This is a small hound that is relatively common along the appennine mountain range of Italy. This hound stands at most 48 centimetres to the withers and is found both with smooth and rough coats. It is mostly used for hunting hares, although it can occasionally hunt wild boar as well.
The Societa’ Italiana Pro Segugio gathered 1450 specimens of this dogs in the year 2,000 by scouring the Italian countryside and registered a total of 824 dogs as breed founders, thus guaranteeing ample genetic variability within the breed. The breed was eventually recognized by ENCI, the Italian kennel Club.
The standard is as follows
Of the utmost importance in the selection of this dog was its ability to hunt.