Cirneco dell'Etna

Cirneco dell'Etna

Breed Description +

The Cirneco dell'Etna  has a short coat that is tan to fawn in color and may have some white spotting. They are intelligent, hard working, and alert dogs with a high level of energy and endurance. As with all sighthounds, training should be positive and reward based. They enjoy participating in dog sports such as lure coursing, racing, agility, and competitive obedience and may engage in chasing small pets or wildlife.
  • AKC Name:

    Cirneco dell'Etna

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  • Observed Weight:

    17 - 26 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    15 - 24 lbs


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 17 - 20 in


The Cirneco dell’Etna is a small hunting dog originating from the Mediterranean island of Sicily where it has been for at least 2500 years. It is one of the smallest of the similar sighthounds found on islands throughout the Mediterranean. It has been developed to function over rough and sometimes volcanic terrain and is a keen hunter, using scent, sight and hearing to hunt both rabbit and fowl. The breed was standardized in the 1930s when a standard was agreed with the Italian Kennel Club in 1939 and it was later recognized by the FCI in 1989. It was recognized by the AKC in 2015 and added to the hound group.

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