The Bracco Italiano is, as it's name suggests a dog with an Italian heritage. It's also known as the Italian Pointer and was originally bred as a gun dog. It is thought to have originated in the Piedmont area of Northern Italy and to have been bred for the aristocrats of the area such as the de Medici's to hunt feathered game. They nearly became extinct at the beginning of the 20th century but there numbers has since recovered.
The Bracco Italiano is usually white in colour with brown patches. They have a solemn serious face and are a medium sized dog rising to a height of around 2 feet. They have a short coat which is dense and glossy and whilst they shed normally twice a year, shedding is not an extensive issue for this dog.
They are muscular strong dogs with long droopy ears and are smaller in stature then other Pointer breeds as they were bred to hunt in marshy and lowland areas. Like many short hair dogs it does not need bathing regularly but you do need to keep an eye on it's ears as they can be prone to infections.
They have a slow and long trot which turns into a gallop as they gather speed.
The Bracco Italiano is a working dog and so it needs plenty of exercise and training. However it is also a very good family dig as it likes being near and with people and they are comfortable with other dogs and animals if trained properly when young. It is a hunting dog and their training needs to reflect this so that they know what they should and should not be chasing.
It also needs plenty of exercise to use up all of that natural energy, otherwise it will become bored. Playing games with it are a good idea as like most hunting dogs, it's an intelligent breed and so needs some level of stimulation.
It's mainly a placid breed and is not known to be aggressive and makes a great family pet. Don't be surprised to find it sprawled on the rug with all of it's people as it likes to be near the centre of the family. They are not known to be big barkers unless they are bored so they may not make a great guard dog.
The Bracco Italiano normally has a lifespan of over 10 years and with proper training and metal stimulation should live a long and healthy life.
Gun dogs (UKC)
|Size:||Medium to Large|
|Life span:||11-13 years|
|Height:||Male: 23–26 inches (58–67 cm)|
Female: 22–24 inches (55–62 cm)
|Weight:||25–40 kg (55–88 lb)|
|Colors:||Orange & White|
White & Chestnut
White & Amber
|Litter Size:||4-6 puppies|
|Puppy Price:||Average $700 - $900 USD|