This nimble hound can move over the difficult terrain formed by lava flows and go for hours in the heat without food or water.
They are a slender but muscular, medium-sized hound with a short, glossy coat and upright ears. They come in shades of brown with white patches, particularly on the chest.
They come from the Island of Etna and were bred to hunt rabbit. They are lively, intelligent and independent but also affectionate. They are particularly good at hunting, using sight and hearing as well as their sense of smell, and they enjoy physical sports like agility.
They generally get on well with people and other animals but their natural instinct is to chase, they need plenty of physical and mental exercise.
Their short coat is easy to maintain. They are a very hardy breed and not prone to any particular health problem.