Cirneco dell’Etna

Hound Group – AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS)

Photos courtesy of  North Star Kennels

The Cirneco dell’Etna is a slender sighthound most popular in Sicily for hunting rabbits, but its rare outside of Sicily.  It is an affectionate dog that resembles a miniature Pharaoh Hound.  The breed enjoys being with his family but can be reserved around other dogs.  They have a strong hunting drive and need to be leashed when walking.  If exercised in a yard a high fence will be necessary.

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Notes for owners
Free spirit
Sleek laying close to skin Minimal Great for small game hunting.  Not a cold weather dog.


Relevant Web Sites


AKC Breed Profile

Cirneco dell’Etna Club of America

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