The Cirneco dell Etna is a small breed of dog originally from Italian island of Sicily. This hound was historically used to hunt rabbits and can work for hours without food or water. The breed also has a keen sense of smell and is primarily built for endurance over harsh terrain such as that of Mount Etna. It is the smallest of the Mediterranean island hunting hounds, the others being the Pharaoh Hounds and Ibizan Hounds.

Today they are increasingly kept for conformation showing and as pets, due to their low coat maintenance and friendly nature, although as active hounds they do need regular exercise. A Cirneco should measure from 43 to 51 cm (17 to 20 in) and weigh between 10 and 12 kg (22 and 26 lb). As with other breeds, those from hunting stock can lie outside these ranges.

Source: Wikipedia

  • Affectionate, Friendly, Independent
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 183 of 193
  • Height: 18-19.5 inches (male), 16.5-18 inches (female)
  • Weight: 22-26 pounds (male), 17-22 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Group: Hound Group



Cirneco dell’Etna Club of America

The Cirneco dell’Etna Club of America (CdECA) had its beginning in Houston, TX on June 15, 1997. Lucia Prieto and Kay Durr, in a day long meeting, determined the requirements necessary to form an effective national parent club and began work on its establishment. That same day work began on the organization’s Constitution and Bylaws using the Pharaoh Hound Club of America as a guide. Joan Ayers-Cohen and Janis Butler, the only other known Cirneco owners, were contacted and acquiesced to join the organization and serve on the first Board. Through the efforts of member John Unger, CdECA has operated as a nonprofit corporation since the membership ratification of our Articles of Incorporation in October of 2004 and the issuance of the Certificate of Incorporation on February 11, 2005.

As President, Janis Butler, arranged for the first Specialty under the auspices of IABCA in Hodgenville, KY. This first National Specialty in 1998 included 12 of the 20 registered Cirnechi known to be in the USA at that time. This Specialty was also the occasion for CdECA’s first General Meeting with 9 members present.

One of the items on the agenda at that first General Meeting was the studbook. Kay Durr took on the project and began the official CdECA registry in June of 1998. A Federacion Internationale Cynologique pedigree was required to obtain inclusion and be assigned a CdECA registry number.Cirneco_dellEtna2015