Question tax: came for Lucifer the rabbit, stayed because my former roommate is a vet tech and I find all this stuff interesting. My question: Is there any substantial difference in health problems between greyhounds, whippets, and Italian greyhounds?
Greyhounds and whippets are very similar, the whippets we know today most likely being bred down from undersized English greyhounds. They share a lot of similarities, but don’t have the extreme racing physiology that greyhounds have and usually lack racing injuries.
Italian Greyhounds (IGs) are quite different. They’ve got a long history, which involves some strange breeding to toy breeds at one point, and are fragile little things that I’m sometimes afraid to break by touching, and considering they can and will break their radius and ulna by jumping off things, that fear is not unfounded.
IGs are an orthopedic surgeon’s dream and nightmare.