The Italian Greyhuahua is a very small breed of dogs crossed between the Italian Greyhound and the Chihuahua. Like its funny name, this adorable dog has an apple-shaped head studded with dark almond-shaped eyes and ends in a small, black nose. They have two large bat-like ears protruding out of the head, standing erect like the chihuahua’s, though some might inherit the floppy ears of the Greyhound as well. The body is slender with four sleek legs and a long, dangling tail gradually narrowing at the tip. These dogs are suitable for all families, as well as for single persons looking for companionship. They make an ideal apartment dog, or for anyone with limited space. As pets, they are quite common among dog lovers, and are also easily available from the breeders or for adoption from rescues.
|Also known as||Italian Greyhound Chihuahua Mix|
|Coat||Straight, medium, silky, short, soft|
|Colors||Black, Blue, Brown, Gray, Red, Silver, White, Salt & Pepper|
|Type||Toy Dog, Designer Dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Lifespan/expectancy||13 to 16 years|
|Height (size)||Small; 8-15 inches (maximum height for full grown male and female)|
|Personality/Characteristics||Affectionate, loyal, intelligent, interactive|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||No|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DRA|
Italian greyhuahuas are dependent and peaceful. They are apt for serene environments and quiet households. Both the parent breeds of the dog are known to be fun-loving, friendly and playful; hence the greyhuahua has inherited the mirthful and amusing nature. These dogs are completely devoted to their masters, like they are loyal and sweet to the owner’s family. When they are happy or impressed and want to show their gratitude, the expression of their face can change so dramatically that it would often seem like it is smiling at you.
Very much like its Chihuahua parent they would see everything around with their big eyes while pulling things off the shelf, pull the stuffing out of teddy bears, or even chew on wood if you would not supply them with chewables. They are responsive and are good with children and would often been seen playing with them. So are they with their fellow pets, including other dogs. Though, like its Italian Greyhound parent, they are wary of strangers, and would display a very gentle behavior and timidity when strangers are around.
They love people and spending time with them. Hence be sure you give enough time to your little one in order to keep it happy. They are obedient and would listen to you with all concentration when you ask them to do something. Though, they won’t take time to develop negative behavior or sensitive traits if they are treated harshly. They are also immensely curious. They will find a way to stumble upon anything.
The Italian greyhuahua is not at all difficult to train provided its handler is consistent with them. As mentioned, rude or harsh training procedures might not prove to be effective in the long run. Train them to mix well with other people and pets, and the ways to socialize. Since they are prone to mischiefs, make sure to impart thorough obedience training. They are also quick to house train especially if you train them when they are still puppies. Also, train them to understand that you are the real leader of its dog pack.
Diet plays a special role to dogs of high energy levels. Arrange for a proper, nutritious, good quality diet routine, rich in minerals and proteins, especially those that are meant for dogs of its size. The quantity is the same as other small dogs of its stature.
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