Arubian Cunucu

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Arubian Cunucu History

The Cirneco dell’Etna, also known as the Sicilian Sheepdog, is a herding and utility working breed of Italian origin. The Cirneco dâ€TMEtna is considered to have been brought to the Southern Italian island of Sicily from mainland Italy in the 11th century. The Cirneco dâ€TMEtna was recognized by the FCI in 1931. The origin of the name “Circeco-dell-Etna” is obscure. Some contend that the name comes from the Greek Κίρκη, (kírkē, meaning circle), and the name of the volcano Etna. Others suggest it may be derived from the French cercueil, meaning small cage. The Cirneco dâ€TMEtna is a medium-sized, stocky and strongly built dog. Its short coat is black and tan or fawn, with black and tan markings on the muzzle, cheeks, legs, and the tip of the tail. The Cirneco dâ€TMEtna was originally used to protect livestock from predators and was also used to herd sheep. It is still used as such, and also as a companion and guard dog.

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Arubian Cunucu Physical Characteristics

The Abruian Cunucu is a small, medium-to-large sized, short-haired breed of hunting dog that traditionally lived and hunted in the Abruzzo region of Italy. They are characterized by their double coats; the first being a dense, weatherproof outercoat and a softer, more insulating undercoat. The Abrusian Cunucu breed is highly intelligent, stubborn, and protective of their owners. They are extremely trainable if properly socialized at an early age.

Eye Colors

Blue, Hazel, Brown, Amber

Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Black, Brown, Red, Blue, Pied, Fawn

Height Range

Male Height Range: 16 – 20 inches

Female Height Range: 16 – 20 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 25 – 40 lbs

Female Weight Range: 25 – 40 lbs

Arubian Cunucu Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Arubian Cunucu Health Concerns

None Known, None Known

Arubian Cunucu Temperament and Behaviour

Arubian Cunucu dogs are gentle and loving by nature, making them great companions for families with children. They are also relatively easy to train and are known for being highly intelligent, which means they can quickly learn new tricks and commands. However, like all dogs, they need plenty of exercise and stimulation to stay happy and healthy, so a daily walk or play session is a must. Arubian Cunucu dogs are also known for being very loyal and protective of their owners, which can make them excellent watchdogs.

Arubian Cunucu Activity Requirements

The Arubian Cu-nu-cu is a medium-to-large, gentle, and playful dog. They are highly intelligent and respond well to training. This is a great choice for a high-energy family with lots of time to devote to their canine companion. The Arubian Cu-nu-cu is very active and energetic. They will need daily walks and a chance to run outside. They also love to play and should have time to play with their people. The Arubian Cu-nu-cu is great for an active family. They have a lot of energy and need to be kept busy. If you are looking for a great walking or jogging partner, this just might be the right dog for you.

Miles Per Day

10 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

2.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Arubian Cunucu is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Arubian Cunucu is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Arubian Cunucu is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Arubian Cunucu is part of the Unclassified group.

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