Cirneco dell’Etna

Cirneco dell'Etna

Cirneco dell’Etna At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (Hound); FCI (Spitz and Primitive); KC (Hound); UKC (Sighthound & Pariah)


Medium. Weight: Male: 26-30; Female: 18-26 lbs Height: Male: 18-20; Female: 16.5-18 inches


Glossy, harsh and short.


Fawn; With or Without White Chest Markings, White; With or Without Orange Markings

Life Span:

12 to 14 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

It is thought that this breed's ancestors are the ones found left by the Phoenicians along Sicily’s coast.

Cirneco dell’Etna Overview

Originating in Italy, the Cirneco dell’Etna bears a strong resemblance to the Pharaoh Hound. This dog breed is a sight, sound and scent hound. The breed is extremely rare, difficult to obtain and is not commonly seen outside of their native island of Sicily.


Cirneco dell’Etna Characteristics

This is a primitive dog breed. The dog is both slender and elegant. Despite their lithe appearance, this dog breed is well muscled, strong, and hardy. The most distinctive feature of this breed is their ears that are high-set, rigid and erect. This dog breed is agile, swift, and possess the uncanny ability of stalking and catching prey with absolute silence.


Cirneco dell’Etna Temperament

This dog breed is not recommended for novice or first time dog owners. They have a strong and independent temperament. They are affectionate, loyal and lively. The dog gets along well with children and other pets, especially those they were been raised with. However, this breed is reserved and aloof with strangers and unfamiliar pets. The breed is extremely alert and vigilant, but typically not aggressive.



Cirneco dell’Etna Care

This dog breed does not require an excessive amount of maintenance. Occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush is recommended for this breed. To preserve the natural oils of the skin and coat, this breed should only be bathed when absolutely necessary. The breed has no documented health issues, but this could be due to the rarity of the breed.


Cirneco dell’Etna Coat

The coat of this dog breed is glossy, harsh and short.


Cirneco dell’Etna Training

This is an intelligent and dominant dog breed. The Cirneco dell’Etna requires early and intense socialization and obedience training. This breed does not respond well to harsh or forceful training methods. Training should be performed with firmness, fairness, patience and consistency.


Cirneco dell’Etna Activity

This dog breed requires an above average amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation. The Cirneco dell’Etna is not suited to city or apartment living and does best in a rural setting where there is ample room to roam, hunt, run and play.

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