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)
Category: Companion Dog, Hunting
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.
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.