The Cirneco dell’Etna is a small and slender dog, similar in appearance to the Greyhound but with larger ears and a chestnut/tan coat.
These dogs are an ancient breed native to the island of Sicily where they were valued for their intelligence and for their natural hunting ability. If you are looking for a small, active breed – especially one that takes well to dog sports – the Cirneco dell’Etna may be the right breed for you.
The name of this breed is Italian and sometimes the Cirneco dell’Etna is referred to as the Sicilian Greyhound. This breed looks similar to the Pharaoh Hound but its origins are entirely Italian.
The Cirneco dell’Etna has a steady temperament, and is a sociable animal, so it is suitable for most families.
Like all dogs, it does need daily exercise, but with as little as half an hour a day it is also capable of adapting to indoor living, and it may be a good choice for such a lifestyle, as its coat sheds only very lightly.
Because the Cirneco dell’etna is a small-breed dog, it is best that you feed him a dog food formulated specifically to meet the high-energy needs of small-breed dogs. An active dog food formula may also be adequate.
The Cirneco dell’Etna is an intelligent breed so they typically respond well to training. For the best results, start training early while your puppy is still young – that is when they will soak up the most training.
The Cirneco dell’Etna is a small hound, standing only 17 to 20 inches tall at maturity. This breed generally weighs between 22 and 26 lbs. as an adult.
As an ancient breed that has been largely unmanipulated by man, the Cirneco dell’Etna is hardy and healthy.
The main health concerns to which this breed is prone include injuries that can occur while running. Responsible breeding practices and genetic testing can help to reduce the risk for inherited conditions in this and other breeds.