Dating back as far as the 4th and 5th centuries AD, the Bracco Italiano receives mention in a number of historical writings. Highly sought by the aristocracy during the Renaissance era, the breed enjoyed great popularity, however, towards the end of the 19th century the Bracco Italiano was facing near extinction. Originally developed as a versatile hunting dog, the breed is believed to have been selectively crossbred to achieve the characteristics shown today; the Segugio Italiano, a coursing hound, and the Asiastic Mastiff are the Bracco Italiano's likely ancestors, achieving a breed that is capable of pointing, but with significantly more stamina.
Alternatively named the Italian Pointer, the breed is distinctive in appearance, boasting a square, athletic frame, long ears and tail, a solemn expression not dissimilar from the Bloodhound and a short, tidy coat in colours of white-orange, amber or chestnut. Primarily bred for the purpose of hunting, the Bracco Italiano is agile, owns a strong sense of smell, is alert and instinctual. It is common to find a Bracco Italiano with its tail 'docked,' a practice of reducing tail length, carried out in some European countries where the practice is legalised.
Obedience training is essential when it comes to the Bracco Italiano. Due to the breed's strong hunting instinct, it is not uncommon to find it chasing small animals, however this can be curbed if trained early on. Contrary to popular belief, hunting and gun dogs make very gentle and affectionate companions, loyal to their owner and vigilant to threat and change. The average Bracco Italiano weighs anything between 25-40 kg and has a life expectancy of 12 years when appropriate care is shown. Its easy temperament and active engagement in exercise and play makes this a great breed choice for families.
As a large, deep-chested canine breed, the Bracco Italiano is prone to certain stomach complaints including stomach tortion, a severe ailment that requires immediate veterinary assistance, as well as various kidney complaints, eye diseases and skin problems brought about by the breed's characteristic folds of skin around the face and neck.
I own the beautiful 4yr old Merlin, a chestnut male Bracco. Although a showdog he still has all the attributes of a true working hpr
Our Braco Bella is very gentle and affectionate, making her the ideal pet. She is a fantastic, if enthusiastic guard dog, and is incredibly loyal and protective - until she knows you, when she will become your best friend! A lovely looking dog, easy to maintain, and is a very laid back breed.