Cirneco dell Etna


A small to medium sized Cirneco dell Etna
Cirneco dell Etna Quick Summary
Also Known AsSicilian Greyhound
Height (at withers)16-19in (40-48cm)
Weight17-27lbs (8-12kg)
Hair Colour(s)Tan
Lifespan12-16 years
Energy LevelHigh
Litter size2-5
Barking TendencyLow
Exercise requirementsHigh
Ease of trainingHigh
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftLow

The Cirneco dell Etna (plural Cirnechi) is a small to medium sized dog resembling a small Pharaoh hound. The body is lightly built with a straight topline, straight legs and a low-set tail. The elegant head has a long pointed muzzle, high-set triangular ears and small eyes. Rather uniquely, this breed can blush when excited. The coat is very short and sleek, and the colouring tends to be tan, sometimes with white markings.


Cirnechi dell Etna are gentle, even tempered and loving dogs. These friendly dogs bond closely with owners and so make fine companions as well as family pets, especially for the more active people out there. These are quiet dogs that are not prone to excessive barking, and they are alert, intelligent and easier to train than many other hounds. As a result they can be suited to novice and experienced dog owners alike. Cirnechi dell Etna are not aggressive and tend to get along with older, more considerate children but will not tolerate pets such as rodents or birds, as they will see them as prey. They are usually friendly around strangers and so don't make effective watchdogs.

History & Skills

Cirnechi dell Etna originate from Sicily, and are an ancient breed that appear on coins from the area from between the fifth and third centuries BC. They are commonly found in the areas surrounding Mount Etna, an active volcano, and have undergone little manipulation by mankind. These dogs are fairly rare outside the island.

Breed Specific Ailments

Cirnechi dell Etna tend to live between 12-16 years. This is a hardy breed that has had little interference from man, instead with nature itself performing the selection process for their ability to work for long hours.


Cirnechi dell Etna are low shedders and so may be suited to those suffering with allergies. Their grooming requirements are low too and their short and sleek coats will simply need occasional brushing to remove dead hair.

Exercise & Environment

Cirnechi dell Etna tend to live indoors and can be suitable for small homes such as apartments. These are agile and very active dogs that can play all day, and they will need a long daily walk plus access to an outside area for play.


FCIFCI - Federation Cynologique Internationale
KCThe Kennel Club (UK)
AKCAKC - American Kennel Club

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