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Segugio Italiano

A medium sized long-legged hound, the Segugio Italiano comes in two coat varieties, Smooth and Rough. Square in outline, and light in structure the Segugio has a long muzzle and lean build like a sighthound, but the large dropped ears and nose of a scent hound.

10 – 14 years
20 – 28kg
50-60cm tall for males, 48-58cm for females
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)
The need-to-know
  • 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


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.

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.

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