An early Mediterranean traveler
Original Name : Segugio Italiano a Pelo Raso
Type : Braccoid
Other Names : Segugio, Italiano
Male size : 20½-22¾ inches
Male weight : 39¾-61¾ lbs
Female size : 19-22 inches
Female weight : 39¾-61¾ lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Italy
Italian Shorthaired Hounds are well adapted to the most diverse types of terrain. They are very hardy animals that can run at great speed, working with enthusiasm either alone or in a pack. Bold but not very expansive, Italian Shorthaired Hounds have a gentle expression and a very pleasant voice.
Viewed from above, almost oval skull; viewed from the side, the lines of skull and muzzle are divergent.
Straight topline descending harmoniously from withers to croup, modestly convex in the lumbar region.
All shades of solid fawn, from deep red to washed out fawn, or black and tan. Tan markings are typically found on muzzle, eyebrows, chest, legs, from carpus to foot and tarsal to foot, and perineum.
Triangular, flat along almost the entire length, very broad.
Thin at the base, uniform along its length, resembling a small breadstick.
Short over the entire body, with stiff, dense, close and uniformly smooth horse hair.
The history of Italian Shorthaired Hounds goes all the way back to earliest antiquity. They are clearly descended from primitive hounds from ancient Egypt that were introduced along the Mediterranean coast, including Italy, by Phoenician traders. There are many depictions of hounds that closely resemble Italian Shorthaired Hounds made in the reign of various Pharaohs. The drop ears, in particular, are a sign that domestication was advanced even then.These medium-sized, square-shaped dogs are robustly built and perfectly proportioned, with strong bones. These are lean hounds with good muscles and not an ounce of fat.