The deft Sicilian hunter
Original Name : Cirneco dell’Etna
Type : Graioid
Other Names : Cirneco
Male size : 18-19½ inches
Male weight : 22-26½ lbs
Female size : 16½-18 inches
Female weight : 17½-22 lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Italy
This Italian breed is very well suited to working in difficult terrain, especially on the trail of wild boars. Very temperamental, yet gentle and affectionate.
Oval, longer than it is broad.
Straight topline, sloping gracefully to the croup.
Self-colored fawn, more or less intense, or fawn with more or less white (white blaze on the head).
Set very high and close together, pricked and very stiff, open toward the front.
Set low, rather thick all along its length, fairly long.
Smooth on head, ears and legs, half-long (over 1 inch) but sleek and close on body and tail.
It is often held that this Sicilian breed is descended from ancient breeds of hunting dogs that were brought to the island by the Phoenicians from the Nile Valley in the time of the Pharaohs. But more recent studies hypothesize that it is actually a native breed from the vicinity of Mount Etna.These primitive-type dogs of elegant, slender lines, and medium size are robust and resistant and not at all cumbersome. The square body, lightly built, is covered in fine hair.