At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 40 - 62 lbs.

Height: 20" - 23"

Life Span: 12 - 13 years

Italian Segugio

Also know as: Italian Hound, Segugio, Segugio Italiano a Pelo Forte (Wirehaired Italian Hound), Segugio Italiano a Pelo Raso (Shorthaired Italian Hound)

Group: Hound

Origin: Italy (Ancient Times)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Hunting

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Special Needs
Exercise: 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: No special grooming requirements.


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