Cirneco dell’Etna Dog Breed

The first Cirneco dell’Etnas arrived in the United States with Italian immigrants.
By: PawCulture Editors
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About the Cirneco Delletna Dog Breed

The Cirneco dell’Etna originated in Sicily centuries ago as a small game hunter. The breed gained full recognition from the American Kennel Club in the Hound Group as of January 2015.

Cirneco Delletna Physical Characteristics

The medium-sized breed is slender in appearance but strong and hardy, with long limbs and upright ears.


The breed comes in shades of tan and chestnut.


The breed’s coat is short and sleek.

Cirneco Delletna Personality and Temperament

Activity Level



The Cirneco dell’Etna is friendly and affectionate with its people, making it a good family pet. Its short coat requires minimal grooming.

Things to Consider

The independent and strong-willed breed responds best to gentle training methods.

Cirneco Delletna Care

Ideal Living Conditions

With an independent disposition, the Cirneco dell’Etna is affectionate with its family.

Special Requirements

Intensely intelligent and curious, the breed needs regular, moderate physical exercise and mental stimulation.

Cirneco Delletna Health

This hardy dog has undergone little manipulation by breeders and has few inherited health problems.

Cirneco Delletna History and Background

The Cirneco dell’Etna has been present in Sicily for over 2,500 years and takes its name from the island’s Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. The breed has been used for centuries to hunt small game, particularly rabbit, based on scent, hearing and sight. The first Cirneco dell’Etnas arrived in the United States with Italian immigrants. U.S. enthusiasts started the first breed club in 1997.