Introduction to the Italian Greyhound (IGCA breed brochure)
Official AKC Standard
Illustrated Standard
Is an IG the Right Breed for You?
     
IGs: The Good, The Bad and the Downright Ugly
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     Breeding your IG 
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An Introduction to the Italian Greyhound
(From the official IGCA breed brochure)

Welcome to the wonderful world of Italian Greyhounds.  This material was prepared by the Italian Greyhound Club of America (founded in 1954) to give you sources of information about the newest member of your family, to help you take proper care of your Italian Greyhound, and to assist you to become a responsible dog owner.

Characteristics of the Breed

The Italian Greyhound (or I.G.) is a true greyhound, his small size the result of selective breeding.  There is some difference of opinion as to whether he was originally bred for hunting small game or was meant to be simply a pet and companion.  It seems most likely that he filled both roles.  For this reason he is very adaptable to both city and country living.  He is rather luxury loving and enjoys the comfort of an apartment; at the same time being a true hound, he likes exercise and outdoor activities.

Perhaps the most outstanding characteristic of the Italian Greyhound is his affectionate disposition.  He thrives best when this affection is returned and is happiest with his owner and immediate family.  For this reason, he may sometimes seem a trifle aloof with strangers.  He is sensitive, alert, and intelligent and remains playful until long past puppyhood. Due to fine bone structure and sometimes timid or sensitive personality, Italian Greyhounds in general do not make good pets for households with very young or rambunctious children or large, active dogs. IGs are brilliant at problem solving and are quick learners who don’t necessarily equate obedience with love, to the chagrin of many a newcomer to the breed! Some have done well in obedience trials and many excel in the new sport of Agility.

Care of Your New Italian Greyhound

Your puppy needs exercise and attention.  Sufficient exercise helps to prevent destructive behavior as well as builds physical strength and dexterity. Teach your puppy how to jump.  At first concentrate on helping the puppy jump off low objects until he can safely negotiate household furniture.  Italian Greyhound puppies think they can fly and will blithely leap out into space.  The highest bed or table holds no terrors for the unknowing puppy.  Frequent bursts of energy will be followed by periods of rest.  Until your I.G. develops common sense you will want to be alert to situations that could lead to a leg break.

Although Italian Greyhounds need little in the way of coat grooming, nails must be done on a regular basis: 1-3 times weekly with an electric grinder or file for conformational  health and to help prevent leg breaks. Greyhounds’ nails grow longer and faster than other breeds. This robust growth often includes the quick (soft interior of the nail) so you should grind nails as often as necessary to maintain nails that clear the floor on the free standing dog.

As soon as the adult teeth have come in, you can begin brushing them using an unflavored toothpaste and brush designed for canines. Brush daily for optimum oral hygiene and to prevent gum disease, which is a common problem for Italian Greyhounds that do not receive this level of care.  A yearly professional dental examination is highly recommended.

While Italian Greyhounds bond strongly to their owners, they are less interested in strangers or children unless they are socialized to children, many people, and new situations early and constantly.  Take your puppy with you as often as you can and for walks around the neighborhood.  Teach your dog where he lives.

Puppies need to be fed three times a day, usually until the age of at least 6 months.  An Italian Greyhound’s stomach capacity is too small to obtain the necessary nutrition it needs from a low quality dog food.  He just cannot eat enough to meet his own high energy requirements.  Feed a premium puppy food.  After the age of 6 months, some puppies will let you know they can do without the noon time meal.  Others will need three meals a day for months longer.  An adult should be fed twice a day with fresh water always available.  Italian Greyhounds should be fed a quality, premium food. 

Destructive behavior is sure to occur if your puppy is left unattended and unrestricted in the house for long periods of time.  The puppy will find something to occupy his time and most certainly it will not be what you would suggest.  If you must leave the puppy alone, it should be crated (for not more than 2-3 hours) or safe in an exercise pen with lid with papers on the floor and toys and chew bones to help pass the time.  Crating puppies for extended periods of time will lead to elimination in the crate - a very difficult habit to break and no help in house-training.

