Cirneco Dell'Etna

Other name: Cirneco

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Life expectancy

The Cirneco Dell'Etna has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 17 and 19 in
Male Between 18 and 20 in

Adult weight

Female Between 18 and 24 lb
Male Between 22 and 29 lb
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More details about the Cirneco Dell'Etna

Cirneco Dell'Etna: Origins and history

The original sighthounds can be traced all the way back to ancient Egypt. From there, they spread across the Middle East and the Mediterranean and were developed into a range of varieties including the greyhound, the Ibizan Hound, and the Cirneco. For thousands of years, the Cirneco dell'Etna hunted rabbits and game in her native Sicily. Given her slight, delicate frame, many people underestimate this dog's physical ability. The Cirneco is strong, tough, and can work for hours on end without rest, water, or food.  However, by the 1930s the breed was almost extinct, until an Italian vet wrote a  passionate article about the dogs’ declining numbers. This was seen by a Sicilian aristocrat called Baroness Agata Castello, who then dedicated the next 20 years to saving this breed. The American Kennel Club recognised the Circeno in 2005.

FCI classification of the Cirneco Dell'Etna

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 7 : Primitive type - Hunting Dogs

Training a Cirneco Dell'Etna

She is powerful, nervous, very active, and independent, so not the easiest to educate. She needs an experienced master who will be firm and gentle.

Cirneco Dell'Etna: Purchase price

We do not have enough data to set an average price. Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £50 to £100 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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