About Sicilian Hound Dogs
Sicilian Hound Dogs, also known as Cirneco of Etna, are a
very old breed. They date back to 1000 a.c. They are said to descend from the
Aegyptian Pharaos’ dogs from the late dynasties and from dogs imported into
Italy by Phoenician traders. But later studies have shown that they are quite
likely a native Sicilian breed. During the latest centuries they have been
applied for hunting wild rabbits. On the whole they are not common outside
Sicilian Hound Dogs are a medium-small sized dog of
elegant and slender shape with a short coat all over the body, although they
have quite thin muscles and build, they are steady and strong.
Sicilian Hound Dogs are considered more than a hunting
dog but also a good watchdog and a pleasant company dog. He could be classified
according to these three aptitudes: gentle and affectionate, his temperament is
particularly to be praised. He is a very reactive dog and can move easily on
harsh and difficult land of volcanic origin. He is easily trained thanks to his
temperament and his class.
During hunting his highly developed smelling is best
Notice: there are two similar breeds, the ‘Pharaon Hound’
and the ‘Podenco Ibicenco.
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