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Cirneco Dell'Etna


Illustration of Cirneco Dell'Etna

The Cirneco (Churn-Echo) originated in Sicily and was a favoured hound for hunting rabbits in the area near Mount Etna. He is a natural hunter, a scent hound but he can also hunt by sight and has acute sense of hearing from his large mobile ears. He probably shares some of the ancestry of the Pharaoh hound and although the Cirneco is much smaller he shares the same elegant outline.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Hound Breed Group

Breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or by sight. The scent hounds include the Beagle and Bloodhound and the sight hounds such breeds as the Whippet and Greyhound. Many of them enjoy a significant amount of exercise and can be described as dignified, aloof but trustworthy companions.

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