Cirneco dell'Etna

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Cirneco dell'Etna
Cirneco dell Etna 611.jpg
A male Cirneco dell'Etna
Common nicknames Cirneco
Origin Italy
Weight Male 10–12 kg (22–26 lb)
Female 8–10 kg (18–22 lb)
Height Male 46–52 cm (18–20 in)
Female 42–50 cm (17–20 in)
Coat Short on head. short to semi-long on body.
Colour Light sand, Isabella, light to dark tan.
Life span Over 12 Years
Classification / standards
FCI Group 5, Section 7 #199 standard
AKC Hound Group standard
KC (UK) Hound standard
UKC Sighthound and Pariah standard
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Cirneco dell'Etna (Italian pronunciation: [tʃirˈnɛko delˈlɛtna]; plural Cirnechi [tʃirˈnɛki]) is a small breed of dog originally from italian island of Sicily. This hound was historically used to hunt rabbits and can work for hours without food or water.[citation needed] The breed also has a keen sense of smell and is primarily built for endurance over harsh terrain such as that of Mount Etna. It is the smallest of the Mediterranean island hunting hounds, the others being the Pharaoh Hounds and Ibizan Hounds.

Today they are increasingly kept for conformation showing and as pets, due to their low coat maintenance and friendly nature, although as active hounds they do need regular exercise. A Cirneco should measure from 43-51 cm (17-20in) and weigh between 10–12 kg (22-26lb). As with other breeds, those from hunting stock can lie outside these ranges.

External links

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