Cirneco dell'Etna Dog Breed Information


Cirneco dell'Etna Quick Facts
Cirneco dell'Etna
Breed Group: Not Akc Recognized
Origen: Sicily, Italy
Nickname: Cinerco
Weight: 18-30 lbs
Height: 16-20 inches
Color(s): Fawn; with or without white chest markings. White; with or without orange markings.


Cirneco dell'Etna Appearance

The Cirneco dell’ Etna is a small hound-type dog, with a sad expression. This breed is also known as "Sicilian greyhound” and was historically used to hunt rabbits because of his extraordinary sense of smell. They can work for hours in the heat without food or water. The Cirneco dell Etna can be found all over the Italian island and particularly in the area surrounding the active volcano, Mount Etna. This breed is extremely rare, difficult to obtain, and is not commonly seen out of its native island of Sicily. 

The Cirneco dell’ Etna has a muzzle like an ancient greyhound, with big triangular prick ears and slightly deep set eyes.  It’s that we are looking at a miniature Pharaoh Hound. His tail hangs down like a saber when the dog is standing The Cirneco dell Etna has an extremely short coat that is tan in color with white marking only on the chest. The weight of the Cirneco dell’ Etna is around 18-30 pounds and the height is 16-20 inches.

Cirneco dell'Etna Temperament

The Cirneco dell’ Etna is a smart, vigilant and very loyal to its handler. Despite his size they are active, fearless, tireless and full of dignity. They are very affectionate and friendly, it is considered easier to train and can serve as a hunter, guard dog and a family dog. Unlikely other hunting dogs, it hardly barks during hunting. Don’t let your Cirneco to run free off leash unless you are absolutely certain that is a safe place. This breed can jump extremely high, so your yard needs a good high fence.

Is Cirneco dell'Etna the Right Dog Breed for You?

Cirneco dell’ Etna is an active hound and requires lots of exercise. They could be fine living in an apartment without a yard as long as regular exercise is provided. They need at least an hour of hard strenuous exercise every day. Their ideal activity will be hunting but if this is not possible they will be fine with a long walk everyday or Running alongside a bicycle. They are loving and patient with children.

This breed tends to be reserved with other dogs but is generally fine with its own breed. They get along with cats and household pets, but tend to chase small animals including any strange cat.

Cirneco dell'Etna Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Cirneco dell’ Etna is around 12-14 years.

Cirneco dell'Etna Health problems

There is no known health problems associated with this breed because of its rarity.

Cirneco dell'Etna Care and Grooming

Grooming for the Cirneco dell’ Etna is fairly easy and not coat care is required. An occasional massage with a towel will be enough. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Over bathing or frequent bathing your dog will strip the oils from the coat and may cause severe skin irritations and possible allergy type reactions. Check the ears occasionally to make sure that are clean and free of infections.

Cirneco dell'Etna Shedding

The Cirneco dell’ Etna do not shed, therefore may be suited for those with allergies.