Italian Greyhound puppies do not have the ability to go without eliminating for long periods of time.  They must be taken outside for housetraining very often or reminded to go on their papers for paper training.  As a consequence, housetraining can be very difficult if there is no one home during the day.  For the first couple of years it will be your task to make sure the puppy does not eliminate in the wrong place and gets praise for going where you choose.  Do not expect a very young pup to be reliable about holding “it” or getting to the papers in time.  Between 14-16 weeks, the Italian Greyhound puppy begins to develop true bladder control but mental maturity factors can undermine your house- training program.  Diligent attention to housetraining for the first couple of years of your pet’s life will result in a clean companion that you will enjoy for many, many years.

A puppy that is not a show and breeding prospect should be spay/neutered to prevent accidental breeding. Italian Greyhounds are, as a rule, quite healthy but do maintain a good relationship with your vet and schedule yearly wellness visits for your dog. Vaccinate and use other preventative treatments as advised by your veterinarian for your locale.

The adolescent Italian Greyhound is active and energetic and needs continuing attention and exercise.  Long walks on a martingale collar and lead and free play in a safely fenced area will be greatly enjoyed by both owner and puppy.  Italian Greyhounds have not lost their hunting instinct.  They will chase anything that moves, and that includes cars.  Be very careful with your puppy and even grown dog anywhere there is traffic.  An Italian Greyhound can dart out into the road, even pulling the leash out of your hand, to chase the cat or squirrel it has seen on the other side of the street.

Since the Italian Greyhound is a very short-coated canine, it does react negatively to extremely cold temperatures and rain.  IGs do not seem to mind cavorting in the snow but they dislike rain in their faces.  However, brief periods of exercise are enjoyed even in bad weather.  They are not kennel, backyard or basement dogs.  While in the house, on cool, nasty days, your Italian Greyhound will want to snuggle under the covers on the bed or the family room sofa.  On the whole, the breed would much rather be in your lap or bed than on the floor.

It is not unusual for an Italian Greyhound to live until 14 or 15 years and many times a longer life can be expected.  The time and attention you lavish on your puppy will be rewarded by many years of cherished companionship from your devoted Italian Greyhound.

Click here for full IGCA Breed Brochure pdf

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Official AKC Standard

Purebred dogs
are judged against individual breed standards, which have been established for the AKC-recognized breeds by their national breed clubs. These written standards describe the ideal size, color, and temperament of each breed, as well as correct proportion, structure, and movement.

Conformation dog shows help to preserve these characteristics by providing a forum for evaluating breeding stock.

Click here to read the Italian Greyhound breed standard


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Illustrated Standard
The IGCA's visual guide to understanding our breed standard
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Is an IG the Right Breed for You?

Before acquiring a new dog, stop and consider your lifestyle. Are you aware of the specific health needs of Italian greyhounds?  Are you aware that optimum oral heath for Italian greyhounds requires daily teeth brushing?  Are you aware that their nails are best maintained by grinding with an electric nail grinder 2--3 times a week?  Are you aware that most IGs will not potty train themselves and need consistent scheduling of exercise, food, water, confinement and free periods?  The majority of IGs in Rescue are there because the owners didn't understand or didn't have the time and patience necessary to house train a dog. Are you willing to learn? Do you have the even greater time needed to raise a puppy or would an adult be more suitable?

Due to their fine bone structure and sometimes timid or sensitive personality, they do not make good pets for households with very young or rambunctious children or large, active dogs.

The Italian Greyhound coat is short, sleek and carries no odor. Because of their short hair, they do like to stay warm by lying in the sun, sleeping in your bed – under the covers! – and wearing coats or sweaters when temperatures dip. Italian Greyhounds are not outdoor dogs. They cannot tolerate cold weather and would prefer to be close to their owner even on the warmest of days. They also do not like getting wet, and many owners have built shelter areas to protect their dog from the elements when going outside for potty on cold or wet days, or instead use indoor potty pads on bad-weather days. As creatures of comfort, IGs do not like to put their feet on wet grass and will often utilize the sidewalk instead.

Their greatest joy is to be with you. Once you aquire an Italian Greyhound you will never be alone again. If you like your privacy, the Italian Greyhound may not be the breed for you. This breed is not content to lie at your feet – they demand your attention!

To be a responsible IG owner we advise reading everything in this section thoroughly before you start your inquires with responsible breeders and/or rescue.

