Cirneco of Etna

Other names: Sicilian Greyhound, Cirneco dell’Etna

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The Cirneco de l’Etna is a dog of the primitive type, of medium size, with a slender silhouette and of elegant and light construction.



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Hair type Short
Origin Italy
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 8 kg to 10 kg From 42 cm to 46 cm
Male From 10 kg to 12 kg From 46 cm to 50 cm
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History of the breed

The exact origins of   Cirneco of Etna   are debating. According to some sources, the breed originated in Sicily and the Etna region , while others believed it originated in ancient Egypt and arrived on the Mediterranean island aboard Phoenician ships. In any case, the presence of the Cirneco de l’Etna in Sicily dates from before our era, as evidenced by numerous objects including representations of the breed, including period coins.

Cirneco de l’Etna Pictures

Photo by Paco, Cirneco from Etna

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Physical features

His hair: fine, short and well laid against the body. Short on the head, ears and limbs.
Its color: either unicolour fawn, more or less intense or diluted, or two-tone fawn with white more or less extended on the head, the chest, the feet and the tip of the tail.
His head: long and narrow. The shape of the skull tends towards the oval and its upper axes are almost parallel to those of the muzzle. The superciliary arches are only very slightly protruding and the frontal furrow not very marked, as is the occipital protuberance. The stop is well accentuated. The nose is rather rectangular and voluminous, brown (light to dark) or flesh, depending on the color. The muzzle is pointed, the lips not thick and tight, the jaws well developed and articulated in scissors. The cheeks are flat.
Its ears: triangular in shape, ending in a narrow point, high set, quite close to each other, erect and facing forward.
His eyes: small, ocher to amber, passing through gray. Showing a gentle expression.
His body: writable in a square, slightly elongated conformation. The neck has the shape of a truncated cone, the top line straight and descending elegantly towards the croup. The withers are rather narrow and harmoniously attached to the neck, the back straight and muscular, but not too much. The kidney is firm, the croup quite flat, dry and robust, the ribs well sprung, the chest rather narrow, the belly dry and raised.
Its tail: thick from its root to its end, low set, carried in a saber when the dog is at rest and raised in a trumpet when it is active.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Cirneco of Etna   is a dog full of affection and gentleness . He is very attached to his master , to whom he likes to please and with whom he loves to work. His favorite field is obviously hunting , and more specifically wild rabbit hunting. His liveliness and tenacity allow him to excel with this type of game, especially since the Cirneco de l’Etna is very comfortable on a variety of terrains , even the most difficult.

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Deemed not very docile, the   Cirneco de l’Etna requires a good dose of firmness in his education . Nevertheless, it must exclude any form of brutality. It is about showing him what is expected of him, but without entering into a balance of power. An early and quality socialization , as well as a good learning of the recall make it possible to obtain a pleasant and hardworking dog.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Cirneco of Etna   needs maximum space and freedom of movement . As such, a house with a large fenced garden would suit him perfectly. He is able to adapt to city life if he enjoys enough daily activities, but he is above all a hunting dog and must therefore be able to move in the great outdoors fairly regularly.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Cirneco of Etna   is a rustic and rather resistant dog . There is no predisposition to a particular disease in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 5 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Cirneco de l’Etna is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Cirneco of Etna   is a dog of great ease of maintenance . Its short hair, even shaved in some places, combined with its small size make this task not very greedy in energy and time.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week to ensure the cleanliness of its skin and its beauty. Its hair, ears, eyes and pads should be examined after each outing in the wild to detect and remove any debris or external parasites.

His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
1500 €

The purchase price of a Cirneco de l’Etna is between 500 € and 1500 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 350
500 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Cirneco de l’Etna is between 350 € and 500 €.

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The Cirneco de l’Etna needs a quality diet , adapted to its level of physical activity, its size and its age. To avoid being overweight to which it may be subject, it is advisable to divide its food into 2 meals per day . It is necessary to adjust its daily ration upwards if it is used for hunting.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Cirneco of Etna   is a dog who needs to stay active on a daily basis . He cannot be satisfied with simple and short outings allowing him only to defecate. He must be able to run and exert himself, like any other hunting dog.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 5: Spitz-type and primitive-type dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1956


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