Being a short-coated breed, Italian Greyhounds do not require a lot of grooming.
There are 3 essential grooming tasks:
1. Check your dog every day to make sure they’re in good health – run your hands over every part of his/her body and make sure you take a look in his/her ears in case there’s anything nasty lurking in there like a tick, and check their paw pads too for things like grass seeds.
2. Teeth must be brushed daily – a soft-bristle children’s toothbrush with a canine toothpaste. Gum disease and dental problems are prevalent in Italian Greyhounds and daily brushing goes a long way to helping prevent these problems in the long term.
3. Nails trimmed regularly – usually every 1-2 weeks depending on the dog
As Italian Greyhounds are a short-coated breed they tend to ‘wipe down’ easily after a muddy walk, either with just a wet, soft bath towel or with the dog wipes that are readily available in pet stores, so you rarely need to bathe them.
If you find that your Italian Greyhound really does need a ‘proper’ wash bear in mind that they don’t generally like water, and definitely not being submerged in it. If you are going to wash them then a warm (test the temperature first) wash with a hand shower (not a high-pressure spray) is a relatively easy way of doing it and be careful of using any shampoos – Italian Greyhounds have very delicate skins and most shampoos, including dog shampoos, will be too harsh. Baby Shampoo is used by some owners.