    
 IGs: The Good, The Bad and the Downright Ugly
    
 © copyright Debbie Wolfenbarger

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Care & Training

     
Basic Supplies
     Crate & House Training
     Teeth
     Familial Enamel Hypoplasia test for Italian Greyhounds
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Health Concerns
by Teri Dickinson, DVM
Chair, Health and Welfare Committee, Italian Greyhound Club of America


Despite their fragile appearance, Italian greyhounds (IG's) are both sturdier and healthier than they appear to the casual observer. Obviously, due to short hair and little body fat, they are not suited to prolonged exposure to extremely cold temperatures, but many do live happily in northern climates. Fortunately for their owners, IG's, on the whole, are not often plagued by some of the more common canine diseases. Allergies, digestive problems, heart problems, arthritis and back injuries can be found in IG's, but certainly not to the extent that they are represented in some breeds.

Despite their overall good health, there are a few problems that are very common in IG's and there are some inherited problems that all IG owners should be aware of, and for which the dogs should be monitored.

Without question, the biggest health problems involving Italian greyhounds involve the teeth and gums. Most IG's will develop severe periodontal (gum) disease at a relatively early age, if their teeth do not receive proper care. Theories abound about why this occurs and the answer probably lies in a combination of factors. Like most toy dogs, IG's have relatively large teeth for the size of their heads, and this can result in crowding of the teeth in the mouth. IG's have tight lips which can trap food against the gums, and a relatively dry mouth which causes a reduction of the cleansing effects of saliva washing food from the gums.

Regardless of the cause, the fact remains that it is not uncommon for IG's to begin losing incisor (front) teeth to periodontal disease at 1-3 years of age. All IG's owners should begin a preventive dentistry program as soon as the permanent teeth erupt, and should plan on brushing the teeth as often as possible, preferably daily. Brushes and canine tooth paste are available from the veterinarian. In addition, the veterinarian should be recruited to help monitor the condition of the gums, and the dog should have professional cleanings as often as is necessary to keep the gums in good condition. This may require annual dentals, or in come cases, semiannual visits, just like your dentist insists on for your teeth. Teeth cleanings should include polishing the teeth as the final step, as smooth teeth will trap less calculus on the enamel.

Selecting dogs as breeding stock that have healthy teeth and gums seems to lessen the incidence of gum disease in the puppies. In addition, teeth should be strong, smooth and shiny white, indicating healthy enamel. There is a condition in IG's where the teeth are small and pointy, and the enamel is rough and yellow. These rough teeth trap a lot of calculus, and special attention must be paid to brushing these teeth if one is to keep them healthy. In addition, these teeth are very soft compared to normal teeth, and will wear down much faster, just in the normal chewing activities of the dog. It appears that the presence of the rough, yellow teeth is hereditary in nature, and most breeders recommend against using an affected animal in a breeding program.

Retained deciduous (baby) teeth are also fairly common. The IG should be monitored as the adult teeth erupt (4-7 months), and if a permanent tooth erupts and the corresponding deciduous tooth remains, the deciduous tooth should be extracted by a veterinarian. The upper canine teeth (fangs) are most commonly affected.

Drug sensitivities are a known issue in IG's. Anesthetics of the barbiturate class, and organophosphate insecticides should be avoided, just as they are in the larger sighthounds. IG's can be successfully and safely anesthetized with gas anesthetics, particularly isoflurane. It is recommended that the veterinarian administer the gas through a special set of hoses known as a "non-rebreathing" apparatus to insure that the IG gets adequate amounts of oxygen through its relatively small airways.

IG owners should find a veterinarian who is interested in dentistry, and who uses the described anesthetic techniques, and should not let fear of anesthesia prevent them from getting proper dental care for the dog.

Fractures of the radius and ulna (forearm) are a common problem in IG's, particularly between the ages of four and 12 months. New IG owners should be aware that IG puppies are fearless, and believe they can fly. The puppy should be safely confined when unsupervised, and the house should be puppy-proofed as much as possible by removing potential "launching pads." The puppy should be closely supervised when loose in the house, and where possible, kept off of hard, slippery floors.

