The Cirneco dell'Etna (pron: "cheer-nay-ko") is a small hound from Sicily. While it is found all over the Italian island, it is particularly in the area surrounding Mount Etna, an active volcano, where they are used for rabbit hunting on the rough volcanic terrain.
The Cirneco is an ancient breed that has changed very little for perhaps 3000 years. They undoubtedly share ancestry with the other similar breeds of the Old World, such as the Ibezan Hound and clearly the Pharaoh Hound, with which Cirnechi (the plural of Cirneco, pronounced "cheer-nay-kee") are frequently confused. Over the millennia, man has hardly altered them, and we really have to thank nature for giving the breed its ability to work for many hours in the heat with little food and water. Cirnechi are extremely hardy and free from inherited health problems. Loyal, friendly and very affectionate, they are attentive, keen to learn, and highly intelligent, though more than a little mischievous!
Anharbn website - Jill Morris, a UK based breeder of 'ancient' hounds - including Cirnechi
As Cirnechi remain a rare breed, finding a puppy will require patience. Be under no illusion that they are readily available, only a handful of pups are born each year.
We don't breed or source puppies directly through this site. We'd recommend that any prospecting Cirneco parents first contact any of the above breeders.
Others who may be able to provide you with a wonderful addition to your family in the shape of a Cirneco pup are Jennifer Holzke's Sambuca Show Dogs - in Tennessee USA, and Jonathan Lappin's Eindackel Kennel in Northern Ireland.
Crufts - "The World's Greatest Dog Show" next takes place every March at the Birmingham NEC (UK). There's always a Cirneco stand in the Hounds section of the ever growing Discover Dogs area. Check crufts.org.uk for official info about Crufts!
This domain was created late in March 2006, just after showing off Lorenzo in the Discover Dogs area at Crufts. I'd originally planned a portal for Cirneco lovers as there was no UK club at that time, fortunately, David Morris came to the rescue of UK Cirneco fans by starting the Cirneco dell'Etna Club. Now this site exists only as a potential showcase for our beautiful hound Lorenzo.