The Italian Greyhound is a beautiful and unique little dog. While they are a small dog, they are very sturdy and can withstand a lot. As is the case with most dogs, they do have their share of bad habits. While these bad habits are not usually enough to deter someone from getting this wonderful dog for a pet, they are things you should be aware of before committing yourself to this dog.
They do enjoy spending time outdoors, but, unfortunately, most of this time is not spent just sitting on the front steps sleeping. They love digging holes, whether big or small - they just love digging. You may try many remedies to cure them, including basic obedience classes, and still they will dig. It is worth mentioning that obedience class is something the dog should be enrolled in whether they have these types of bad habits or not. Many owners make the mistake of enrolling their Italian greyhound in obedience classes to eliminate problems rather than to prevent them from starting.
The Italian Greyhound loves chasing animals like squirrels, birds or any other small animals they can spot. They do get along with other animals if they've been properly socialized since their arrival, but this probably won't help the neighbor's kittens. While they're outside, they do prefer that people are with them, but will try to get into mischief even if you're right by their side. They are not a dog that should be left outside. They will wreck your lawn if given enough time. They love to clip grass and eat it, even though it may make them sick. In fact, they will eat just about anything they come in contact with. This is another reason why they shouldn't be left outside alone for very long.
As loving of a dog as the Italian Greyhound is, they can also be a little pest in the house. Don't plan to get much done without them being underfoot. There is not a room or space in your house you can go to without them following right behind you or under your feet. If you do not enjoy steady company at all times, you may wish to think twice before getting an Italian Greyhound. They are also very demanding of your time. They want and expect your undivided attention 24/7. They are a jealous dog and won't hesitate to interrupt any physical attention you may give someone else.
One other thing about the Italian Greyhound worth mentioning is their dislike of wet grass. This may not seem like much of a concern, but will affect his morning outing for bathroom duty. It may be a steady battle getting them off the dry sidewalk and onto the wet grass to do their duty. They specifically do not like going out on rainy days.