Italian Hound Breed Maintenance
The Italian Hound does not require a lot of maintenance. Expect to groom your Italian Hound once a week to keep the coat shiny and healthy. The smooth coated variety can be brushed with a soft slicker brush or a natural bristle brush. The rough coated variety will need to be brushed with a stiff natural bristle brush and a metal comb. The hair between the pads on their feet will need to be trimmed every few weeks to keep dirt and debris from accumulating and causing irritation. They do not generally have a strong smell and should not need to be bathed often. Between baths you can sprinkle a cornstarch and baby powder mixture through the coat and then brush out to remove any smell and excess oils from the coat. Clean the ears weekly since the Italian Hound is prone to ear infections. Check his nails each week and trim when needed.