The Cirneco dell'Etna or Hound of Etna It is a breed of dog native of Sicily, Italy. This type of small Hound is part of a set of dog breeds of the Mediterranean whose origin lies in Egypt, and among which is the Ibizan Hound. It's a dog adapted to difficult terrain, suitable for hunting rabbits and hares.
Various genetic studies in recent years have come to conclude that contrary to widespread belief that the hound is a type of primitive imported dog makes a 3000 the area of middle years, These dogs really are close genetic relationship with the rest of European hunting dogs and are not more “primitive” the majority of them.
The males measure between 46 and 50 cm., and weigh in 10 to 12 kg, and females measure between 42 and 46 cm., weighing of 8 to 10 kg. The head is elongated and narrow and sharp, pointed snout, with a very pronounced stop. The truffle is light brown, and eyes, small, they can be ocher clear, amber or grayscale. The ears, upright, they are triangular and pointed, and they are implanted high. The back is straight and long, and not too broad chest, with the poorly developed pectoral muscles, In contrast to the legs, strong, with a well-developed musculature. The tail, implemented low, is thick and uniform diameter. The mantle, roasted or toasted colour and white, It has a short, thick fur in mind, smooth, semilargo on the trunk and the tail and ears and legs.
Are representations of the Cirneco in Sicilian coin of the Vl century to the 3rd century BC, and it seems that you had in high regard, as evidenced by the fact that one of the coins found in the ancient Sicilian city of Segesta represent you with a Phoenician divinity with human factions.
Since then the characteristics of the breed have remained virtually unaltered, thanks largely to farmers, that preserved its purity raising it by its usefulness to hunt on the slopes of the Etna, lava solidified and hardly accessible.