Some broken legs are inevitable in a breed with the long, slender legs of an IG. However, dogs that have a lot of relatives with broken legs seem to be at increased risk, and again, many breeders recommend against breeding dogs from families with a high percentage of leg breaks.

Idiopathic epilepsy is another condition which affects IG's. Otherwise healthy dogs begin having seizures at 2-5 years, and no cause for the seizures can be identified. In many cases, the seizures are mild and infrequent, and no treatment is necessary. If the seizures become violent, more frequent, or occur in "clusters" the veterinarian will recommend the dog be placed on anticonvulsants. Phenobarbital is currently considered the drug of choice, and is widely used in IG's. Phenobarb (as it is known) is a member of the barbiturate class of drugs, but given orally is as safe in IG's as in any other breed.

In every breed in which research has been undertaken, idiopathic epilepsy has been determined to be an inherited disease. It is not recommended to breed an animal that has seizures.

Hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) is diagnosed regularly in the breed. Symptoms can be variable, ranging from weight loss to weight gain to hair loss. The veterinarian now has a wide range of blood tests available to help ascertain the level of thyroid function, and if necessary, supplemental thyroid hormone can be given in tablet form. Once again, breeding of affected dogs is not recommended.

Color dilute alopecia (CDA) is also known as color mutant alopecia, blue Doberman syndrome or blue balding. Alopecia (hair loss) affects the colored areas of hair on dogs that have dilute coats. Dilute colors can include blue, blue-fawn, fawn, etc. The hair loss usually starts in the dorsal stripe (middle of the back) and spreads to include most of the body. White-haired areas are not affected. There is no pruritus (itching) associated with this disease, and there is no treatment for the hair loss. In some breeds (Dobermans) the majority of dilute (blue and fawn) dogs are affected, but in IG's, only a small percentage of dilute dogs seem to be affected. Many dilute IG's retain a full hair coat all their lives. CDA affected dogs should not be bred.

Retained testicles (cryptorchidism or sometimes called monorchidism) are frequent findings in male IG's. Dogs with undescended testicles are at greater risk of developing testicular cancer, and should be neutered at an early age.

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is an eye disease wherein the cells in the retina (back of the eye) which register the visual image, begin to die. Dogs are born with normal vision but at three to four years of age develop lack of night vision (night blindness). Vision loss is normally progressive, and eventually results in total blindness. A veterinary ophthalmologist who examines the eye may be able to detect changes in an affected IG at two to three years of age. There is no treatment for PRA.

PRA is known to be hereditary nature in nature. It is inherited as a simple recessive which means that two normal dogs may be carriers of the gene, and when bred together can produce an affected dog. Any dog which produces an affected dog is a carrier and should no longer be bred. In addition, affected dogs and their littermates should not be used as breeding stock. IG's used for breeding should have annual eye exams performed by a veterinary ophthalmologist.

Juvenile cataracts (which are also heritable) are occasionally diagnosed in IG's as well.

Luxating patellas (slipped stifles) are a common problem in toy breeds and the IG is no exception. The patella (knee cap) does not remain in the groove on the femur (thigh bone) and thus becomes luxated (dislocated). The affected dog will often hold up the affected hind leg, and may exhibit a hopping gate in the rear, as the patella moves in and out of the groove. Once again, affected animals should not be bred, but surgery can be used to stabilize the patella and make the dog more comfortable.

Legg-Perthe's disease (LPD) is another orthopedic problem found in IG's. LPD affects the hip joint, and the primary sign is lameness in one or both hind legs at 5-12 months of age. In LPD, part of the hip joint loses its blood supply, and the surrounding bone dies and collapses. There is a surgical treatment for this disease. LPD is known to be hereditary.

IG's can be affected by a number of autoimmune or immune mediated diseases. In these conditions, the dog's immune system becomes confused, and fails to differentiate the cells that belong to the dog from those of invading bacteria, viruses, etc. As a result, the immune system begins attacking the dog's own cells. A wide variety of diseases can occur including pemphigus (all forms) and lupus (local or systemic). The symptoms can usually be controlled by treating the dog with a variety of drugs to suppress the immune system (immunosuppresants), and these dogs too should be removed from the breeding pool.

