The Segugio Italiano is an ancient breed that dates back thousands of years. They were used by farmers to locate and hunt rabbits and hare. They were originally used in packs to hunt wild boar, though once the boar disappeared it’s attention turned to the hare. They have very keen noses which helps them track down potential prey. They are a fairly common sight in their home country of Italy, though a rare breed in other countries. They come in both smooth and wirehaired varietes. They are one of the most popular breeds in Italy. They are still mostly kept as working dogs.
Having spent years working alongside humans, this breed likes to be around people and is well suited to family life. They are laid back and chill indoors and get along well with children. They will bark when someone is at the door and in general make for a good watchdog. This being said, they are a very affectionate breed that seems to love everyone they meet. Because of their natural need to be around people, they can suffer from separation anxiety, they like to know what their owners are doing at all times.
They are a sensitive breed and don’t cope well with family arguments, they can always sense when there is some tension between people. Leaving them alone for short periods of time from a young age will help combat separation anxiety and will most likely save you from coming back to a destroyed living room after a long day at work. Crate training can also be useful as it will give them a safe place to be when you are out and about.
Training will need to start from a young age. They can be stubborn at times, but this is almost always due to the fact that the training is too repetitive and boring for them. They have a natural ability to learn and they cherish the time they get to spend with you whilst doing so. Using play, praise, positive reinforcement and treats will all help a lot. Never use harsh words as this is a very sensitive breed and it will only do more harm than good.
The Segugio Italiano has masses of energy and will need to burn this energy off every day. Long daily walks are a must. They have immense stamina and make for excellent jogging/running patterns. They will be more than happy to accompany you on a long hike. They have very sharp noses, akin to that of a bloodhound, and they can sometimes dash off in pursuit of a scent. Best walked in a secure area unless you are confident in their recall. They love running, but aren’t very roadsmart so be sure to only let them off lead somewhere safe to prevent any tragic accidents. Once walked, they will be happy and content within the home and will most likely curl up and go to sleep. They are best suited for living in the country.
Being such an old breed with so little human intervention means that this dog is not prone to any major health problems. Their coats require occasional brushing to remove dead hair.
The coat requires occasional brushing to remove dead hair and nails should be kept short.
Segugio Italianos have no known health problems.
- Status: Common
- Life Expectancy: 11 - 14 years
- Weight: 40 - 60 lbs
- Height: 19 - 23"
- Rare: No
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