Cirneco Dell'Etna

The Cirneco Dell’Etna is a striking medium sized dog that comes from Sicily and forms part of the hound group.

Cirneco Dell’Etna breed group


Size of the Cirneco Dell’Etna

Medium. The Cirneco is the smallest of the Mediterranean island hunting dogs.

Country of origin


Time of original development

The breed can be traced back at least 2,500 years.

The Cirneco Dell’Etna through history

The multi talented Cirneco, was unique in that it hunted by sight, scent and hearing. It was used for hunting rabbits in the surrounding areas of Mount Etna in Sicily.

Cirneco Dell’Etna breed introduction and overview

The Cirneco Dell’Etna is an elegant, lean, well-muscled dog with erect ears. It is similar looking to the Pharaoh Hound. The Cirneco is rarely seen in the UK with only 7 dogs registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Cirneco Dell’Etna temperament

The breed is generally placid and loving around the home, but has an aloof and independent temperament. It can be reserved with strangers. The Cirneco can adapt to children in the home, but early socialisation is essential. It may not tolerate cats, and smaller pets should be kept out of danger.

This breed is best suited to a owner with good knowledge of the breed.

The Cirneco has a very short coat, and noted for its cleanliness around the home. It is a good guard dog for the home.

Colour varieties of the Cirneco Dell’Etna

The breed comes in a variety of colours which include:

  • Isabella
  • Isabella With White Markings
  • Sand
  • Sand With White Markings
  • Tan
  • Tan & White Markings

Size and weight of the Cirneco Dell’Etna

Height bitch 42-46cms

Height dog 46-50cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 10-12kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 10-12kgs

Exercise requirements of the Cirneco Dell’Etna

An energetic and athletic breed that requires at least an hour of vigorous exercise daily off the lead. The Cirneco is a keen hunter, and liable to forget its recall on dog walks if distracted by a smell.

This dog needs access to plenty of secure, open spaces to exercise adequately. Cirneco’s have very good escape skills, so gardens should be secure.

Is the Cirneco Dell’Etna a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No. This dog is not suggested for a novice owner. The dog is difficult to train and can be stubborn and single-minded. It is best suited to an owner with experience of the breed.

Cirneco Dell’Etna coat length

Very short. The coat does not attract mud or hold water, making it a good all-weather dog.

Grooming requirements of the Cirneco Dell’Etna

Very low. The ultra short glossy coat requires virtually no grooming. A buff with a chamois leather will give the coat a glorious shine.

Ears need to be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infection.


No. This breed sheds hair steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Cirneco Dell’Etna

The Cirneco is a fairly healthy and hardy dog with no known health issues recorded in the breed at the present time.

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Cirneco Dell’Etna

A healthy Cirneco should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-14 years.

Approximate Cirneco Dell’Etna pedigree puppy price

No current information is available as the Cirneco is quite a rare breed with only 13 dogs registered with the Kennel Club during the whole year in 2013. Register your interest with established reputable breeders, so they can notify you when a litter is due. You may have to travel long distances to find your suitable puppy. There are generally 2-5 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much a Cirneco Dell’Etna would need to be fed each day

A bitch or dog weighing 10kgs requires 185gms of complete dry food daily.

The weekly cost of feeding a 10kgs bitch or dog is around £4.50

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the hound group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment