Most puppy buyers use the internet to look for puppies. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as you realise that bad breeders know where their buyers are and they know how to pull them in.
A breeder may sound very credible – much loved pet Italian Greyhounds, mum and dad both available at home to view, puppy pack and one month’s insurance comes with the puppy, etc. They may even bamboozle you with stories about fantastic show successes and five-generation pedigrees. But if they are advertising online the likelihood is that they are not a responsible breeder, and are breeding for financial gain.
It’s up to you as a buyer to do your research, but it can be very confusing because purely commercial breeders, whose sole interest is in financial gain, but not the health or improvement of the Italian Greyhound or ensuring that they are suitable pets for you – even if they claim that the home is important.
They will however ask for a deposit, sometimes non refundable, a reputable breeder will never ask for a deposit for a puppy as they will be more concerned about the home the puppy is going to live in for the rest of its life, rather than the money it generates. Make sure you ask lots of questions and never conduct a sale without first viewing the puppy with its mother at the very least, in its home environment.
The Dog Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding has more information: http://www.dogadvisorycouncil.com/puppy/
Also the Dog Breeding Reform Group: http://www.dogbreedingreformgroup.uk/guide-to-buying-a-puppy.html
There are many instances where ‘home breeders’ are breeding their bitches’ season after season. Not only is this an abuse of the breeding bitch but the health implications for the puppies are very serious. A puppy born out of a bitch that has been bred extensively is likely to suffer from a whole host of health and temperament issues that are the result of poor breeding practices and lack of care in the dog’s formative months. Please do not support these despicable practices by handing your money over to them.
The search for an Italian Greyhound puppy can take some time, we strongly recommend that you meet a number of the breed before making a decision to buy an IG. Championship Dog Shows are good places to visit, make sure you visit on the day the Toy Group is being judged and the breed has classes, a list of shows can be found on the Kennel Club Website >
The Italian Greyhound Club holds three shows annually : https://italiangreyhoundclub.co.uk/shows-and-events/
Visiting a dog show is a great way to meet lots of Italian Greyhounds, their owners and their breeders
Responsible breeders breed very rarely and so you will need to be prepared to wait for a puppy to become available but at least you have confidence that your puppy was bred responsibly and cared for appropriately in its early weeks.
The Italian Greyhound Club Puppy Coordinator – Dorothy Thompson may be able to put you in touch with an appropriate breeder when they have puppies available – firstname.lastname@example.org
Before buying an IG ask yourself:
Can you afford to keep a dog? Food, vet fees and pet insurance (a must for an IG as a fractured limb is likely to cost in excess of £2,000 in specialist vet treatment), could cost you around £25 per week and will increase with age.
Can you make a lifelong commitment to an IG? On average, an IG will live to around 12 years old.
Is my house/flat suitable for keeping an IG with a fully enclosed garden?
Do I have the time to exercise an IG every day? An IG will need about an hour’s exercise every day (not just running around in your garden).
Will your IG have company at home for most of the time? They need to be kept exercised mentally and physically – Dog Walkers and Doggie Day Care is not recommended for this highly-strung sensitive breed.
If you have answered “No” to any of these questions, maybe now is not the right time to buy an Italian Greyhound.
Italian Greyhounds are not for everyone – they’re small and they look cute, but they’re also full of energy – this was a pub lunch after a two hour IG walk. Luckily, the lunch was booked in a private room!
Owning and caring for an Italian Greyhound is one of the most joyful and rewarding experiences you can have. Making the right choice in the first place will ensure that it is.