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VetStreet.com: 14 Dog Breeds You've Never Heard Of (but Will Soon)

Cirneco dell'Etna

The rare Cirneco dell’Etna has a fascinating history: She's believed to have descended from dogs left behind by the Phoenicians along the coast of Sicily. Depictions of the breed appear on Sicilian coins minted as early as the 3rd century B.C. She's named for Sicily's Mount Etna, and silently hunted rabbits, hares and even birds in her native Italy. This dog is a spectacular jumper, so be prepared to install a high yard fence and watch what edibles you leave out on the counter — a short baby gate isn't going to keep this canine from traveling to where she wants to go. With her thin coat and bony body, the Cirneco isn't built to handle extremely cold weather; you'll also need to watch for muscle and toe injuries from running.

(Credit: SALLY ANNE THOMPSON, ANIMAL PHOTOGRAPHY)
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