The Cirneco Dell’Etna (plural Cinechi), also known as the Sicilian Hound, is a breed of medium-sized, slender dog that originated in Sicily, Italy. It belongs to the miscellaneous class under the hound breed family which is notable for their excellent hunting skills emphasized by their incomparable scenting power, speed, and or stamina. Cirneco Dell’Etna dogs were originally bred to hunt rabbits, and were mainly built to endure over rough terrain. Their sleek coat is short on the head, legs, and ears, and a bit longer on the body. Its texture ranges from fine to relatively coarse, and colors vary from light to dark shades of chestnut or tan.
Height and Weight
Both the male and female members of the line commonly stand a height of 17 to 20 in at the withers, and weigh between 22 to 26 lbs.
Cirneco Dell’Etna dogs, in general, are a strong and lively breed with an independent temperament. They are known to be gentle and affectionate toward their family owners. Because the breed is always pleased to come across familiar and new people, they usually do not make good watch or guard dogs. The breed basically makes an excellent companion. Because of their friendliness and being non-aggressive, Cirnechi can be trusted with small children. They are best suited for handlers with an active lifestyle. They are nonetheless not a pet for everyone. The breed is very active, mobile, and needs a great deal of attention. Cirnechi love to play joint games and like to participate in almost all household activities. They have an excellent sense of humor and are highly intelligent.
Cirneco Dell’Etna dogs are very easy to groom. Their smooth coat only has minimal coat care requirements and the breed is a low shedder.
Cirnechi are generally a healthy breed.
Members of the Cirneco Dell’Etna breed are thermophilic. Their natural habitat in Sicily is typically Mediterranean with hot summers as well as short mild winters. They love to play outdoors.