Comes in both short-haired and wire-haired coats.
The Segugio Italiano is a hunting dog who is mostly used for hares, and is not interested in birds or other animals. It has a noble calm character. Good with people and other dogs but most be socialized at an early age. It also hunts in packs of Segugio's. When he is on a rabbits trail, he makes a funny excited and distinctive barking noise with a high pitched ba ba ba. These are wonderful dogs and very intelligent and affectionate. Good with children and other dogs. Makes a good watchdog. With intelligence comes a dog who needs to be mentally challenged. If not properly exercised and mentally stimulated they will become bored, destructive, may become barky and unhappy. They need to feel secure within their human pack with an owner who is calm, but firm, confident and consistent with the rules.
19-23 inches (48-58 cm.)
40-62 pounds (18-28 kg.)
Usually very healthy.
This breed will do ok in an apartments due to their calm character if sufficiently exercised. Do not let this dog off the leash in an unsafe area. If he spots a rabbit his hunting instincts may get the best of him as he takes off after it.
The Segugio Italiano needs plenty ofexercise. They need to be taken on a daily walk or jog. Segugio Italiano are very fast runners with great stamina and are good long distance runners, which makes for a great jogging companion. They love running on the plains and the woods. Will thrive if they are given the chance to use their hunting skills in tracking trials or hunting expeditions. They also enjoy swimming and retrieving. If they become restless or high strung it is a sure sign that the dog is not receiving enough mental and or physical exercise.
About 10-14 years.
Easy to groom, a weekly brushing to remove loose hair. Keep nails trimmed and check ears regularly.
The Segugio Italiano is quite common in Italy, where it originated. It was and still is used by Italian farmers for hunting rabbits. Since the people were poor in Italy, they needed a dog that was versatile in hunting because they could not afford to feed many dogs. The Segugio Italiano has a special way of hunting, it herds the hares and brings them to the hunter. The Italian word for "to follow" is seguire, and this is where the dog got it's name, it follows the hare, making big circles. It can stay on a hare's track for a long time, never giving up, and is also a good tracking dog with a very strong sense of smell.
FCI, KC, DRA