26 Settembre 2015, Expo Internazionale di Siracusa...Perla Migliore di Razza
22 Agosto 2015 Raduno razze Italiane Modica...super risultati..!!!
June 8 2015, puppies were born from Orchidea dell'Ovo and Fiorino junior dell'Ovo
July 16, 2014, were born puppies from Pina and Piccolo.... beautiful!
26 Ottobre 2013 Expo Internazionale dello Stretto...il Piccolo BOB...!!!
September 12, 2013 .... puppies have a month ....
August 12, 2013 were born puppies from multi ch Diana and multi ch Fiorino dell'Ovo
October 2012, International dog show of strait of Sicily..Best in show braces and breeding groups...
September 2012...Aria puppies and their new families...
September 2, 2012..International dog show Palermo
August 4, 2012 Dog shows San Marino and Montenegro....3 new Champions...!!!!
July 1, 2012 National dog show Enna (Sicily)......super super Mariolà...!!!!
June 4, 2012...puppies are born from Aria and Pippo..!!!
May 19, 2012...World Dog Show.....Fiorino Veteran World Winner..!!
March 18, 2012 - International Dog show Ragusa, Special show for Cirnechi..
February 11-12, 2012 double International Dog Shows Arezzo...Super Fiorino..!!!
December 2011, the puppies and their new families...!!!
Octoer 16, 2011...puppies were born of Vispa and Desiderio........!!!!!
Octoer 6, 2011...puppies were born from Mariolà and Piccolo..!!
July 30, 2011 - National dog Show Regalbuto, Sicily, Fiorino BOB..!!!
July 2011....World dog Show Paris....!!
June 2011 ... our puppies and their new families ...!!
May 8, 2011, Special Show Cirneco dell'Etna in Catania..!!!
April 10 2011, National dog Sow Catania, Gloria Young Italian Champion...!!
March 26 and 27, 2011, Double International Dog Show Eboli .. great success ..!!!
March 2, 2011...puppies are born of Gemma and Pippo...
February 20, 2011...puppies were born of Donna Aga and Adernò...
February 13-14, 2011 International dog show Tuscany....
February 7 2011...puppies are born of Mariolà and Demos...!!
Jenuary 22 2011, International dog show Milan, Piccolo Young Italian Champion..
....2010....a year full of success and satisfaction...!!!
December 10 2010, International dog show Erba..Piccolo BIS Italian breeds..!!
October 9 and 10 2010 International dog Show of Sicily Strait.. BIS brace..!!
October 2010...from Russia....Colisto's Gloria dell'Ovo...!!!
October 1 and 2 2010 European Dog Show Slovenia....super super super..!!
..September 9 2010...our wedding....!
August 2010....Diana and Fiorino puppies and their new families...!!!
July 2010...new arrival in the family "dell'Ovo"....Abaccus...Podenco Ibicenco
June 6 2010..International exhibition Palermo...Fiorino BIS italian breeds.....!!!
May 28 2010...puppies were born of Diana and Fiorino....!!!!
May 22 and 23 International exhibitions Catanzaro and Rende..excellent results.!!
May 1-2 2010 International dog shows Orvieto and San Marino....Mariolà San Marino champion....!!
March 13 and 14 2010 International Exhibitions Reggio Emilia and Modena...
February 21 2010...Faruk e Verna del Gelso Bianco
February 13-14 2010 International dog shows Arezzo and Florence...great success...!!!
December 2009....Vispa and Faruk puppies and their new families...!!!!
October 11 2009, 45° National dog show Catania...!!
October 8 2009 ...World Dog Show 2009 Bratislava.....!!!!
October 6 2009...Vispa's puppies were born !!!!
July-5-2009 International Dog Show Palermo, Special Cirneco dell’Etna show
4° International Dog of San Marino in Orvieto.. Mariolà BOB…!!
June-13-2009 27° International dog show Orvieto, Special show for Cirneco dell’Etna
April-10-2009 .. Pupa’s pups are born Pupa!
March-29-2009, 42nd International Dog show of Eboli….. Mariola BOB!!
March-28-2009 National dog show Eboli, Mariola BOB and best in group 2…!
January 24 2009 Fiorino and Vespinja’s Cara Mia Iosono
Double Inter dog show Ljubljana and Tromostovje January 17-18 2009 Fiorino Inter Champ of Beauty!!!
57th International dog show Palermo November-23-2008 Mariolà Young Italian Champion….!
35° International dog show Messina October-26-2008 Fiorino BOB ....!
25° International International Dog Show Reggio Calabria October-25-2008 first BOB for Mariola ....!
Double dog shows city of Rende 14-15 June-2008 ... great successes….!
May-07-2008 ... .. the Gemma’s puppies are born ....!
Triple Dog shows in one weekend at Eboli February 16-17 2008 great success!
46th International Dog Show Foggia October 20-21 2007 Foggia Gemma BOB ....!
34th International Dog Show Messina September 30 2007 Fiammetta BOB .. ..!!
International Dog Show Ostuni September-23-2007, Gemma BOB
International Dog Show San Marino September-22-2003 Fiorino and Gemma Champions of San Marino...!
Double International Dog Show Orvieto and San Marino June 23-24 2007
22° International Dog Show Modica May 12-13 2007 , Gemma ... BOB!
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The Cirneco dell'Etna is a breed that has recently been classified as "primitive" and included in the Vth Group. Its specialisation is hunting wild rabbit.

