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Bracco Italiano

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Bracco Italiano

Bracco Italiano's (aka Italian Pointer and the Italian Setter) are large muscular dogs with fine short coats with striking coloring features. They can be brown and white or orange and white, with freckles on the coat. This muscular dog has a unique shaped head with long ears. They have well-developed jowls or dewlaps that are similar to a blood or basset hound. Their noses can be brown or pink. The ears are long and drooping but will perk up a bit when they are listening. They are squarely built with a strong topline. The tail tapers and is often docked to half its length.

Temperament Bracco Italiano's are calm, obedient, faithful, gentle and loving dogs. They are excellent with children and other dogs. They are a friendly breed, although they are cautious of strangers. They are best suited to country living although they can live in an apartment or flat if adequately exercised. Bracco Italiano's are not happy unless they are working. They have been used in search and rescue missions, aids in falconry and as therapy dogs. They are a great breed for obedience, agility and other canine sports. Because they are friendly towards most people, they do not make good watchdogs. They need an owner who is dog-experienced and active. Harsh training is not suggested for this breed.
Height, Weight Male Height: 23-26" ; Weight: 55-88 lbs.
Female Height: 22-24" ; Weight: 55-88 lbs.
Health Problems Health concerns with this breed include entropion hip dysplasia, kidney disease and bloat. Bloat is a major health issue with most dogs, second only to cancer as the largest killer of dogs. This breed is particularly susceptible because of their deep chests.
Living Conditions The Bracco Italiano is not made for city living. They need lots of space to run and hunt in a rural or suburban home.
Exercise This breed needs lots of daily exercise as well as a job to do.
Life Expectancy About 12-13 years
Grooming Regular brushing is required.
Origin Bracco Italiano's are an ancient breed originating from lighter Egyptian coursing sighthounds and heavier Molossus breeds. Records and paintings show this breed was in existence during the 4th and 5th centuries BC. This breed was originally used to drive game to the hunters nets. During the 1700s, Italian breeders evolved this dog into a hound and gun dog mixture. They were versatile, retrieving both on land and water. This breed was close to extinction for many years until an enthusiastic Italian breeder by the name of Ferdinando Delor saved the breed from vanishing. In the 20th century, although still small in number, the breed has gained a lot of support and is currently shown in Italian and European shows. They are recognized by the FCI and the UKC and have been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®.
Group AKC/FSS Sporting, UKC Gun Dog