The Cirneco dell’Etna Club in the UK takes the issue of the health of the breed very seriously and is monitoring reports from owners and other foreign breed clubs to establish any trends regarding breed health problems. At present the Cirneco dell’Etna Club considers there is no cause for concern regarding health issues in the Cirneco dell’Etna.
Most dogs enjoy a healthy life, living up to between 13 to 15 years; older is not unusual. There is no supported veterinary evidence that there are any conditions affecting the Cirneco dell’Etna that either are, or are believed to be, of an hereditary nature.
In the breed’s homeland, the Italian Cirneco dell’Etna Breed Club and the Italian Kennel club strive to ensure that Show champions are fit for function and in Italy Cirnechi are run in field trials. Qualifying at one of these trials is a necessary criterion, together with 5 CCs in national and international shows in Italy, to gain the title of Italian Show Champion. Since January 2014, a working trial qualification is also obligatory to be awarded the FCI International Show Champion title.