The search

The search for scent is always meticulous, detailed, attentive and thoughtful. These characteristics are typical on the walls of volcanic rock. The search must be incisive and detailed, covering all the ground.


When the Cirneco becomes aware of the presence of wild rabbit, it leaps forward and follows the scent left by the rabbit on the ground. If it realises that the scent has disappeared, is less intense, or does not lead to game, it returns to its previous activity and starts searching again exploring the terrain. Otherwise as it follows the scent, if it realises that it will lead to game, it continues behaving in the same way with total commitment to following and interpreting rapidly the quality of the scent leading to the game. The dog becomes more expressive and the action increases in impetus as the distance between itself and the rabbit diminishes. When the rabbit is just ahead, the Cirneco occasionally barks shrilly, with increasing frequency, almost becoming furious when it thinks it has reached the hiding place or the right entrance to the warren the rabbit has entered. Here the Cirneco digs with its front paws, it sniffs, violently inhaling inside the hole, it snorts and the barking becomes louder, vibrant, howling, then at times quietly whining, full of anger and impotence as it persists in its attempt to dig. Its voice resumes, resonant and vibrant, indicating that the rabbit is moving inside the burrow.While exploring, the dog's gait changes from a trot to canter with a sprightly pace depending on the unevenness of the ground.

Now it is the ferret's turn, the dog must respect the ferret, it must stop digging, move aside and remain completely silent, perhaps lying down and curling up, seemingly indifferent, but in reality attentive to what is about to happen. Removing the dog is tolerated if it is particularly highly-strung.

During the hunt, when the Cirneco comes across a strong scent which leads it to a shelter away from the rabbit's temporary cover, be it in a bush or behind a stone, below a wall, on the edge of a bramble, under a few stones, or any other place which is not underground, the dog's behaviour is the same as described above when the rabbit is just ahead of it, before reaching the temporary cover.

In thick impenetrable bushes, the Cirneco bites and tears the branches and thorn bushes in order to reach the rabbit, showing courage and determination.

Should the Cirneco suddenly come across game in its seat, it will flush the rabbit, making it flee.

In this sort of situation, some dogs show pointing behaviour of varying degrees. The judge must give great importance to this behaviour.

At the rabbit's fresh cover, after the rabbit has crept away, a short hesitation is permitted, without insisting or giving tongue. However, the dog must pick up the scent and follow it rapidly, keeping close to the trial.

If the rabbit has been flushed out in one of the previously described situations and has reached cover or the entrance to a burrow of some sort which is extremely secure, then the dog must start off again, pick up the scent and track it without any hesitation, distraction or errors, until it reaches the rabbits's new cover. This is the only time when the Cirneco works like a scent hound, and it is an essential and desirable characteristic on volcanic rock, in bushes and on open ground.