Portal systemic shunts (liver shunts) may occur in IG's. An abnormal pattern of blood vessels allows blood to be routed around the dog's liver, instead of through the liver. As a result, the toxins in the blood cannot be removed by the liver, and affected dogs may suffer seizures (hepatic encephalopathy). In some cases, it is possible to surgically repair the blood vessels, and allow the dog to live a more normal life, but affected dogs should not be bred.

Inherited deafness has been reported in IG's particularly in individuals which are solid white or have only small patches of color on their heads or ears. Von Willebrand's disease (VWD), an inherited blood clotting disease, has also been detected in IG's.

Considering buying an IG? Ask the breeder if their breeding stock is free of the above conditions, and has had appropriate health screening tests performed. Already have an IG? Be on the lookout for the symptoms described above, and share the information in this article with your veterinarian. Have an IG affected with one of these problems? Please contact the breeder and give them as much information as possible. Conscientious breeders need and want to know about any health problems which crop up in their lines. Above all, remember to brush those IG teeth!

© copyright Teri Dickinson, DVM, 1997
Reprinted with permission from Top Notch Toys


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Where to Get an IG (and where not to get an IG) and why.

The best places to get IGs are from responsible breeders or rescue service.

A responsible breeder's primary concern is the health and well-being of dogs they produce.  They will be doing careful genetic research and heath testing before breeding a litter. IGs have a very limited gene pool so this is very important.  Many genetic issues won't show up for 2-6 years so heath testing and knowledge are required to minimize the chances of your dog developing PRA, idiopathic epilepsy, slipped patellas, etc. Responsible breeders care about dogs of their breeding and want buyers to keep in touch with them, especially if a health issue arises.

Responsible breeders will be actively showing their dogs to be certain of breeding to the breed standard.  

A responsible breeder would never advertise: WILL SHIP ANYWHERE.  They know that a good measure of the success of a dog's placement depends on hands-on follow-up counseling. Responsible breeders are loathe to send a dog out of their area unless they have someone they personally know and trust in the buyer's area to provide hands-on counseling. References only from a vet or friends and bank statements would NOT be enough.

You should meet the breeder in person to verify that their dogs are properly cared for.  Check with heath testing registries (CERF, OFA) to see if their dogs really are health tested.  They should be able to show you how to brush teeth and groom nails with a grinder and to help you teach your dog to accept this type handling.

Responsible rescue reps are also primarily concerned with the dogs well-being and will not be sending dogs out of their immediate areas for the same reasons stated above.  They will do follow-up visits to be sure that you are comfortable with doing teeth and nails and to help you with any training issues that might arise.  The original source of rescue dogs is usually commercial breeders who sell direct via the internet or through pet stores and inexperienced backyard breeders.  By purchasing dogs directly from pet shops, commercial breeders or backyard breeders you are contributing to the problem of dogs being bred without heath testing or concern for their well-being. 

Rescue reps take on the responsibility of re-homing dogs bred by irresponsible breeders.

The internet has been a boon to irresponsible breeders as a profitable outlet for puppy sales. They can be very deceptive in their advertising, presenting themselves as caring breeders, lying about heath testing, saying they take dogs back or will help you re-home them. Offers of a year long health guarantee are meaningless when it comes to genetic issues that don't show up for 2-6 years. Even when they know their dogs produce genetic problems, they can get away with continuing to breed because the puppies won't show the problem until the guarantee is expired. Many now are active in showing their dogs to give the inexperienced buyer the impression of responsibility.  You must do your research! 

Buying or Selling an IG (Buyer Beware, Seller Beware)

For breed information in your area, please contact:


While all IGCA members are required to sign the Code of Ethics, it serves primarily as a guideline for breeders, with No Warranty Expressed or Implied by IGCA. When researching breeders it is the consumer’s responsibility to personally verify information received on health testing, condition dogs are maintained in, references, etc.

Please note that this list consists of those members who have chosen to have their information on the web and is not a complete listing. Please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope for a list of members in your geographic area and a copy of the IGCA breed brochure, which should answer many of your questions about the breed.

IGCA - Referrals
c/o Lilian Barber
35648 Menifee Rd
Murrieta, CA 92563

IGCA MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE: To have your information updated on this referral list you MUST contact Darlene Wallace. Any enquires about updates should go directly her.

