Cirnechi dell'Etna, a beautiful and rare breed of dog from Sicily, is one that not many people know about. It is a cross between the Sicilian Hound and the smaller Lapdog and one of Europe's smallest hunting dogs.
Cirnechi dell'Etna are known for their short, dense coat, often white or red and tan. They have a muscular build and a very distinct head shape, one of the breed's most defining characteristics.
Cirnechi dell'Etna requires a lot of daily activity and running to help keep their lean, fit physiques. To burn off all their energy, they need multi-hour-long walks or vigorous games several times weekly.
Cirnechi dell'Etna are intelligent, loyal, and brave. This breed is fiercely devoted and loyal to its owners, able to detect and display a deep emotional bond with them.
These dogs bark alerts with a high-pitch or loud hounding noise. They cannot easily be trained to quiet and will be vocal when strangers or other animals are nearby.
Cirnechi dell'Etna is a highly sensitive breed that reacts strongly to vocal tones and body language and prefers slow consistent training.
Cirnechi dell'Etna has an independent, bold nature, often taking charge in unknown or uncomfortable situations.
Cirnechi dell'Etna have a strong pastoral instinct, often accompanying their owners in outdoor activities and watching for potential dangers.
The Cirnechi dell'Etna's ears may drop as the dog matures and, as a result, will need to be trimmed even when it is not shedding.
These dogs are relatively clean and are not very smelly, but they may need occasional baths to keep their coats in good condition.
Cirnechi dell'Etna have a life expectancy of 12-15 years, with few known health issues.