Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website: http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Italy Other Names Italian Hound, Italian Segugio, Segugio Italiano, Shorthaired Italian Hound Life Expectancy Approximately 10-14 Years Litter Size No Information Available Breed Group FCI - Scenthound
Breed Appearance The Segugio is a square dog, whose length should be equal to its height at the withers. It is fawn-colored or black and tan.
Breed Description Head: Long. Slightly domed skull. Stop not very pronounced. Large nose. Long, domed nosebridge. Ears: Triangular, flat, pendulous, pointed at the tips. Eyes: Large, dark ocher-colored. Body: Can be inscribed inside a square. Very well-knit neck without dewlap. Moderately wide chest. Well-muscled loin. No
tuck-up. Straight, muscular back. Level, well-muscled croup. Tail: Set on high, hanging in saber fashion. Carried no higher than the back in action. Hair: Medium in length (under 5 cm), harsh except for on the head, legs, and tail. A shorthaired variety with smooth hair
also exists. Coat: Solid fawn, ranging from dark smoky reddish-fawn to light fawn, and black and tan. Fawn may be accompanied by white
markings on the muzzle, skull, neck, lower legs, and tip of the tail, and white flashings on the chest. Size: Dog: 52 to 60 cm. (20.5-23.5 in).Bitch: 50 to 58 cm. (20-23 in). Weight: Dog: 20 to 28 kg. (44-62 lb).Bitch: 18 to 26 kg. (40-57.5 lb).
History The Italian Hound's origins are quite distant. The descendant of Egyptian scenthounds, he is believed to have been imported
to Greece and then Italy, where he might have been crossed with the Roman Molossus. Images of this scenthound can be found
in ancient statuary, as well as in Renaissance paintings. By the late nineteenth century, the breed had branched into several
varieties, including the Lomellina Hound and Alpine Hound, which were used to develop todays breed. An Italian Hound won the
first European Cup in 1993 in France.
Behavior This robust, very hardy, fast, lively, enthusiastic dog with a superb nose works alone or in packs. He is perfectly adapted to
the most rugged terrain and hunts hare, fox, and wild boar. He has a resonant, harmonious voice. Although the Italian Hound is
independent and not very outgoing, he can be a companion animal. He needs firm training.
Health Very healthy.
Advice He needs space and lots of exercise and requires regular brushing.