Diavolino Italian Greyhounds

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Coat And Colour

Canada: Coat

Very short, close, of fine texture, silky to the touch, glossy like satin. The skin is fine and supple.

USA: Coat
Skin fine and supple, hair short, glossy like satin and soft to the touch.

Canada: Colour

White, cream, fawn, blue, grey, black, red, chocolate, bronze, blue/fawn, red/fawn. Any shade of these colours, solid or with white markings or white with coloured markings is acceptable. A mask is permissible.

USA: Color
Any color and markings are acceptable except that a dog with brindle markings and a dog with the tan markings normally found on black-and-tan dogs of other breeds must be disqualified.

One thing that totally takes away from the IG experience is a poor quality coat.  It should be so silky that you just can't stop yourself from touching it!  If it feels coarse or brittle, it is a bad coat.

Some IGs will have sparser coat on the belly.  That is normal, as long as it isn't to the point of looking patchy or mangy.  Keep in mind that some puppies will go through a coat change, and can look pretty moth eaten at around 4-6 months old.  Once the adult coat is fully in, the moth eaten look should be gone.

Here is an example of an IG going through a coat change.  You can see the lighter coloured (dead) puppy coat coming out through the new, healthy adult coat.  You can also see the patches where the puppy coat has come out.

coat change

There is a condition in IGs called Colour Mutant Alopecia, also known as Blue Coat Syndrome.  Again, this is a judging essay, not a breeding essay, so I won't go into the ramifications of the condition.  I believe it to be more serious than a cosmetic issue, some other breeders feel it is merely cosmetic.  However, when judging IGs you should be aware of it.  It happens in blues and blue fawns, where the coloured hairs start to get brittle and break off.  This will leave bald patches, sometimes resulting in total baldness like my first IG had.  The areas with white hairs are not affected.

No colour is more important or more valuable than any other colour.  No colour or markings should take precedence when judging.  There is an old horseman's saying... "A good horse is never a bad colour".  The same should apply to IGs. 

I once had a judge tell me of a small, nearly solid golden fawn bitch "She's a lovely dog, moves like a dream, but she will never be a Special.  She is too small and too plain".  She is a wee bit over 13" tall.  And she won the National Specialty!

Sometimes a lack of markings, or 'chrome' as we tend to call it, helps to show off a dog's outline.  And sometimes markings, if placed badly, can ruin the outline of a dog.  So when judging IGs, try to look beyond the markings and see the dog that is really there.


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