Cirneco dell'Etna

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


Home of the Cirneco dell'Etna is Italy. It is known since 3000 years ago as an excellent hunter of rabbits. It is a rare breed, disseminated mainly in the area around Mount Etna, on the island of Sicily. Today, puppies for sale are almost impossible to find outside their homelands. The first accurate description of the breed was made by Giuseppe Galvani in 1848. Many scientists assume that this dog comes from Pharaonic dog. He is mainly used as a hunter of small game, especially rabbits. The official standard was written in 1939.

The right pronunciation is "cheer-NAY-ko" and Cirnechi (cheer-NAY- kee). The name first appeared in documents from 1533 in Sicily forbidding the use of "cernechi" for hunting.

Physical characteristics

The Cirneco dell'Etna has a slender and elegant body, with well defined muscles. The height of the dogs of this breed ranges from 40 to 46 cm and their weight - from 8 to 14 kg. The head is not large with an elongated snout, erect, large, triangular ears. The nose is large, the color is matching the coat color, and eyes are small, colored amber or ocher. The tail is wider at the base and in the end becomes pointed. The coat is short, clinging to the body and rough to the touch. Coloration is dark or light yellow-brown.

Character and behavior

The Cirneco is easy to train as long as you keep the sessions short. Hounds are sensitive to movement, so your puppy could chase small animals or cats. So it is better if you live in a house with a yard and a tall fence. Not only is the Cirneco a good jumper, but he is a digger too. You should keep his jumping skills in mind if you leave food on a counter or table. He will steal everything he could reach.

Like most puppies, the Cirneco dell'Etna can become destructive and noisy if he doesn’t have doesn’t receive attention from his family.

Sicilian Greyhounds are friendly and very loyal to their owners.

Training and education

Representatives of the breed have a highly developed sense of smell, which helps them in hunting. These are very intelligent but independent dogs who are not a good choice for people without experience. They are always on the lookout, but rarely show aggression.

The Cirneco dell'Etna is an intelligent breed, prone to dominance, which implies a necessary early socialization and diligence in training. Crude and aggressive methods in during upbringing will not be at all effective. Training should be based on firmness, respect and justice. Load yourself with patience and be persistent to train your puppy.

Health problems

There is no evidence of hereditary diseases to which the representatives of this breed are prone. The average life expectancy of these dogs is around 12-14 years.

Grooming and care

The apartments are not recommended for these dogs as they need more space and a lot of movement to spend the accumulated energy. The best option is an active family with some experience in growing dogs that will be able to socialize properly from an early age and educate the puppy patiently. The coat of the Sicilian greyhound needs only combing, but relatively rare.

This dog isn’t bred to withstand cold, so don’t be surprised if you find him under your covers in bed.

Children and other pets

These animals have an independent character, but get along fine with children and other pets, especially when they grew up together. They are usually vigilant to strangers, but do not show aggressive behavior.

Interesting facts

The Cirneco dell’Etna is a really rare breed and puppies for sale cannot be found outside Italy. There are only 200 hounds registered in the United States.

Although they are mostly companion dogs, Cirnechi are known for their silent hunting. Like most breeds, Cirneco dell'Etna doesn't like to be touched on the feet.