Breed Organization United Kennel Club (UKC) Website:
http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Italy Other Names Cirneco dell'Etna, Cirneco Sicilian Hound Life Expectancy Approximately 12-14 Years Litter Size Average 2-5 Puppies Breed Group Sighthound
Breed Appearance They are smaller in size, with very short,
glossy and rough to the touch, fur. They are thinly wired, with
evenly distributed muscles, such as a greyhound. One of the ancient
sight hounds, Cirneco dell'Etnas are excellent at catching their
prey. They can sneak up to small animals, even birds, in total
silence and snatch them from their hiding place. They were once used
to hunt rabbit and other small game. They have excellent noses and
almond-shaped, deep set eyes. Their eyes range from yellow to hazel
brown color. Their appearance is one of wisdom, with high pointing
erect ears and a thin face.
Breed Description Head: Long. Skull is almost flat.
Distinct stop. Straight nose bridge. Pointed muzzle. Flat cheeks.
Fine, thin, tight, lips. Ears: Set high and close together. Triangular with narrow,
pointed tips. Held rigidly erect and forward. Eyes: Small, almond shape. Ocher (not too dark), amber, or gray
color. Body: Square body outline. Top profile of neck is well arched.
Tapered neck. Rather narrow chest. Ribs barely sprung. Tail: Set low. Rather thick and long. Carried in the shape of a
saber at rest and curving up to the back when in action. Hair: Stiff like horse hair. Short on the head, ears, and legs.
Longer (3 cm), smooth, and close-lying on the body and tail. Coat: Solid fawn, either bright or diluted (Isabella, tawny).
Fawn with white markings. Solid white with orange markings is
permissible, but not desirable. Size: Dog: 46 to 50 cm.Bitch: 42 to 46 cm. Weight: Dog: 10 to 12 kg.Bitch: 8 to 10 kg.
History Some experts believe the Cirneco was brought to
Sicily by the Phoenicians and that it is descended from the Pharaoh
Hound. According to current thinking, however, the Cirneco is an
indigenous breed that originated around the Sicilian volcano Mount
Etna as early as the fourth century before the common era. The breed
closely resembles the dog depicted in bas-reliefs on Egyptian
tombstones. The Cirneco was used to hunt rabbit, pheasant, and
partridge on rough terrain. The first standard for the breed was
written in 1939.
Behavior This very rustic, hardy, lively, agile,
powerful dog has a strong personality, but a good temperament. He is
an affectionate, cheerful, gentle pet. Reserved toward strangers,
but not aggressive, the Cirneco makes a good guard dog. This
sighthound specializes in rabbit hunting. Early, firm training is
Health No Information Available.
Advice The Cirneco adapts easily to city-living.
However, it needs constant exercise. Regular brushing is required.