Test your Knowledge of Italian Greyhounds!

1. Italian Greyhound's are generally not very intelligent. True or False?      answer

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2. Italian Greyhounds can come in Brindle. True or False   

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3. Which of the following statements is True?
       a. Show Italian Greyhounds are hyperactive and difficult to live with.
        b. Reputable breeders that show their dogs only sell show puppies.
        c. Puppies from reputable breeders are more expensive.
        d. Italian Greyhounds are a good choice for children
        e. All of the above
        f. None of the above.

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4. Italian Greyhound reputable breeders are hard to find.  
True or False

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5. Italian Greyhounds were recognized by the AKC in:

a. 1940
b. 1900
c. 1886

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6. What at one time was the most prized color in Italian Greyhounds?

a. Dark Blue
b. White
c. Golden Fawn

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7. Most Italian Greyhounds are easy to housetrain. True or False

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8.   Who what the first IG to obtain an AKC Best in Show?

       a.    Ch. Donmar's Scarlet Ribbons
       b.    Ch. Flaminia of Alpine
       c.    Ch. Alfaros of Kashan
       d.    None of the above

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Answer One:

False! This breed is highly intelligent, just not easily trained. Always remember that an Italian Greyhound will do things with you, not for you.

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Answer Two:

False. The two colors that Italian Greyhounds do not come in are any tan markings like those found on the Doberman nor the "tiger striping" (brindle) seen in some breeds like the Greyhound.

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Answer Three

None of the above. Show Italian Greyhounds are calm, well adjusted individuals. Reputable breeders do not have whole litters of "show quality". In every litter there are pet quality pets available. The best individuals to obtain a puppy from is a reputable breeder as they generally cost less and are healthier. Despite websites, and "breed tests", this breed is not a "kid breed". They do well with children, but are NOT a good choice as a child's pet. If you have children and want to obtain an Italian Greyhound please remember this breed is not a rough and tumble breed.

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Answer Four

False! You will not find reputable breeders normally through newspapers and advertisements. Contact the IGCA for a listing of breeders and look for word of mouth. More and more puppy mills are springing up on the internet. Please be careful of these places. Ask for health tests! If they offer Visa/MC payment plans, run away!

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Answer 5

Italian Greyhounds were first registered by the AKC in 1886. The first registered was
named "Lillie". The first show they appearred in was in 1887 at the first annual New
York Benched Show of Dogs. "Nannie" won first prize.

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Answer Six

The most prized colors at one time were as followed (in order): Golden Fawn, then cream, blue fawn and then followed by reds and whites. Nowadays other than disqualifying colors, and in America, all colors and markings are acceptable and shown. In countries where the registery is FCI, only solid markings (no white) is allowed.

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Answer Seven:

TRUE! Surprise! If owners are willing to follow through and stick with training methods, the Italian Greyhound can be housetrained with relative ease. No, they are not going to learn housemanners in two or three days, but do require owners who know that consistency, and patience will reward them. Please note that buying Italian Greyhound's from bad sources like puppymills will result in animals who have not learned good potty habits from birth.

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Answer 8.

The first IG ever to attain the honor of being Best in Show at an all-breed show was Ch. Flaminia of Alpine in 1963.

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