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Cirneco dell’Etna, it seems an greyhound, but it is not. But he is handsome and slender, agile and fast. A smart dog, belonging to the category of Spitz type and primitive type dogs. It is definitely an animal born to hunt, we will see that it does so differently from the greyhound, a sort of different twin. The particular the Cirneco dell’Etna in the past it was mainly used in hunting wild rabbit and hare.
Cirneco dell’Etna: origins
It's a primitive dog and Cirneco dell’Etna has very ancient origins, we must go back to 1000 BC. to discover the genesis of the breed. In fact, they are shrouded in mystery or, rather, there are various contrasting versions. There are those who have long argued that the Cirneco dell’Etna has as ancestors of the dogs in use at the time and in the lands of the Egyptian Pharaohs of the last dynasties together with other dogs equally imported to Sicily but from Phoenician traders.
In more recent times the theory that tells how the Cirneco dell’Etna instead it is most likely an indigenous Sicilian breed. With respect for the Pharaohs but they would not have contributed at all to the formation of this whole beautiful race made in Italy.
What is certain is that it is a very old breed and like othersprimitive dogs as theBasenji or thePharaon hound, even the Cirneco dell’Etna has undergone very few manipulations from that time to today over the centuries.
Cirneco dell’Etna: characteristics
Slender and slender, with long legs and upright ears, the Cirneco dell’Etna has a very toned and elegant body. It would seem that its muscle mass constitutes 80% of its body: to see it is not difficult to believe, especially if it is a well-kept specimen, well fed and used to moving like a hunting dog like this must do.
When I say it's nimble and fast, I mean it can even reach 40/45 km / h in the race, moreover it is good at suddenly changing direction with sprints and leaps while chasing a prey that does not have much escape. It is also equipped with sturdy fingers and bearings that make it unique in walking easily among volcanic rocks.
He also has a good nose, in fact unlike the greyhound he resembles, the Cirneco dell’Etna hunting relying on the sense of smell. The other uses sight. The difference between the two breeds is already stated and explicit in the fact that the same International Cynological Federation (F.C.I.), puts all the dogs belonging to the "greyhound" breed in the 10th group, while the Cirneco dell’Etna is in the 5th group, that of the primitive type breeds.
As for the size of this Sicilian dog, the male reaches a height of 46-50 cm at the withers and weighs 10-12 kg, the female remains 42 - 46 cm high at the withers and weighs a couple of kg less.
Cirneco dell’Etna Nero
There is also black, as well as white, as we will see, the Cirneco dell’Etna which has a coat usually of shades from golden sand to dark deer. White spots may be present, all over the body, without the dog being disowned by their standard. There are several examples that show them serenely, but there are rare cases in which the Cirneco dell’Etna is white-orange, like the english setter, or pure white. However, this is not an albino dog.
From the standard the most frequent colors are the more or less intense fawn, isabella and sand, with a white stripe on the forehead and chest, with white legs and white tip of the tail and belly. A rather curious and frequent peculiarity is the appearance of one star-shaped patch on the chest. This too, white.
Cirneco dell’Etna: character
Very intelligent and equally independent and solitary: al Cirneco dell’Etna he does not care much about the company, he is very suspicious of strangers but if you are his master, vi he becomes absolutely attached to it. He loves you uncontestedly. He always follows you with his eyes too, he loves knowing that you are close to him even if he doesn't show it.
Primitive Dog, he is rude and humoral, he has the likes and dislikes to the skin, without going too far to investigate. He sees and understands if a similar animal or a person are in feeling with him or not. This does not apply to the owner and family who enjoy his boundless esteem.
The Cirneco dell’Etna he is a dog that would give all of himself for his master, but be careful because he carries a grudge if treated badly. He does not easily forget a rude and does not like when he is scolded in a tone that he considers excessively harsh.
Cirneco dell’Etna: puppies
It starts, it must start from when it is a puppy, to educate to sociality Cirneco dell’Etna otherwise you run the risk of having a good and agile dog but a bit intractable. However, if we correctly keep him under control in his distrust from his first months, we can make him become a dog with a very helpful and joyful character. Also there distrust it could decrease, the one it shows towards people you just met.
Growing up, especially if male, the Cirneco dell’Etna it can be very aggressive with the dog of the same sex, in the period from two to four years of life, then it begins to calm down. Aggressive or not, it also depends a lot on the context in which he grows up: if he is the family one, where he is used to not being alone and sulky, then the risk is lower.
In general from an early age the Cirneco dell’Etna loves to be taken for a walk and to meet other dogs and people, but let's not let him free. He loves snooping but he wants to have himself under control, he wants to know that we are close, better not to let him turn at random, given his ... primitive character.
Cirneco dell’Etna: farms
Let's start from Sicily, the original land of ours Cirneco dell’Etna. On the island there are various farms including dell'Ovo in the province of Catania, Falco Rosso in the province of Trapani, and Gelso Bianco in the province of Catania. Always close to Catania also the Sicilian. In Lazio, in the province of Rome, there is the Cirneco dell’Etna breeding farm in Borgo di Pratica while in Emilia Romagna that of Valentino Del Red in the province of Reggio Emilia. We arrive in Lombardy where this breed is bred in Baia delle Sirene, in the Pavese area, and in Hadranensis, in Begamo.
Lombardy, province of Bergamo, municipality of Bergamo.
Cirneco dell’Etna: price
Each puppy of Cirneco dell’Etna it can have a price ranging from 400 to 600 euros and has 15 years of life ahead of it: This breed is very long-lived, the most fortunate and well-kept specimens even reach 20 years. Since it is not very easy to deal with this dog, it is more important to start on the right foot, I recommend that you have a discursive booklet that tells you better.
If you decide to become a master of Cirneco dell’Etna worth the money a few euros for this nimble book which ensures full harmony with the breed.