Segugio Italiano

The Segugio Italiano is a large, sleek scenthound from Italy, with either a wire or smooth coat. It forms part of the hound group.

Segugio Italiano Breed Group


Size of the Segugio Italiano

Medium to large. A tall, lean well-muscled dog.

Colour varieties of the Segugio Italiano

The breed comes in just 2 colours and markings:

  • Black & Tan
  • Tawny

Country of origin


Time of original development


The Segugio Italiano through history

The Segugio was originally used to flush wild boar, rather than hunt them. It is still found working today in Italy, and is used for tracking hares.

Segugio Italiano breed introduction and overview

The Segugio is a rarely seen dog in the UK, only making its first appearance here in 1989. It is also known as the Italian hound. The Segugio is a lean, well-muscled dog, and comes in 2 varieties, the coarse and the smooth coat.

Segugio Italiano temperament

The breed is generally placid, quiet and affectionate around the home. It mixes well with other dogs, rarely showing any signs of agression. They tend to enjoy the company of children, but may not appreciate too much boisterous behaviour and noise, so more suited to families with older children.

The Segugio Italiano may not tolerate cats, and exposure to any smaller pets should be avoided.

Size and weight of the Segugio Italiano

Height bitch 48-56cms

Height dog 52-59cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 20-23kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 20-23kgs

Exercise requirements of the Segugio Italiano

An energetic and athletic breed of dog that requires at least 2 hours of vigorous exercise daily off the lead. The Segugio is content to enjoy the rest of the day curled up and relaxing after its daily exercise routine. It is not suited to town or city life.

Is the Segugio Italiano a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. A fairly easy dog to train, as well as being intelligent and obedient.

Segugio Italiano coat length

Very short. The Segugio feels the cold in the colder months, so may require a coat to protect him from the elements.

Grooming requirements of the Segugio Italiano

Vey low. The short coat variety requires little grooming attention, but an occasional buff with a chamois leather or polish with a hound brush will add a lovely sheen to the coat. The wire coat variety requires a weekly brush with a soft slicker brush to remove dead hair and keep the coat matt and tangle free.

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


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

Health Issues in the Segugio Italiano

The Segugio Italiano is a healthy dog, with currently no known inherited health problems,

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 Segugio Italiano

A healthy Segugio Italiano should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-14 years.

Approximate Segugio Italiano pedigree puppy price

No current information is available as numbers of Segugio Italianos are still very low in the UK. In fact, not a single dog was registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Estimating how much a Segugio Italiano would need to be fed each day and estimated weekly cost

A bitch or dog weighing 20kgs requires 283gms of complete dry food daily. The weekly cost of feeding a 20kgs bitch or dog is around £7.00

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