Thanks! Linda Kennedy


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Alabama

Izat - Karen Thayne
Birmingham, AL (205) 306-0230
IzatKaren@gmail.com
www.italian-greyhound.net/izatkennels.htm 

Arizona

Fede - Michele Reeves
AZ (Northern) (928) 587-7843
fedeigs@yahoo.com
www.fedeighounds.com

Pikop - Judy Pikop
6725 W. Oregon Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85303 (623) 846-3956
raffp@aol.com
http://www.Italian-greyhounds.com

Sapphire - Deb Schuerman
Phoenix, AZ
debdsds@msn.com

California 

Amore - Jeannie Love
amoreIG@yahoo.com
www.AmoreandChaulaitItalianGreyhounds.com

Chaulait - Lorraine Ebdon
chaulait@charter.net
www.AmoreandChaulaitItalianGreyhounds.com

Imaje - Debora Wolfenbarger
Rialto, CA (909) 879-0475
imajeig@earthlink.net
www.home.earthlink.net/~imajeig

D'Folly - Vikki Landes
Oakland, CA (510) 506-4337
dfollyigs@aol.com
www.dfollyigs.com

KC - Camille Bakker
Orangevale, CA 95662 916-208-0393
BobbiBakker@aol.com

La Scala - Lilian Barber
35648 Menifee Rd.
Murrieta, CA 92563
iggylil@earthlink.net
http://www.lascalaigs.com/

Littleluv - Kathryn & Norm Holmes
11301 W. Olympic BL #584
West Los Angeles, CA 90064 (310) 479-7605
LittleluvIGs@aol.com
www.LittleluvIGs.com

Peachwood - Virginia Gould
Fresno, CA (559) 291-8802 (fax & phone)
igpchwood@juno.com

Sierravue - Kim Brinker
Fresno, CA 93727 (559) 294-1530
sierravue@aol.com

Snogold - Pat Daniels
Auburn, CA hm: 530-637-4084 wk: (530) 885-0349

Colorado

Charis - Lynette Coyner
PO Box 129
Larkspur, CO 80118 (303) 697-7528
CharisIGs@aol.com
www.charisigs.com

Rabbitchasers - Orval Frady
747 W. Hall Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81505-1503
(970) 245-7791
OFrady@aol.com
www.rabbitchasers.com

Paloma - Donna Segura
2185 S County Rd 193
Byers. CO 80103
seguradonna@msn.com

Connecticut

Equus - Laura Thompson
Milford, CT (203) 882-8548
EquusIGs@optonline.net

Nova - Lorrie Fedorich
36 Hollister Dr.
East Hartford,CT 06110 (860) 568-2287
lorrieigs@comcast.net

Regalé - Karen Muller
West Haven, CT (203) 721-6644
RegaleIGs@live.com

Florida

Bo-Kay - Bobbie Kravetz
13291 SW 102nd Lane Road
Dunnellon, FL 34432 (352) 522-0088 cell: (352) 207-4813 fax: (352) 522-0088
BobbieK277@aol.com

Grazia - Grace Z. Thebaut
16931 88th Road North
Loxahatahee, FL  33470 (561) 204-4414

Mikella - Michele Meisner
St. Petersburg, FL 33714
mmeisner@peoplepc.com

Mystik - Kathy Engman
Loxahatchee, FL (561) 784-2966
Kathy@mystik-igs.com
www.mystik-igs.com

Stonessa - Robin Stone
FL (772) 344-5870 (Before 8 PM EST)
IGluvR@aol.com 

Vicary - Rosemary Letonoff
New Port Richey FL 34654-3507 (727) 868-3107
rletonoff@verizon.net

Georgia

Cana Hora - Carole A. Wilson
Douglasville, GA (770) 577-0150
canahora@aol.com

Phoenix - Kristi Rector
Gainesville, GA (706) 892-6662
phoenixigs@hotmail.com

Infiniti - Kimberly (Bott) Frennier
127 Colwell Rd
Blue Ridge, GA 30513 (770) 608-0666
InfinitiIG@aol.com
www.infinitiIG.com

