The Italian Greyhound, often called the ‘Iggy,’ is a small, dainty and affectionate little dog that was first recorded in Egypt in ancient times. Mummified remains of the dog have been found in Egyptian tombs of the Pharaohs, so they are an ancient breed of companion dog. Sometime in the 6th Century, it was taken to the Mediterranean area, which is why it is now known as the Italian Greyhound. It looks very similar to its full-size cousin, the racing greyhound, except in miniature.
Italian Greyhounds are known for their elegant and gentle nature. They are snuggling dogs that are affectionate and love human company. They are highly adaptable and make excellent companions for individuals or families in smaller living spaces like apartments. Unusually for a dog, they enjoy perching on high places similar to a cat, so you may find them on top of your bookcase or resting on a high ledge.
Italian Greyhounds are sensitive and delicate and thrive on close bonds with their owners. They will follow you everywhere, and want to be with you 100% of the time, so they make good lap dogs for elderly people. They have a short, sleek hypoallergenic coat that requires minimal grooming, so they are low-maintenance dogs. However, they will only want to go outside when it is warm and sunny, as they dislike being cold or getting their feet wet.
Their small size and delicate build make them prone to breaking their legs when adolescents, so they should be handled with care and not treated too roughly by children. They dislike getting cold or wet, so may be reluctant to go outside to potty if it is raining. They need to be protected from cold weather, and have their teeth cleaned regularly.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your dog, which is why it's important to compare pet insurance policies. Factors affecting the cost of your insurance include:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.