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Hound of the Apennines: character and breeding

Hound of the Apennines: character and breeding


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Hound of the Apennines, known almost exclusively but definitely always as a dog specialized in hare hunting, al boar and other furred animals. It is a medium-sized breed, used very often by those who go hunting but not only. There are two varieties, short-haired and short-haired, which differ only in the length of the hair, but in terms of hound performance, they are equal and excellent.

Hound of the Apennines (Italian Lepraiolo)

The origins of the Hound of the Apennines are very ancient, in fact we find descriptions of this breed in some hunting treatises, if not in dog magazines or dedicated to the story of life in the countryside and in the mountains. For example, in a historical issue of the illustrated newspaper "La Caccia" dating back to 1882 the Hound of the Apennines it is mentioned as a breed present on our territory.

It has always been seen as a rustic, resistant and elegant dog, much loved both by those who live in the mountains and by those who fall in love with it. hunting enthusiast or less. Over the years he has distinguished himself as an animal of exceptional agility and vivacity, "all muscles and nerves", particularly faithful and obedient to his master who is his essential reference.

Thanks to its many fans, many not only today but also at the time, the Hound of the Apennines it has not remained in the Apennines but has spread throughout Italy and without undergoing major morphological changes over the years.

Short-haired Apennine Hound

The Hound of the Apennines short-haired is the one with a hair of no more than 2 cm, with a vitreous and dense texture, evenly distributed over the whole body except for some rough hair on the trunk, muzzle, limbs. These are exceptions which, if not evident, are not considered a defect. Let me now describe the general aspect of the Hound of the Apennines, we also consider that the same applies, hair apart, for the strong hair variety that will enter the scene shortly.

It is a medium-sized breed, at the withers the male measures at least 44 cm. The female 42, as for the weight, it varies from 10 to 18 kg. At first glance it is evident that this dog was born to be used in hare hunting. The physicist of the Hound of the Apennines it is made on purpose to excel on rugged hill and mountain terrain like those of which it originates: it stands out above all for its rapidity of action and fluency in its movements.
Its appearance is rustic but pleasant and harmonious, the trunk tends to be rectangular, supported by lean, agile and fine limbs, well turned by strong muscles.

The muzzle is square, ending with a nose which can be black, diluted black or brown, of medium size and obviously well opened nostrils. The jaws have a conical shape and the cheeks are lean, the eyes appear large and lively, they can be amber or more tending to dark brown, always intelligent and sweet. The ears have a fairly high set and rounded shape in the final, not particularly long as well as the tail which is always with short hair, in both varieties of Hound of the Apennines.

Strong-haired Apennine Hound

Keeping everything told for the good Short-haired Apennine Hound, let's imagine him with a coat about 5 cm long, maximum. To the touch it is rougher but still remains adherent to the body and let's forget curls or curls, weird grooming: it is and remains a serious hound, with dense and uniform undercoat very useful when turning in its mountain environments.

The only areas of the body where the Hound of the Apennines with strong hair it shows a short coat are the limbs, partially, and the head but on the other hand it becomes more dense and rough. As for the color, indeed, the colors, allowed by the standard, there is no distinction between short or strong hair, the same restrictions apply. We find the fawn in its different shades, black and tan, hare gray and carbonate. There may be white spots on the limbs, chest and neck, as a collar, or on the forehead and muzzle. Nice and also granted the white on the tip of the tail.

Apennine Hound: character

The Hound of the Apennines it is a dog that despite being used to action on the field, in nature, maintains a sociable disposition and is not ashamed to show affection for its owner. It specializes in hare hunting, but also for wild boar, so it must necessarily be a excellent and prudent barker.

He has a strong temperament but shows obedience, teams up with his master and is therefore an excellent hound as well as excellent finder and great pursuer.The Hound of the Apennines it is also known to hunt well both singly and in pairs, alwaysresistant and courageous, tenacious, quick and brilliant.

Apennine Hound: farms

The ENCI reports only one certified farm that holds this breed in Italy: strange given that there are numerous registered specimens. There are 200-300 subjects belonging to the race of Apennine Hound, about half short-haired. The breeding indicated on the site is located in Avellino, Campania, it is called Del Laceno and in addition to our Segugio it also has the Italian short-haired one.

Apennine Hound: price

To know the price of a puppy of Hound of the Apennines it is better to contact the breeding that ENCI recommends directly, also to find out more about the habits of the breed and to evaluate if it is the right dog for us. We take into account that hunting dogs have one need to move often and for a long time rather unstoppable.

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