The Cirneco dell'Etna is a small breed of dog originally from Italian island of Sicily. This hound was historically used to hunt rabbits and can work for hours without food or water. The breed also has a keen sense of smell and is primarily built for endurance over harsh terrain such as that of Mount Etna. It is the smallest of the Mediterranean island hunting hounds, the others being the Pharaoh Hounds and Ibizan Hounds.
Today they are increasingly kept for conformation showing and as pets, due to their low coat maintenance and friendly nature, although as active hounds they do need regular exercise. A Cirneco should measure from 43 to 51 cm (17 to 20 in) and weigh between 10 and 12 kg (22 and 26 lb). As with other breeds, those from hunting stock can lie outside these ranges.
|Height||Male: 10–12 kg (22–26 lb)Female: 8–10 kg (18–22 lb)|
|Weight||Male: 46–52 cm (18–20 in)Female: 42–50 cm (17–20 in)|
|Good In Apartments||
|Good With Children||
Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them. It is also friendly toward other pets.
|Good With Dogs||
|Good With Cats||
Moderately Easy Training: Training won't require too much attention and effort, though it won't be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.
The Cirneco has a glossy, tan- to chestnut-colored coat that’s easy to groom: Brush him weekly using a hound glove or a rubber curry brush. If you brush him consistently, he shouldn’t need a bath too often.
Minimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.