Italian Greyhound Rescue and Adoption

Before contacting an Italian Greyhound rescue and adoption center, find out with this quick dog breed test if the Italian Greyhound dog is your right match.





Are Italian Greyhound Dogs for you?

As you can see in these iggy pictures, the Italian greyhound looks like the cutest miniature greyhound you can think about but these petite sighthounds are not for everyone.

Before you rush to a breeder or Italian greyhound rescue organization, find out if this lovely breed is your right match.

The Italian greyhound is NOT the dog for you if:


-You have little time to dedicate to your dog.

The grooming is minimal, IG have hardly any odor and very little shedding but they require daily teeth brushing, frequent nail trimming and need attention and physical contact from their people.

-You want an outdoor dog that can live in the yard.

Italian greyhounds are well known for being indoor dogs, they positively hate bad, cold weather and would happily avoid wetting their feet in the rain or wet grass.

Many iggy owners give their dogs sheltered outside spaces as toilets or litter box/paper train their iggies.

-You hate dog coats.

A winter dog coat for your iggy is a necessity in cold weather.

-You expect instant and unerring obedience from your pet.

Italian greyhounds are real sighthounds, they can be independent thinkers and although some excel in obedience and dog agility, their compliance is not a given.

-You have unruly children and/or large and active dogs.

Iggies are stronger then what they look but still are prone to leg bone fractures and definitely do not appreciate rough handling and play from children or large dogs.


Italian greyhound
Italian greyhound

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The Italian Greyhound is the breed for you if:

-You have a quiet household and time to spend with your dog for nail grinding, teeth cleaning, toilet training, walking on leash, playing and interacting with your pet.

-You don’t believe in harsh punishment

Often a verbal reprimand will be enough. Any physical punishment can be too intimidating for these sensitive dogs.

-You believe in crate training to avoid accidents and toilet train effectively your IG.

-You don’t mind your dog on furniture

It is almost impossible to keep such a keen comfort seeker off the couch.

-You believe in leashes and fences

IG are fast and have the typical prey drive of a larger sighthound. For their safety they must be kept on leash.

-You would like your dog to compete in coursing or agility.

Italian greyhounds are build for speed and coursing is their favorite game. Some IGs also excel in dog agility.

-You like people oriented dogs that crave attention and physical contact.

-You like a small alarm dog

that can bark but is not yappy.


Why are Italian Greyhounds Given for Adoption?

Iggies might be given to dog adoption centers because their owners are no longer able to care for their dogs for health problems, for a divorce, a moving or for unsuccessful toilet training.


Italian Greyhound
Italian Greyhound
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Advantages of Adopting an IG

Italian greyhounds that comes from dog rescue organizations are up to date with their vaccinations, are spayed or neutered, often have received a basic training in their foster home and have been assessed for temperament so they can be successfully matched to their future owners.


What to Expect from Dog Adoption Centers

Serious dog rescue organizations will arrange a home visit to interview you and make sure that your house can be a forever home for your new pet.

Better contact a local dog rescue organization to make visiting and follow up support easy. Generally pets are not shipped but must be collected personally.

You’ll be asked to pay an adoption fee to cover the expenses.


Italian Greyhound Rescue Organizations

If you think an Italian Greyhound can fit with your life style, here are some specialized dog adoption centers you may contact to find your dream pet.


Italian Greyhound Club of America

Italian greyhound adoption and rehoming service in the USA for IG taken from dog shelters, abusive homes or surrendered by the former owner.

Midwest Italian Greyhound Rescue

Click on the link to see the Italian greyhounds for adoption in the Midwest.

California Italian Greyhound Rescue

Looking for an IG in California? Click on the title to find out about these dog rescue centers

Wiseguys Italian Greyhound Rescue

Italian greyhounds and small dogs available for adoption in the USA, listed by state.

Italian Greyhound Club UK

Contacts for Italian greyhound adoptions in UK. Click on the link for e-mail addresses.

Italian Greyhound Club of Canada

If you live in Canada, check out this page for IG adoption.

I.G. Rescue Australia

Dog adoption center dedicated to rehoming and rescuing Italian Greyhounds and crosses in need.


Italian greyhound resting on pink pet bed
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More about Italian Greyhounds

What does an Italian greyhound puppy look like? Click here to find out.

Looking for Italian greyhound puppies for sale? Find out here what to look for and to avoid when searching for Italian greyhounds for sale.

Looking for an Italian name or for your Iggy? Click here for italian names

Interested in Italian dog breeds? Click on the link to find out more about the fourteen recognized Italian dog breeds.

Italian Greyhound Breeders: click here if you are looking for an Italian greyhound breeder near you.

What is the difference between an Italian greyhound, a whippet and a greyhound?

Find out about the iggies dog breed characteristics and needs.

Enjoy here some lovely Italian greyhound pictures.



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