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Cirneco dell'Etna

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Cirneco dell'Etna

The Cirneco dell'Etna (also known as the Sicilian Hound) is a small-sized dog with short hair and a graceful and athletic appearance. The coat color is solid fawn with white markings. They should have a long, lean head with a wedge-like appearance. The jaws are strong and come together in a scissor-like bite. The eyes are small, almond shaped and are normally amber in color. The ears are high set, large and carried erect with the opening towards the front. They should never be cropped. The neck is long, muscular and well-arched. The chest should be deep and the front legs are straight. The feet should be firm and well knuckled. The tail is thin and set low. It is carried like a saber or between the legs when the dog is at rest and curving over the back when in action.

Temperament The Cirneco dell'Etna is a quiet yet lively breed. They are hardy, rustic and powerful dogs with a strong personality. They may be a bit difficult to train, but do best with early and firm training. The Cirneco is lively and friendly towards their family, but do not warm up quickly to other children or to strange pets. This affectionate breed is usually happy and not aggressive. They are very alert and watchful making them good watch dogs.
Height, Weight Male Height: 18-20" ; Weight: 26-30 lbs.
Female Height: 16-18" ; Weight: 18-26 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is very hardy, but occasionally can be prone to drug sensitivities including insecticides and medicines.
Living Conditions Cirnecos will do well living in an apartment; however, they do best with a large yard. They are incredibly fast and can be difficult to recapture if they escape. If they spy or scent prey, they will go far away from you as they never lose their instinct to hunt alone. They are sensitive to the cold and should not be expected to sleep outside as they always prefer to be with their families.
Exercise This breed needs a great deal of daily exercise. They should have two or three long walks per day if they do not have a large yard in which they can stretch their legs. Only let this dog off their lead in a safe area. They make excellent bicycling companions.
Life Expectancy About 12-14 years
Grooming This breed does not require much grooming. The coat can be kept shiny by rubbing over it with a rubber glove or by brushing. They are a clean breed with no doggy odor. They are average shedders.
Origin Artifacts created in the Nile Valley during the Stone Age, perhaps as long ago as 4000 BC, display the image of a general type hound such as the Pharaoh, Ibizan and Sicilian breeds. These dogs had the typical large, upright ears and descended from pariah-type southern dogs selected for their speed. Depicted widely during the Egyptian dynasties, these dogs bear a striking resemblance to the dog-god Anubis, who guided souls to their place in the afterworld. This breed was named after the area of Cirneco, Sicily. Resting on Sicily is an active volcano, Mt. Etna, from which the name originated. Formally used as a hunting dog, they are mostly used today as a pet and show dog. The breed is recognized by the FCI and the UKC and has been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®.
Group AKC/FSS Hound, UKC Sighthound and Pariah