Country of OriginItaly
Nicknames and Other NamesItalian Hound
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupHound Group
Bred ForHunting by using scent
Recognized ByAKC, FCI, KC
Life Span11-13 years
Ideal Weight40-60 pounds (male and female)
Ideal Height19-23 inches (male and female)
Fur TypeShort, dense
Common ColorsTawny
AvailabilityRarely available
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToBracco Italiano

The Segugio Italiano is a calm, intelligent and gentle breed that was bred for hunting and now makes an excellent pet. They are extremely affectionate around people they like.

The Segugio Italiano has a great sense of smell and tends to respond very well to a strong leader who teaches them with praise and reward.

Origin & History Of Segugio Italiano

The Segugio Italiano also called the SEGIT (pronounced as- see get) is an ancient dog breed who was adopted by the Romans and they moved to Italy which were specially bred for hunting.

The demand for this breed decreased by the nineteenth century and they became quite rare.

They are not much popular in their native country but their popularity has spread far beyond the borders. They have earned fame among other neighbor countries and today they are considered as one of the ten most popular breeds in their homeland.

Are They Child-Friendly?

The Segugio Italiano gets along well with children, especially with the ones who know how to approach dogs. If well socialized early from their puppy age they tend to be best friends for life. However, as with all other breeds, they need to be supervised with kids.

Temperament, Personality, And Behavior

The temperaments of Segugio Italiano is kind, gentle, and adaptable and makes an excellent family companion. They need a certain amount of independence and is not clingy. But they do need a company of a family member or other dogs home.

Segugio Italiano Dogs Are Very Playful
Segugio Italiano Dog in a field.
Image Via Doglearn

The Segugio Italiano is very alert and makes good watchdogs but they are not an excessive barker. They will bark if they found something suspicious, but they are not aggressive and is no danger to your guest.

The Personality of Segugio Italiano is active and bold, they are quite alert and seems to be wary around strangers. If not cared for or left alone for a long time, they tend to be boredom and end up with various behavior problems.


Training a Segugio Italiano can be a little challenging, as they might turn to be stubborn when it comes to training. They are intelligent and eager to please dogs, therefore, if they find a consistent trainer who can give them firm guidance and able to establish a strong pack leader and give them obedience training.

They tend to be bored or restless; in that condition teach them”silent” command which can be a very useful part of training a young Segugio.


Facts about Segugio Italiano:

  • They were added to foundation stock on July 2018.
  • Segugio Italiano stands for Italian Hound.
  • The plural form of Segugio Italiano is Sugegi Italiano or Sugegi Italiani.
  • They have a Roman nose.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesBloat, Obesity, Hip Dysplasia,
Patellar Luxation, Cataracts
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Distemper, Canine Parvovirus,
Canine Parainfluenza, Canine Coronavirus,
Leptospirosis, Kennel Cough
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingAverage Drooler
GroomingEffortless and Minimal Grooming
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 27%
Fat: 10%
Fish Oil
Digestive Enzymes

Segugio Italiano suffers from some hereditary health disorders, such as:

  • Hip Dysplasia: It occurs when their joints don’t develop in the right position.
  • Cataracts: An eye disease that can cause blindness in dogs.


The Segugio Italiano is four color patterns:

  • Orange
  • Orange & White
  • White & Chestnut
  • White & Amber


Segugio Italiano Puppies Are Very Affectionate
A Picture of cute Segugio Italiano Puppies Image Via AKC

The Segugio Italiano gives birth 4-6 puppies at a time. The puppy requires early training and socialization for a well-tempered, obedient adult Segugio Italiano.

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