Cirneco dell Etna Puppy

Cirneco dell'Etna

(aka: Sicilian Hound)

Cirneco dell'Etna


Male: 18 - 19.5 inches; 22 - 26 lbs.
Female: 16.5 - 18 inches; 18 - 22 lbs.


Tan or chestnut

Living Area

Do best in a rural setting with plenty of room run, hunt and play. A home with a yard would be the next choice Some say they are not good in apartments, but others say they can do well in an apartment with plenty of daily exercise. Check with your breeder, since this may vary upon lineage.


Low - Moderate

Energy Level

Moderate - High

Life Span


Description | Temperament | Grooming | History | Training | Health Problems

Cirneco dell'Etna Description

Originating in Italy, the Cirneco dell Etna bears a strong resemblance to the Pharaoh Hound. A sight, sound, and scent hound, this breed is extremely rare, difficult to obtain, and is not commonly seen out of its native island of Sicily.

Cirneco dell'Etna Temperament

The Cirneco dell Etna breed is not recommended for inexperienced or first time dog owners. The Cirneco dell Etna possesses a strong, independent personality. They are affectionate, loyal, and lively companions. They do well with children and other pets they have been raised with from puppyhood. However, they are reserved and aloof with strangers and pets they do not know. They are exceedingly alert and watchful, but are not typically aggressive.

Cirneco dell'Etna Grooming

Occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush is recommended for the Cirneco dell Etna. Bathing should only be done when necessary.

Cirneco dell'Etna History

The Cirneco is a small, primitive breed that is used in Sicily to hunt rabbits near the mount Etna volcano. Now fairly common in its native land, the breed almost disappeared until revived in the early 1900's.

The first breed standard was written and accepted by the ENCI (FCI) in Italy in 1939. An updated version was approved by the FCI in 1956, and is a member of Group 5 for Spitz and Primitive breeds, and is classified under section 7 as a primitive hunting breed. This year also saw the creation of the breed club in Italy.

The breed is believed to have existed in Sicily for the last 2500 years. Cirnechi can now be found throughout Western Europe, Scandinavia, the USA and most recently Russia.

Cirneco dell'Etna Training

The Cirneco dell'Etna is an intelligentand dominant dog that learns quickly, especially being easily motivated with food! They do not respond well to heavy handed training methods. They need firmness, fairness, patience and consistency. Early socialization with other animals is highly recommended.

They are best kept on a leash since they are natural hunters and may go into "hunting" mode at any time when they see small "prey". With training they can become very responsive to their owner and even compete in obedience and agility trials.

Cirneco dell'Etna Health Problems

Being an ancient breed that has survived through natural selection, they are virtually free of any health problems.

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