Recognized: FCI, KC (GB)
Height: Dog: 21-23 in (53-58.5cm) Bitch: 19-22 in (48-56cm)
Weight: 39-62 lb (17.5-28kg)
Coat: Dense, glossy, and smooth; or coarse on head, ears, body, legs, and tail
Color: Various shades of red, fawn, or black and tan
|The Italian Segugio comes in two coat types, shorthaired
and coarse-haired. The origins of this ancient
Italian hunting dog trace back to the coursing dogs
of ancient Egypt and it still has something of the
Greyhound in its appearance. As well as having keen
eyesight, it is blessed with an exceptional sense of
smell, and was used against a wide variety of game.
Today it is used mainly to hunt hare. The Segugio
will remain bravely within firing distance once it
has found its quarry.
It can cope with most types of terrain, and is a
natural hunter, but it should be trained in its working
role during its early months. It is generally good
natured, if a little strong willed, and can be kept as
a companion dog. It needs plenty of exercise, but its
coat needs little attention apart from regular brushing.