Cirneco dell'Etna

Also known as: Sicilian Greyhound, Sicilian Hound

Breed origin: Sicily near the mount Etna volcano, Italy
Original purpose: Hunting rabbits.

AKC recognized: No
AKC group: Foundation Stock Service

Size: Weight: males 22 to 26½ lbs; females 17½ to 22 lbs
Size: Height: males 18 to 20 inches; females 16½ to 19 inches
Color: Tan (can be darker or lighter shades or diluted) with or without white markings, white, or white with orange markings.

General characteristics/temperament: The Cirneco dell'Etna is small, hardy, active, curious, playful, vigilant, gentle, and affectionate. They loves to hunt and will typically try to chase cats and squirrels, thus require the protection of a secure fence. They are eager to please and love to be next to their owners all the time. Cirneco is pronounced "cheer-NAY-ko" and its plural is Cirnechi, pronounced "cheer-NAY-kee".

Good with cats? No

Energy/Activity Level: High

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Cirneco dell'Etna Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Cirneco dell'Etna Club of America Rescue

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