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The Italian Greagle is a small to medium cross or mixed dog and is the offspring of two purebreds, the Beagle and the Italian Greyhound. She is also called the Italian Greyhound/Beagle Mix. She has a life span of 12 to 15 years and has talents in scent detection, agility, hunting and tracking. She is a lively and energetic dog who is also very sensitive.
The Italian Greagle is a great dog for families with children and gets on well with other dogs. Make sure your apartment rules allow for dog barking or you could get in to trouble with her though. Also make sure she is trained even though it is harder and that she gets enough exercise.
|Here is the Italian Greagle at a Glance|
|Average height||13 to 15 inches|
|Average weight||12 to 30 pounds|
|Coat type||Short and silky or short and dense|
|Hypoallergenic?||Can be (Italian Greyhound is)|
|Grooming Needs||Low to moderate|
|Shedding||Low to moderate|
|Brushing||Two to three times a week|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low|
|Barking||Occasional to frequent|
|Tolerance to Heat||Good to very good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Low to moderate|
|Good Family Pet?||Excellent|
|Good with Children?||Excellent|
|Good with other Dogs?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with other Pets?||Good to very good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Average to high|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Very good to excellent due to size|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good – training may be more difficult for new owners|
|Exercise Needs||Quite active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Moderate to high|
|Major Health Concerns||Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, PSS, Patellar Luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes, Cryptorchidism,|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, ear infections, shivering,|
|Life Span||12 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||Unknown|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$435 to $535|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$300 to $400|
Where does the Italian Greagle come from?
The Italian Greagle is a designer dog, a deliberately bred mixed dog believed to have been first bred by the Easleys in Montana, USA, as requested by their daughter. The Easley’s used good lines for both purebreds for the breeding. Designer dogs have attracted a large amount of attention, some positive and some negative. While mixed breeds are not something new, this first generation breeding is, as most designer dogs are not being bred with the intention to go on to develop a new purebred. That first offspring is the result wanted. Some breeders are trustworthy but a lot are not and a lot of puppy mills are breeding designer dogs to profit from the trend. Be careful where you buy from, try to find a good breeder like the Easleys who knew the lines used. Here is a look at the parents to get a better feel for the Italian Greagle.
Beagle like dogs can be traced back to Roman times but the actual Beagle we know today cannot be traced back that far and actually his history is a little muddled. In the mid 1800s you can see the starting of the Beagle we know today when they were bred for their hunting skills.
Today the Beagle has a gentle nature and will often make you laugh with their antics, but will also make you cry from their mischief! They are tricky things that are good at not listening or obeying you. He loves to follow a scent and is great with children – they get up their mischief together!
The Italian Greyhound
The Italian Greyhound is an old dog having been around in one form or another for 2000 years. Why he was bred in the first place is not really known anymore it is assumed he was both a companion and a hunter of small animals. In the middle ages they had arrived in Europe and were very popular amongst the royal and the aristocracy, especially in Italy. He almost disappeared during the two world wars in Europe but thanks to the small population already in America they were saved.
Today he is affectionate towards his owners and loyal, can be sensitive and is reserved when it comes to strangers. He can be playful and he is intelligent and alert. He still has his hunting instinct and chases small animals, cars or really anything that moves! He has a short attention span though so training needs to stay short and fun. He needs a lot of attention and will act up if he does not get it.
The Italian Greagle is a very friendly and sociable dog. She loves to have people around and be where the action is going on. She has a lot of energy and is very playful and lively so will need a lot of play time and some outdoor time too. She is loyal and affectionate to her owners and can be a gentle dog though sometimes with an independent nature. She is intelligent and sweet and very sensitive so training must be kept positive and she will not respond well to scoldings. She is also not good at being left alone for long periods of time so needs an owner who can be around more, or ensure she has company when they are out.
What does the Italian Greagle look like
She is a small to medium dog weighing 12 to 30 pounds and measuring 13 to 15 inches tall. She has droopy ears and can have the slim and elegant look of the Italian Greyhound though often she is a slightly bigger build. Her coat can be like either parent, short, rough, dense or short to medium and silky. Common colors are tan, brown, white, tri-colored and black though other possible colors include red, gray, blue and yellow.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Italian Greagle need to be?
She is quite active and though she is fine living in an apartment thanks to her size she does still need regular outdoor physical activity. At least 30 minutes a day walking, running, jogging and so on. Time at a dog park to go off leash and play games and socialize with other dogs is a good idea too. If your Italian Greagle is restless, acting bored, being destructive and so on this may be a sign they are not getting enough exercise still. Some can have the Beagle’s nose so she may have a tendency to run after scents. Access to a yard is not needed but a great option if available. She loves to chase balls and play with her toys, make sure some are able to keep him mentally challenged.
Does she train quickly?
Training can be moderately difficult for this dog, she can be stubborn and you will need to establish yourself as dominant, be patient and firm but still use positive techniques. Offer rewards and treats, use praise and encourage her. Early training and socialization are key to guiding her to become the best dog she can be. Use professional schools and trainers if needed and prepare for it to be a gradual process.
Living with an Italian Greagle
How much grooming is needed?
She sheds a low to moderate amount and can be hypoallergenic if she takes more after the Italian Greyhound. She should be brushed two to three times a week and given a bath just when she needs it. Over bathing can dry out the skin and for that reason always use a dog shampoo too. Clip her nails when they get too long and wipe her ears clean once a week and check for infection. Her teeth should be brushed two to three times a week.
What is she like with children and other animals?
The Italian Greagle is great with children and other dogs, she is playful, lively and loving also. When it comes to other pets and smaller animals the socialization will really help as she can tend to chase them as prey to be hunted!
This dog is an occasional to frequent barker so not best suited in places with noise rules or easily annoyed neighbors. She will need to be fed around ¾ to 1 1/2 cups of good quality dry dog food each day split into two meals. She is good in warmer climates but not so much in colder ones.
There are health issues she can inherit from her parents such as Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, von Willebrand’s, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, PSS, Patellar Luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes, Cryptorchidism, Hip dysplasia, ear infections and allergies. Ask the breeder to show you health clearances for each parent and visit the puppy before you buy.
Costs involved in owning an Italian Greagle
There are not prices you can gather on this dog as not many are around to buy at the moment. Other costs cover deworming, shots, blood tests, chipping and spaying, as well as a collar and leash, crate and carrier and come to between $385 to $435. Yearly medical needs for check ups, shots, flea prevention and pet insurance come to between $435 to $535. Yearly non medical needs like treats, toys, food, license and training come to between $300 to $400.
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- Where does the Italian Greagle come from?
- What does the Italian Greagle look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with an Italian Greagle
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning an Italian Greagle
- Popular Beagle Mixes