Rhamah - Mary Marlowe
Dacula, GA 30019 (770) 962-9618
Marlowe@onlynatural.info
www.rhamah.com

Illinois

Como - Pamela V. Conick
3010  13th Street
Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096-1415 (847) 872-0210
comoigs@gmail.com
www.comoig.com

Iris - Corinne Cariello
Waukegan, IL 60085 (847) 360-8060
rcinc007@aol.com
www.comoig.com

Prima - Judith & Clyde Haudrich
4644 KK Rd
Waterloo, IL 62298 (618) 458-7388
primaigz.213@htc.net

Indiana


Donato - Linda Smoot
Indianapolis, IN 46231 (317) 243-3072
donatoig@yahoo.com
http://donatoig.tripod.com

Louisiana

Grisgris - Terry F. Mayers
New Orleans, LA (504) 522-0453 6 pm - 9 pm M-F weekends aft. 11 am
grisgrisIGs@yahoo.com

Maine

ME-Chelle's - Michelle R. Verrier-Davis, D.M.D.
22 Stapleford Drive
Falmouth, ME 04105 (207) 797-9449 cell: (207) 233-8983 fax: (207) 797-3535
me.chelleigs@gmail.com
www.me-chelle.com


Michigan

Anji - Angela Leonard
517-927-1736
Anji4igs2000@yahoo.com
http://lflower.tripod.com/anjisitaliangreyhounds/index.html

Boka - Kathy Schwartzenberger
4108 Green Hwy
Tecumsen, MI (517) 423-6564
bokahounds@frontier.com
www.boka-hounds.us

Carousel - Dottie Teeple
MI (517) 655-4168
Dottie483@att.net

Dancyn - Cyndi Bulk
11011 Alger Ave.
Grant, MI 49327 (231) 834-5922
dancyn5@hotmail.com

Deerfield - Darlene Wallace
8113 Timpson
Alta, MI 49302 (616) 868-0907
Drflddogs@aol.com

Pineridge - Dick and Marilyn Heliker
1328 Catholic Church Road
Leslie, MI 49251 (517) 589-0875
dickheliker@yahoo.com

Minnesota

Agape - Karen Loftus
East Bethel, MN (763) 913-9067
Agapeigs@aol.com
http://agapeigs.com/

Missouri

Bellagio - Kristi Crouch
5671 Shortline Dr.
Lake Ozark, MO 65203
Bellagioig@aol.com

Elegante - M. "Sue" Hewitt
Eureka, MO 63025 (636) 938-4512
eleganteigs@gmail.com

Piason - Sharon L. McKay
St. Louis, MO (314) 719-7661

Evelyn Lutz
617 Fillmore
St. Louis, MO 63111-2345 (314) 353-3092
ev.lutz@earthlink.net

Nevada

Leisi - Amanda Watson
Sun Valley, NV (775) 674-6721
Leisis_igs@yahoo.com

New Jersey

Aura - Mary Hughes
auraigs@comcast.net

Retaggio - Pat Klinger
Great Meadows, NJ (908) 637-8124
ricklinger@centurylink.net

New York

Bellacani - Mary Hudson
bellacani@aol.com

Casesa - Jessica Hekl
Palisades, NY
jessica@casesaigs.com
www.CasesaIGs.com

GDM - Dee Snoble
8 Front Street
Van Etten, NY 14889 (607) 589-7472
dznrdee@frontiernet.net

Gioia Mia - Elissa Dominici
Stormville, NY
gioiamiaigs@optonline.net
www.gioiamiaigs.com

Honore - Carol Smith
NY (212) 923-6873
honoreig@aol.com
www.honorenyc.com

Raindance - Chelsea James
Northern Catskills, NY (518) 291-7564
www.raindanceigs.com

North Carolina

Amalfi - Carole Stevens
Sanford NC (919) 258-3042
amalfi_igs@yahoo.com

Integra - Mark Lucas
5660 Mountain Trail
Snow Camp, NC 27349 (336) 508-9505
IntegraKen@aol.com
www.integraken.org

Uwharrie - Lynne Ezzell
337 Roslyn Rd.
Troy, NC (910) 572-2945  6PM to 9PM
uwharrie@embarqmail.com
www.uwharrie.net

