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Cirneco dell'Etna vs Pharaoh Hound, Basenji and Podenco Ibicenco

pricked eared Egyptian dogs

Ancient dog breeds

It is a known fact dogs were one of the first animals domesticated by man. 18 000 years ago, these amazing creatures of nature became not only friends, but also faithful assistants.
The domestication of dogs and the development of different breeds started when the animals got along with people. Tradition of man (hunting, movement in harsh conditions as snow, ...), climate and natural habitat influenced the formation of breeds. Gradually dogs became companions and settled together with their owners on all continents except Antarctica. Derived of domesticated wolfs they formed the ancient native breeds.

Original, faultless appearance, intelligent designed anatomy and accurate and easy movements, perfect coordination are the main features of the antique breeds of dogs, always leading up to the admiration of the people now.

Primitive aboriginal and prick eared Egyptian dogs

Among the many oldest breeds of dogs we would like to highlight a special group. This are breeds whose appearance reminds us the prick eared Egyptian dogs whose images can be seen on ancient frescoes. It is in the mythology of antique Egypt the God Anubis (patron of the dead) often depicted as a wild dog Sub, living in the desert. Another well-known image of this deity is a man with a dog's head.

Looking at these dogs as Cirneco dell'Etna, Basenji, Pharaoh Hound, Podenco Ibicenco (Ibizan Hound) it is impossible not to admire their perfect, natural beauty and grace. Everyone who had a chance to meet one of these primitive breeds, recalls images of sacred animals, which was worshipped by the ancient Egyptians. And still many people asking themself where these dogs came from, answer "They came to us from heaven."

prick eared Egyptian dog
Primitive aboriginal dogs are not only beautiful but also hardy. They have better health than artificially created breeds, they adapted to harsh conditions. For example, the Cirneco Dell'etna living more than two and a half thousand years in Sicily, maximally adapted to survive and has no physical defect and they are distinguished of other breeds by their long lifespan and forever youth. Another important quality primitive dogs have is their high intelligence and sharp mind. These serious, thoughtful animals can become ideal companions and true friends.

Cirneco dell'Etna vs Pharaoh Hound, Basenji and Podenco Ibicenco

Some of the differences between antique dog breeds of the primitive type are highlighted by the example of their brightest representatives:

ancient dog breed cirneco dell'etna

Cirneco dell'Etna (Sicilian dog)

Origin and homeland:
Derived of the Ethiopian wolf (Canis Sinensis), further developed on the island of Sicily, near mount Etna.

Dog of very exotic view. They look like creatures from another planet!
From the standard of the breed "Dog of elegant and slendershapes, medium size, not cumbersome, robust and strong. Of morphologicalconformation in slightly longish lines, of light construction; his bodyfits into a square."
Particularity of the breed: beautiful big ears, long sharp muzzle, color of the nose, lips and nails never can be black- It has nude or lever color.

Cirneco Dell'Etna vs Pharaoh Hound
Their appearance differs of the Pharaoh hound by size, ears, muzzle and anatomy. Cirnechi are smaller, robust, they have a higher placed earset, more pointed muzzle and compact body.
These 'Sicilian dogs' are more elegant than the Pharaohs.
Pharaoh Hounds and Cirnechi are unique breeds who blush when they are happy or excited. Their ears and nose become reddish. They are also able to "smile".

Strong, lively, gentle, loyal and affectionate. Suitable for training (agility,fly-ball, lure coursing). Very friendly to children.

Color and size
Fawn (more or less intense), fawn with more or less extensive white.
Size — from 42 to 52 cm.
Weight — from 8 to 12 kg.

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antique dog breed basenji


Homeland of this breed

This beautiful dog perfectly manifest themselves at exhibitions. Basenji are suitable for training (agility, lure coursing).
This is a great companion for active people.
Basenji are famous for the fact they don't bark but emit peculiar sounds, like a rumbling or howling.

Marina Sergeeva, dog trainer, specialist in dog's behavior, owner of both breeds, basenji and cirneco:
"Basenji are very tough and independent dogs, difficult to educate. Certainly not for beginners. They are often aggressive towards other dogs, do not trust unknown people (and sometimes even owners). Often owners are bitten or snapped (if they touch a sleeping dog, for example...). Basenji are famous for escaping. Very brave, easy to adapt to new conditions. Very intelligent.
Highly active. They need a lot of active walking to weaken the tendency to escape and to prevent destructive behavior at home (furniture, walls,... ) ..
If you have found the answer to deal with a basenji's temperament and behavior, they will be your best friend! These dogs don't have a particular smell, and they cannot bark, instead produce a different howling sound. They are fascinating and famous for their howling."

Basenji vs Cirneco dell'Etna
Marina Sergeeva:
"These 2 breeds are so different! As if to compaire a cactus with chamomile!
Basenji does not trust or need people, a Cirneco loves everybody.
Basenji is a tough breed - Cirnechi are tender and affectionate. Cirnechi have a will to please.
The hunting instinct of basenji (and, in general, all its wild instincts as a primitive dog) is more developed than that of the Cirneco. In general it is difficult to deal with basenji. The biggest problems in behaviour it their wish to escape (that's why many basenji die because they get hit by a car) and agression towards other dogs.
A Cirneco is human oriented. Basenji are independent.
Both dogs have in common their lack of a 'dogs coat smell'. Both dogs accept only positive training methods."

Color and size
Chestnut red, pure black tricolor or brindle.
Size: from 40 to 43 cm.
Weight from 9.5 to 11 kg.

Photos Cirneco dell'Etna vs Basenji
Thanks to Marina Sergeeva for photos! Click on the photos.

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Pharaoh Hound

Homeland of this breed

Pharaoh hounds are muscular, elegant dogs, they are well balanced with alert expression.
Their general appearance is one of grace, power and speed. Noble bearing.

Independent nature and pronounced hunting instinct by both scent and sight.
Despite some stubbornness in the character of the Pharaohs are medium trainable, reserved towards strangers, very affectionate and friendly to the owner. Pharaoh hounds are more keen hunters then Cirneco Dell' Etna.

Color and size
Ranging from tan-rich, tan-chestnut with white markings.
White tip on tail strongly desired.
Size: from 53 to 63.5 cm.
Weight: 18 to 30 kg.

ancient dog breed Podenco Ibicenco Ibizan Hound

Cirneco dell'Etna vs Podenco Ibicenco Ibizan Hound

Podenco Ibicenco (Ibizan hound)

The Podenco Ibicenco is maybe the most famous of all podenco's, related Podenco's are Podenco Canario, Podenco Portuguese, Podenco Andaluz.

Homeland of this breed
Ibiza (Balearic islands Spain).

The Ibizan Hound is an elegant and agile breed with an athletic and attractive outline and a ground covering, springy trot.

Ibizan Hounds are intelligent, active, and engaging by nature. These dogs are sweet, but they are very stubborn and independent. Podenco Ibicenco are able to jump incredible heights from a standstill. They have very strong prey-drive, cannot be trusted off leash. They are escapologists.

Color and size
Combination of red and white.
They come in both smooth and wire coated varieties.
Size: 56-74 cm.
Weight: 20-29 kg.

On the photo Cirneco dell'Etna (left) vs Podenco Ibicenco (right).

Author Diana Elisova,
Cirneco dell'Etna breeder, Owner of the kennel Cyrenensis
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