Cerneco dell Etna

What is the origin of the Cerneco dell Etna?

Also known as the Sicilian Greyhound, the Cerneco’s origins can be found as far back as 2500 years ago. The Cerneco bears a close resemblance to the Pharaoh Hound. It is native to Italy and named after Sicily’s Mt. Etna which is an active volcano.

What does the Cerneco dell Etna look like?

The Cerneco is a naturally lean dog. Height is about 18-19 inches tall and weight, about 18-27 lbs. Ears stand straight and are pointed. Coat is short, thin and smooth. Brush weekly with a soft bristle brush.

What is the temperament of the Cerneco dell Etna?

The Cerneco is an affectionate family dog. As with all dogs, early training and socialization is advised using positive reinforcement. Short, frequent training periods are best. The Cerneco is an excellent watchdog. The Cerneco can get along with cats and other dogs, but their hunting instincts are tuned into chasing small animals and birds. The Cerneco requires a good amount of vigorous exercise and would be happy living with an active family. A yard or garden should have a secure, high fence as Cernecos are excellent jumpers.

What is the Cerneco dell Etna used for?

The Cerneco is a sighthound and can hunt small animals and birds in any weather and on most terrains. Today it is mainly a companion dog. Cernecos do well in sports including agility, lure coursing, rally and tracking.

Possible Health Issues

At present there are no known health problems.

Place of Origin = Italy
Group = Sighthound
Height = 18-19 inches
Weight = 18-27 lbs.
Trainability = High
Good with children = yes
Good with other pets = can get along with cats and other dogs, view small animals and birds as prey

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