- Dogs suitable for experienced owners
- Extra training required
- Generally healthy breed
- Enjoys vigorous walks
- Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
- Medium dog
- Some drool
- Requires grooming once a week
- Chatty and vocal dog
- Welcomes everyone happily
- Generally friendly with other 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
|Lifespan:||10 – 14 years|
|Weight:||20 – 28kg|
|Height:||50-60cm tall for males, 48-58cm for females|
|Colours:||All shades of fawn from deep fox red to very pale, and black and tan, some white markings may be seen on the face and chest|
|Kennel Club Group:||Hound (De-classified since 2020)|
|Easy to train:||3/5|
|Tolerates being alone:||3/5|
|Likes other pets:||5/5|
Gregarious and affectionate with those they know, the Segugio Italiano loves company, following a scent and being out all day. Despite being quite lightweight, they are formidable in a group against a larger potentially aggressive game. As a pet they will prefer company and are unlikely to tolerate being left for long by themselves. Expect hound style singing and howling at moments of excitement or frustration.
History and Origins
Country of Origin: Italy
The Segugio Italiano is an ancient Italian breed dating back thousands of years. Bred to hunt game including hare, rabbits and wild boar, they are tough dogs despite their small size and light build in comparison to other hounds.
It is thought their ancestry lies in Phoenician sighthounds and the scent hounds of the Celts, but there is very little written history on this breed. Their appearance certainly suggests this could be true. They are much lighter in build, much racier and longer in the leg than any other scent hound, but their working style ‘nose down, tail up and covering ground rapidly’ is all scent hound!
Did You Know?
While popular in its native Italy, the Segugio is so rare that there haven’t been any litters produced since 2007, and as a result in 2020 they were declassified by the Kennel Club in the UK.