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Cirneco dell'Etna

The Cirneco dell'Etna (Italian pronunciation: [tʃirˈnɛko delˈlɛtna]; plural Cirnechi [tʃirˈnɛki]) is a small breed of dog originally from Italian island of Sicily.[1] This hound was historically used to hunt rabbits and can work for hours without food or water.[2] The breed also has a keen sense of smell and is primarily built for endurance over harsh terrain such as that of Mount Etna. It is the smallest of the Mediterranean island hunting hounds, the others being the Pharaoh Hounds and Ibizan Hounds.

Cirneco dell'Etna
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A male Cirneco dell'Etna
Common nicknamesCirneco
Weight Male 10–12 kg (22–26 lb)
Female 8–10 kg (18–22 lb)
Height Male 46–52 cm (18–20 in)
Female 42–50 cm (17–20 in)
Coat Short on head, short to semi-long on body
Colour Light sand, isabella, light to dark tan
Life span Over 12 Years
Classification / standards
FCI Group 5 Spitz and Primitive dogs, Section 7 Primitive Hunting Dogs #199 standard
AKC Hound Group standard
KC (UK) Hound standard
UKC Sighthound & Pariah standard
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

Today they are increasingly kept for conformation showing and as pets, due to their low coat maintenance and friendly nature, although as active hounds they do need regular exercise[3]. A Cirneco should measure from 43 to 51 cm (17 to 20 in) and weigh between 10 and 12 kg (22 and 26 lb). As with other breeds, those from hunting stock can lie outside these ranges.


  1. ^ Hall, Derek (15 August 2016). "The Ultimate Guide To Dog Breeds: A Useful Means of Identifying the Dog Breeds of the World and how to Care for Them". Book Sales. Retrieved 21 August 2018 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Cirneco dell’Etna Training Guide Cirneco dell’Etna Training Book- Iris Hammond (2015), 136 pages. ISBN 1522886753, ISBN 978-1522886754
  3. ^ "Cirneco dell'Etna Dog Breed Information – All You Need to Know". Dog Product Picker. 2019-06-07. Retrieved 2019-06-07.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Cirneco dell'Etna at Wikimedia Commons