Vucciriscu: A Rare and Uniquely Italian Breed


The Vucciriscu breed originates from the Calabria region of Southern Italy. The word “vucci” means owl in Calabrian dialect, while “riscu” translates to dog. Therefore, it is assumed that the Vucciriscu was named for its large, expressive eyes that resemble those of an owl.

These dogs were originally bred as hunting companions due to their keen sense of smell and ability to track prey. In addition to being great hunters, they are also known for their fierce loyalty and protective nature towards their owners.

Physical Appearance:

The Vucciriscu is a large breed with males typically weighing between 90-110 pounds and females weighing around 70-90 pounds. They stand at about 23-27 inches tall at the shoulder.

Their short coat can range in color from fawn to red with black brindle stripes throughout. Their eyes are round and amber-colored which give them a unique appearance among other breeds.


This breed is fiercely loyal and protective of its owners but tends to be wary around strangers or new people until properly introduced. As former hunting dogs, they may have some tendency towards chasing smaller animals like cats or squirrels; however, proper training can help control this behavior.

They tend to do well with children if socialized properly but may not tolerate rough play or teasing from young kids. Due to their size and strength, early obedience training is recommended for these pups.

Health Problems:

The Vucciriscu does not have any major health issues specific only for this breed; however as larger breeds they are prone hip dysplasia more than smaller dogs – so regular exercise without overdoing it – feeding a high-quality diet will minimize his chances of developing one – except that the lifespan expectancy varies between 10 – 12 years on average depending on health, lifestyle and nutrition.


Vucciriscu is very active dog breed that requires daily exercise; long walks or jogs are highly recommended. However, it is important to note that as puppies they should not be over-exercised because of potential joint issues. Once fully matured, they make great running or hiking partners due to their stamina.

Special Grooming Needs:

The Vucciriscu has a short coat which does not require excessive grooming beyond regular brushing once a week and the occasional bath when needed. Owners should trim their nails every 3 – 4 weeks, brush their teeth regularly at home – preferably everyday – , and do regular veterinary checkups for overall well-being


As mentioned before training at early stages plays an essential part in raising this breed due to its naturally protective nature. It’s recommended to start with basic obedience training following more advanced obedience techniques tailored towards your dogs individual traits.

Compatibility with children/pets:

This breed gets along well with other household pets if socialized properly from a young age- same goes for children being introduced into the family dynamic,. As always Children must be taught how to approach/ interact any type of dog cautiously & carefully

Personality quirks:
One standout quality among all others is their loyalty toward owners also some individuals may show instances of stubborn behavior needing positive reinforcement during training

Famous examples:
This particular breed isn’t portrayed widely in media and internet thus doesn’t have any famous example like other breeds but many celebrities around Italy holds them as pets because it’s so unique in appearance yet fascinating enough still unknown by many internationally

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