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Cirneco Dell’Etna

Elegant and slender, the Cirneco Dell’Etna is a small to medium sized hound with a sleek close coat, fine head and distinctive large, upright ears. Coats come in a short variety or semi-long, but with no feathering.

12 – 14 years
8 – 12kg
42 – 50cm
Solid coloured in light sand through to dark tan, Isabella (a very light blue-ish grey) through to dark tan. There may be very small white markings on the toes, chest, head or tip of tail.
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • Great family dog
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Cirneco Dell’Etna is generally a hardy breed with no widely recognised breed specific health problems.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here


Affectionate and friendly, the Cirneco Dell’Etna is an adaptable dog, robust and still absolutely capable of a day’s hunting yet delighting in curling up on the sofa or playing with the family. Very capable of independent thinking, the Cirneco is intelligent and quick to learn, but will make their own decisions if left to do so. Careful and thorough socialisation is necessary as this is a fairly primitive breed, still closely linked to their working roots.

Did You Know?

  • The Cirneco Dell’Etna has been around a long time. Depicted on art works found in Sicily dating to 380BC, that seems pretty old, but in fact the Cirneco Dell’Etna may be the dog seen in reliefs of a very similar looking and similarly sized dog dating to 4000BC!
  • The first written text to discuss the Cirneco Dell’Etna, specifically hunting with them, was published in 1533.
  • Despite all this incredible history, they did not have their own breed classes at Crufts until 2016.
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