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Dog Breed: Italian Greyhound

Martha Stewart Living Television

Marc and breeder Cheryl Showah talk about the dainty Italian greyhound. This dog is a wonderful candidate for anyone interested in sharing their home, and maybe their favorite chair, with a toy-sized breed.

It is definitely an indoor dog that thrives on companionship and affection. Although Italian greyhounds need exercise and mental stimulation, care must be given to training, as they are fast movers and can be quite sneaky.

Cheryl explains the breed's fragile makeup and cautions guardians to monitor its joint health carefully. It is a breed that loves to run, like any sight hound, but because of its small frame, it's also prone to limb injuries. There are many colors and marking patterns of the Italian greyhound and the breed generally has a happy, social temperament.

Resources
Learn more about Italian greyhounds, the American Kennel Club, the Westminster Kennel Club, and Otis and Claude toys.