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Health and Fitness

The Cirneco dell’Etna Club in the UK takes the issue of the health of the breed very seriously and is monitoring reports from owners and other foreign breed clubs to establish any trends regarding breed health problems. At present the Cirneco dell’Etna Club considers there is no cause for concern regarding health issues in the Cirneco dell’Etna.


Most dogs enjoy a healthy life, living to around 13 to 15 years; older is not unusual. There is no supported veterinary evidence that there are any conditions affecting the Cirneco dell’Etna that either are, or are believed to be, of an hereditary nature.


Cirneco dell'Etna Breed Survey. 


To enable us to back up this evidence, we have now launched the breed health survey in conjunction with the UK Kennel Clubs breed health conservation strategy. The survey will allow us to get an accurate representation of the health of Cirnechi in the UK.

Health Survey Results Report 2021

The survey was conducted between the 5th August 2021 and the 20th November 2021. We had a fantastic response from Cirneco owners past and present for which we are very grateful. 


Our Breed Health Co-Ordinator for the Cirneco dell'Etna's in the UK is Caroline Hillyer


If you have any questions regarding breed health please contact Caroline on


In the breed’s homeland, the Italian Cirneco dell’Etna Breed Club and the Italian Kennel club strive to ensure that Show champions are fit for function and in Italy Cirnechi are run in field trials. Qualifying at one of these trials is a necessary criterion, together with 5 CCs in national and international shows in Italy, to gain the title of Italian Show Champion. Since January 2014, a working trial qualification is also obligatory to be awarded the FCI International Show Champion title.

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