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Italian Segugio

Size: Medium

Weight: 40 - 62 lbs.

Height: 20" - 23"

Life Span: 12 - 13 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: Italy (Ancient Times)

Also Known As: Italian Hound, Segugio, Segugio Italiano a Pelo Forte (Wirehaired Italian Hound), Segugio Italiano a Pelo Raso (Shorthaired Italian Hound)

Group: Scenthound

Category: Companion Dog, Hunting

Exercise Needs

Due to its hunting nature, the Italian Segugio requires moderate to high levels of exercise. Long daily walks, runs or play sessions. Hunting activities are a plus.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.


Sociable and energetic. Some dogs of this breed may have a streak of stubbornness, but this can be reduced through proper training. The Italian Hound is always ready for a hunt and has a high endurance - many will put in a 12-hour day of hunting and may still be ready for more.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.


The Italian Hound is an ancient breed that is a mix between scenthounds and sighthounds. It is suspected that the breed may have originated by crossing Egyptian coursing dogs with Mastiff bloodlines to add bulk.