AKC Meet the Breeds: Bracco Italiano

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Also known as the Italian Pointer, the Bracco Italiano is a powerful and muscular gundog that was developed in Italy. He lives up to his noble heritage by being regal in both appearance and behavior. Although a sporting dog, the breed possesses a head that is hound-like in appearance, with large ears and an intelligent and kind expression. His coat can be white; orange and white; orange roan; chestnut and white; or chestnut roan. The Bracco Italiano has been part of the AKC's Foundation Stock Service since 2001 under the Sporting designation.

A Look Back
The Bracco Italiano is an ancient breed that appears in paintings and texts dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries BC. The breed was originally bred by the Gonzaga and Medici families, and the dogs born in those kennels were sought out by nobles and royal families. When hunting game, the Bracco Italiano covers ground in an elongated flowing trot while holding his nose up to the wind scenting for game. The Italians refer to the perfect stance as appearing as though they were "being pulled along by the nose."

Right Breed for You?
The Bracco Italiano loves people and thrives on human companionship. The breed loves to play and generally gets along well with other dogs and pets. They are highly trainable, but can be stubborn. As an active sporting breed, they require daily exercise, but their short coat needs only a quick brush each week.

  • Foundation Stock Service; Sporting Group designation.
  • Ranging in size from 55-88 pounds.
  • Pointing dog; gundog.

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