Dog breeds: Italian shorthaired hound

Dog breeds: Italian shorthaired hound

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Italy.
F.C.I classification: Group 6 - hounds and dogs by blood trail.

Introduced in Italy in very distant times, probably with Phoenician traders from ancient Egypt. In fact, this dog appears in many Egyptian depictions of the time of the Pharaohs. From the time of introduction in our peninsula it became very popular and still is today. It is a breed used a lot, especially for hunting on a wide variety of terrains.

General aspect

Mesomorphic conformation dog, strongly built. Its trunk lies in the square and has perfect symmetry and harmony as a whole. Discreet muscle dog with developed bone structure but with a dry appearance. Body with absence of fat.


He is a dog with a very expansive character and lively temperament. It has good stamina and good speed, making it one of the best hunting dogs in the world. It has admirable olfactory properties, confirmed by its ease in finding the track left by the game during a hunting trip. He has a very sweet look, a ringing and very pleasant voice. He loves to help the owner in hunting and loves to walk, run and explore in the woods, always alongside his inseparable owner. It is a very affectionate and obedient breed, perhaps it is these two qualities that have given the breed all the popularity it has today.

Italian shorthaired hound (website photo)

Italian shorthaired hound (website photo)

Italian shorthaired hound (photo


- males from 52 cm to 58 cm
- females from 48 cm to 56 cm
Weight: from 18 kg to 28 kg

Trunk: its length is equal to the height at the withers; the withers are not very high. The length of the side is slightly less than half the height at the withers and the width is approximately 1/3 of the height at the withers. His chest must go down almost to the elbow.
Head and muzzle: with divergent craniofacial axes and slightly convex profile. The width of the skull is less than half the total length of the head. The superciliary arches are poorly developed and the stop has approximately 140 degrees of accentuation. The length of the muzzle is equal to half the total length of the head. The lips are fine and thin.
Truffle: parallelepiped shaped; quite large and always black.
Teeth: complete in development and number and well aligned. The closure must be a pincer, even if a scissor type is also allowed.
Neck: with a slight arching at the top and is slightly convex. It must be 4/10 of the height at the withers.
Skin: well adherent to the body in all its parts; the pigment of the mucous membranes, nails and pads must be black.
Limbs: both hindquarters and forelegs must be in perpendicular position with good and always well proportioned bone structure. The height of the front limb up to the elbow is equal to half the height at the withers.
Shoulder: its length must be equal to 1/3 of the height at the withers. It must have an inclination of 45-55 degrees with respect to the horizontal plane.
Musculature: good development and evident. Total absence of fat.
Upper line: straight with a modest convexity to the lumbar region.
Tail: with high attachment, small at the root. Its tip reaches the hock.
Proportions: trunk length equal to the height at the withers; chest height equal to the height of the front limb; nasal barrel length equal to half the total length of the head.
Hair: of equal length throughout the body; always smooth and satin.
Allowed colors: uniform fawn, black and tan, tolerated white on the muzzle, skull, chest and metatarsals and metacarpals. Brown not allowed.
Most common defects: non-standard sizes, converging cranium-facial axes, concave nasal bridge, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, enognatism, anurism, non-standard colors, total depigmentation of the truffle, gazzuolo eye.

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