to a breed population. It is a measure of the size of the gene pool in a breed. Lower than 100 is considered critical by conservationists and below 50 brings a breed close to extinction. For more information see the Kennel Club article.
Health and Welfare Problems due to Conformation
(Body shape and physical characteristics)
The Italian Greyhound is probably not as delicate as he looks but there is a danger of limb fracture with activities which are too vigorous.
BVA/KC Health Schemes: www.bva.co.uk/chs
Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) : No EBVs are currently available for this breed
DNA Tests Available
DogWellNet and IPFD Harmonisation of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD)
- Primary lens luxation (PLL)
- Amelogenesis Imperfecta (Familial Enamel Hypoplasia)
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (Italian Greyhound IG-PRA 1)
- Primary Closed Angle Glaucoma (PCAG)
Availability of a DNA test does not mean that it is always necessary or even desirable for breeders to use this test.
Other Breed-Specific Health Screening Schemes
Ask the breeder to show you the certificates for the above tests/screening for both parents. If any of the above tests have not been considered necessary by the breeder (and there may be good reasons), ask her to explain why.
Other Diseases Reported
(For which there are currently no genetic or screening tests for sire or dam)
- Limb fractures
- Multiple autoimmune syndrome
- Cancer: cutaneous haemangiosarcoma
- Patellar luxation
- Vitreal syneresis
Ask the breeder about the medical history of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents. Consider carefully whether to purchase a puppy if some of these or other diseases are in the family line.
Ask about the breeder’s policy in cases of serious genetic diseases occurring to your puppy in later life. Good breeders will request to be informed of such events in order to improve future breeding decisions.
You are strongly advised to buy from a breeder who uses (or is prepared to use) the AWF Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack (PIP): www.puppycontract.org.uk
The breeder should also be familiar with the CFSG/DBRG Code of Practice for Dog Breeding
Or the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeders Scheme Standard and Guidance:
Standard PDF | Guidance PDF