Piccolo Segugio dell'Appennino
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The Società Italiana Pro Segugio (Italian Association for Scenthounds) gathered 1450 specimens of this dogs in the year 2000 by scouring the Italian countryside and registered a total of 824 dogs as breed founders, thus guaranteeing ample genetic variability within the breed. Most dog breeds are derived by a very small number of founders (for example just 9 dogs were used as founders during the creation of the Siberian Husky) and therefore inbreeding tends to be high, resulting in a high incidence of illness due to gene mutations. The breed was eventually recognized by ENCI, the Italian kennel Club.
The standard is as follows
- Small hound, a specialist for hunting hare.
- Height at withers: males 42–46 cm. Females 40–44 cm
- Mesocephalic head, whose length is 4,5/10 of the dogs height at the withers. The skull is a little longer than the muzzle, with the top being slightly convex
- The trunk can be inscribed in a rectangle
- The croup is angled at most 25°.
- Rough or smooth coat which can be brown, black and tan or grey
- Triangular ears with a large base, the ears have a rounded point.
Of the utmost importance in the selection of this dog was its ability to hunt.
Others Segugio dell'Appennino's varieties
In the Lombardy and Piedmont regions, a variant of these dogs is known as "ciaplen" amongst local hunters and has almost mythical status due to its intelligence and ability on the hunt. The others official varieties are:
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