Cirneco dell'Étna

Life expectancy

13 years

Age adult

16 months

Height (Shoulder height)

46 cm


10 kg

Coat texture

short-haired / smooth

Coat color

falb, milkcoffee, sand, white markings

Common illnesses

no diseases known for this breed

Food expenses per month in €

about € 33

Suitable for children

Rather yes

Needs a garden

Rather not

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather yes

First dog suitable

Rather not

Allergy friendly

Rather not


Very atletic


Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Low grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


quick and eager to learn / active / playful / clingy / likes hunting / stubborn

Bred for

hare hunt

Common illnesses

no diseases known for this breed

Dog type according to FCI

spitz and primitive types

FCI description

Many dogs of this group were kept as guard, hat, hunt, or sled dogs. They are considered to be very strong-willed and often less affectionate than other breeds. Many have a pronounced territorial consciousness and get along with same-sex conspecifics less well. They are often not easy to educate and only participate in things they consider useful.

So if you want a cuddly family dog that does every trick, you wont be happy here. Generally many of these dogs, like Chow Chow, Aktita and Co. are rather one-man dogs, i.e. related to one person and do not bind themselves to the whole family. Spitze in particular tend very much to loud utterances.

Short description

The feisty Cirneco dell'Étna is known to be very active, athletic and loves any kind of physical as well as mental exercise. He can be shy around strangers. He is a passionate hunter and very stubborn. A firm but soft training is recommended.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.