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Cirneco dell'Etna

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The Cirneco dell'Etna (pronounced "cheer-nec-ko") is a medium sized hunting dog with an elegant and slender, yet robust, build. The breed is a keen hunter that works by scent, sight and hearing, and can handle working over difficult terrain. Its short coat ranges in color from light to dark shades of tan or chestnut, with white markings acceptable.



A Look Back

The Cirneco dell'Etna has been present in Sicily for over 2,500 years and shares a common origin with the Pharaoh Hound and other breeds throughout the Mediterranean basin. As a hunter of small mammals and fowl, the Cirneco is a hardy, compact dog that was successful in hunting under adverse conditions - high heat, on rugged terrain formed by volcanic lava and with little food or water over extended periods of time. The affix "dell'Etna" was only added to the name Cirneco in 1939 when the first breed standard was accepted by the Italian Kennel Club. Etna comes from Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, situated on the east coast of Sicily and the area with the highest concentration of Cirnechi.

Right Breed for You?

The Cirneco has the strong, independent temperament necessary for a hunter, but is friendly and affectionate with people making it a good family pet. The breed needs moderate physical exercise, requires mental stimulation to satisfy an intensely intelligent and inquisitive nature and responds well to gentle methods of training. Its short coat requires minimal grooming upkeep.

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  • Miscellaneous; Hound Group designation.
  • Ideal size: Between 18-19½ inches tall at the shoulder for males and between 16½ -19 inches for females.
  • Small mammal/fowl hunter.

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