The Cirneco dell'Etna pricks its ears up immediately when it perceives the presence of game during the hunt. The dog's muscles contract becoming evident, at the same time it lowers its tail which almost becomes horizontal wagging laterally with frenetic impetus.

The style is a harmonious fusion of physical, pschychological and physiological qualities; consequently the tone of the voice, as well as the elegance and typicality of the gait, contribute to the assessment of the salient characteristics of the breed.

Criteria for assessment

The retrieve is not a specific characteristic of the breed. Some dogs perform it perfectly, some collect game from a great distance, an action which is held in great consideration. Most dogs mouth the rabbit to release tension. Each of these behaviours is correct and is not decisive for assessment, but is a point of merit.The Cirneco carries its head in the manner of a dog searching for ground scent, that is with its foreface not far off the ground. The tail is held in a wide arch over its back, sometimes it straightens out and indicates with violent wagging the various stages of the hunt. The ears alternate between being completely erect when it suspects the presence of game and slightly laid back against the head while on the move but not alert to prey. The ears must never be relaxed.

Regulation of hunting tests

  1. Trials are carried out exclusively on wild game (rabbits) and are divided into: a) trials shooting over game b) trials without guns The Italian Work Championship requires 2 CACs in either of the two types of trial, or one CAC in each type.
  2. Cirnechi registered in the LOI book or LIR book may be entered for the trials.
  3. Trials for unregistered dogs may be held at the same time as the official trials but without awarding the CAC.
  4. The organisers may decide to programme trials where the dogs work individually or in a brace, as long as in the latter case, the judge's assessment, and consequently its placing, is expressed individually for each dog in the brace. The order of running shall be decided by draw.
  5. The turn will last for a minimum time of 20 minutes to a maximum of half an hour.
  6. The trials may be judged by a single judge or by a multiple jury. The judge may require the help of an assistant, after approval by the organising committee. In trials shooting over game, the judge may be the gun himself or be accompanied by an official shooter.
  7. Dogs that do not make a tenacious effort in their work; that hesitate on a scent trail; that are distracted and do not cover the ground designated for their turn within the first 5 minutes, will be eliminated from the trial.
  8. The highest award will be given to a dog which has demonstrated work which is perfectly in line with the work standard, as long as this work is performed in the most fluid and spontaneous way with relative speed.
  9. The highest award will not be given, even though the various stages of work are in line with the desired behaviour, to a dog which does not give tongue on fresh scent near the rabbit's temporary shelter; a dog that does not give tongue at the rabbit's temporary cover; a dog that on reaching the entrance to the burrow does not demonstrate zeal and pertinacity; a dog that has indicated the temporary cover but it was not possible to verify the flushing out of the rabbit by using the ferret; a dog that abandons a scent trail to pick up another even if afterwards it returns to the first and concludes positively; a dog that is not able to pick up the scent of the rabbit that has left its cover and where it was possible to see it or sense its hiding place; a dog that continually hunts out of range of its handler and shows no contact or does not respond to the recall; a dog that gives tongue unnecessarily and insistently during the search.
  10. In each case the judge will assess to what extent the standard was not adhered to and will award by degrees a lower qualification, also taking into the utmost consideration the intelligence, intensity of the action, method of search, resistance to fatigue, courage in facing obstacles, autonomy in contact, instinct for game, pace.
  11. Faults and errors which always cause the elimination of a dog: a) Lack of drive b) Ignoring game that spontaneously appears in front of the judge, the handler, or on the dog's ground, or for any other reason. c) Not able to pick up the scent of game seen by the judge d) Flush out game by chance which had not been duly detected e) Give tongue insistently during the various stages of the search f) Hesitate from the start of the turn on a scent trail for more than 5 minutes and go back several times to the same trial without coming to any conclusion. g) Gun or game shyness.
  12. Reference should be made to the General Rules for Canine Events and Work Trials authorised by ENCI for anything else that is outside the specific criteria of the work trials for Cirnechi and comes under the General Rules which govern "Canine Events".
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