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Life span: 12-15 Years

Height: 46-52cm (Male); 42-50cm (Female)

Weight: 10-12kg (Male); 8-10kg (Female)

Cirneco Dell’Etna is smaller dog breed which belongs to hound type. They are gentle, affectionate and can be loyal pets for their owners. They are used to hunt rabbits in older days. Cirneco dog breeds originated from Italy and are not hypoallergenic dogs. They shed a little, but are not that much allergic.

Physical Characteristics

This relatively small dog has a slender body with a thin, medium sized tail and large erect ears. Their eyes can be brown or light brown with a light brown or isabelline nose. Their coat is short, close to the body, and rough to the touch. The coat can be most variations of brown and may include some white, although this is not preferable.


Originally used for hunting small animals, this breed’s origins are the same as the Pharaoh Hound. This breed was unknown for over 2,500 years, and so its breed standard was not accepted into the Italian Kennel Club until 1939, when Dell’Etna was added to its name. Etna referring to the largest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna, is located in Sicily, on the east coast, and has the most Cirnechi. In Italy it is known as the Sicilian Greyhound, and is now used as a family companion. It was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006, and by the American Kennel Club in 2015, even though it had been accepted into its Foundation Stock Service and Miscellaneous Group in 2012.


This family dog is curious, playful, and a great companion for children. It enjoys escaping places, and it is easy given how high it can jump, so secure your yard with a high and dig proof fence. They cannot be left alone for long or will become bored and might develop destructive behavior and become loud, which is why they also need plenty of toys to entertain themselves. When exercising outside, they must be kept on a leash at all times, as any movement might set it running after a small animal. Even though it is independent, this dog is very trainable, due to it being so smart, and they respond better to positive reinforcement, especially if it involves treats. However, be careful with the amount of treats you give it, since this breed is prone to getting obese


This is a very healthy breed, and apart from the probability of suffering injuries during running, they are not known to have any health issues.


Their coats need weekly brushing and occasional bathing. Their ears should be checked regularly for any dirt to prevent infections, as well as their nails trimmed and teeth brushed. They are high energy dogs that need daily exercise and are best suited to have a job to do. They must be kept on a leash outside and have a fenced yard. Even though this is an independent natured breed, they are quite easy to train, especially with gentle and positive reinforcement. Early and careful socialization is extremely important for this breed.


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