The Cirneco dell’Etna (pronounced "cheer-nec-ko") is a small hound that has an elegant, refined appearance yet is sturdy and able to hunt for hours in harsh terrain without food or water. The coat is short and sleek and comes in shades of tan or chestnut. Some white is permissible. The ears are set high and are erect.
The Cirneco dell"Etna has been documented in Sicily for over 2,500 years. They are related to Pharoh Hounds but are smaller. The Cirneco was used as a stealth hunter of rabbits, birds and other small mammals found in the difficult terrain formed by the volcanic lava of Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. The breed has very little intervention in selection by man. Instead, the harsh conditions of hunting for hours in high heat have ensured only the hardiest of the breed have survived. Only about 200 Cirnechi (plural) live in the U.S. and so are considered to be rare.
The Cirneco dell"Etna is an intelligent, lively and independent breed, but they are affectionate and friendly making an ideal family pet.
Breed Club Links: Cirneco dell"Etna Club of America
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Photo courtesy of Giorgio Minguzzi.