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Segugio Italiano (Short/smooth coat) Mobile

Segugio Italiano

A medium-sized long-legged hound, the Segugio Italiano comes in two coat varieties, Smooth and Rough. Square in outline, and light in structure the Segugio has a long muzzle and lean build like a sighthound, but the large dropped ears and nose of a scent hound.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys walking an hour a day
  • Large dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Not a guard dog
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids

Key Facts

Lifespan: 10 – 14 years
Weight: 20 – 28kg
Height: 50-60cm tall for males, 48-58cm for females
Colours: All shades of fawn from deep fox red to very pale, and black and tan, some white markings may be seen on the face and chest
Size: Medium
Kennel Club Group: Hound (De-classified since 2020)


Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 5/5
Easy to train: 3/5
Tolerates being alone: 3/5
Likes other pets: 5/5
Energy level: 4/5
Grooming needs: 3/5
Shedding: 3/5


Gregarious and affectionate with those they know, the Segugio Italiano loves company, following a scent and being out all day. Despite being quite lightweight, they are formidable in a group against a larger potentially aggressive game. As a pet they will prefer company and are unlikely to tolerate being left for long by themselves. Expect hound style singing and howling at moments of excitement or frustration.

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Italy

The Segugio Italiano is an ancient Italian breed dating back thousands of years. Bred to hunt game including hare, rabbits and wild boar, they are tough dogs despite their small size and light build in comparison to other hounds.

It is thought their ancestry lies in Phoenician sighthounds and the scent hounds of the Celts, but there is very little written history on this breed. Their appearance certainly suggests this could be true. They are much lighter in build, much racier and longer in the leg than any other scent hound, but their working style ‘nose down, tail up and covering ground rapidly’ is all scent hound!

Did You Know?

While popular in its native Italy, the Segugio is so rare that there haven’t been any litters produced since 2007, and as a result in 2020 they were declassified by the Kennel Club in the UK.

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