Michelle Parris
145 Meadowbrook Lane
Davidson, NC 28036 (704) 996-7933
phoenixinthewind@hotmail.com

Ohio

Kashmir - Celia Weatherhead
OH (440) 665-7492
KozyKashmir@aol.com
www.KozyKashmir.com

St. Roch - Mary Jo Smith
11366 Beaver Rd
Johnstown, OH 43031
(740) 927-7345
smithmj@oclc.org

Windspiel - Kenna Allison
5458 Walnut View Blvd
Gahanna, Ohio 43230 (614) 476-0779
wind5458@aol.com 

Yeshua - Carol Moore
Cincinnati, OH
YeshuaIGs@yahoo.com
www.yeshuaigs.tripod.com 

Oklahoma

Justa - Stacy Mason
102 W. Redbud Dr. #B
Stillwater, OK 74075 (405) 707-9488 cell: (405) 747-6053 fax: (405) 707-7366
Stacymason@sbcglobal.net

Oregon

Mira - Roseanne La-Mar Rogers
www.MiraFarms.net

Pennsylvania

Jaros - James R. (Bob) Steele, Jr.
2830 Sussex Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15226 (412) 563-0786
jaros.ig@verizon.net 

Rhode Island

Tebo - Kathleen Thibeault
16 Sherman Ave.
Lincoln, RI 02865 (401) 334-2738 cell: (401) 996-6635
teboigs@cox.net
www.teboigs.com

South Carolina

Marlord - Fran Marron
Simpsonville, SC 07034 (973) 335-4514
Randiesc5@aol.com
www.tcbmarlord.com


Tennessee

Logos - Sherry B. Phillips
9309 Hill Rd.
Knoxville, TN 37919 (865) 925-0633
ighound123@comcast.net
logosigs.com

Kalepas - Lorraine Sapelack
Murfreesboro, TN (615) 848-7107
kalepas_ig@yahoo.com

Sunbridge - Ann-Catherine Ervin
Johnson City, TN (423) 737-5357
SunBridge@bellsouth.net

Texas

Azygous - Debbie (& Jim) Fuxa
2657 FM 1139
Rockwall, TX 75032 (972) 771-1217
azygousig@aol.com 

Fiore - Cecilia Resnick
102 Forest Trail
Leander, TX 78641 (512) 528-9554
cresnick@austin.rr.com
www.fioreitaliangreyhounds.com

Levon - Sharon Lee
(936) 546-8242
sleenator@gmail.com

Lorenc - Janet M. Beckett
7802 Spinks Rd.
Abilene, TX 79603 (716) 912-9458
lorencig@aol.com 


Viva - Mary Ann Smart
Roanoke, TX 76262 (817) 490-7921
vivaig@earthlink.net

Whirlwind - Teri Dickinson
dickinsont@mindspring.com

Whisperun - R. Jolene Davis
19225 Fm 345
Troup, TX 75789 (903) 859-3282 cell: (903) 714-3861
Whisperun@aol.com
www.whisperunitaliangreyhounds.com

Voici - Layle Griffioen
Austin, TX 78749
Griffi97@webtv.net
www.voiciitaliangreyhounds.com

Virginia

Khymera - Connie Grimm
Gloucester, VA (804) 695-0220
cgrimm2@cox.net

Washington

Alfheim - Avery McLeod
Ethel, WA (360) 978-4151
alfheim@tds.net
www.alfheimigs.com

Belle Fortune - Victoria von Holder
(360) 920-8401
vvonholder@gmail.com

Curio - Jan Elliott-Goin
(360) 493-6047
curiohounds@comcast.net
www.curiohoundsigs.com

Salswift - Sally Smyth
(425) 516-9322 or (425) 417-3164
SalswiftIGs@msn.com

Linda Kennedy
West Richland, WA 99353 (509) 438-0020
ig@italian-greyhounds.net
www.italian-greyhounds.net/

Wisconsin

Windream - Suella Lory
(608) 348-6344
davelory@centurytel.net
www.Windreamigs.com


Canada

Cantex - Brenda Cook/Trish Cooper
Millbrook, Ontario (705) 944-5138
trishcuz@nexicom.net & brencuz@nexicom.net
www.cantexigs.com

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