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Bracco Italiano

Bracco Italiano At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC Breed Group: Foundation Stock Service

Other Registries: ANKC (Gundogs); FCI (Pointing Dogs); KC (Gundog); UKC (Gun Dog)


Large. Weight: 55-88 lbs; Height: Male: 22.5-26; Female: 21.5-24.5 inches


Thick, short, and glossy.


White with Markings of Amber, Orange or Chestnut; Roan or Speckled

Life Span:

10 to 12 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level – 100
Barking Tendencies – 60
Cat Friendly – 30
Cold Weather Tolerance – 60
Exercise Needs – 60
General Health – 60
Grooming Needs – 40
Hot Weather Tolerance – 60
Intelligence – 60
Kid Friendly – 80
Playfulness – 60
Shedding Level – 60
Social Needs – 80
Watchdog Ability – 60

Did You Know?

This dog breed is also called the Italian Pointer.

Breed: Bracco Italiano

Bracco Italiano Overview

Originating in Italy, this ancient dog breed was highly prized by the aristocracy for their ability to hunt feathered game. The Bracco Italiano nearly became extinct during the early 1900’s, but the breed was revived by Italian breeder Ferdinando Delor de Ferrabonc. This breed is extremely rare in the United States.

Bracco Italiano Characteristics

This dog breed is muscular and powerful with a distinctively shaped head. The Bracco Italiano has a somewhat serious nature, powerful appearance and is squarely built.

Bracco Italiano Temperament

This dog breed is calm, gentle and devoted. They form close bonds with their family. They do well with older children, dogs and other pets. They is active, energetic, and affectionate. The breed does not like to be left alone for extended periods of time or be ignored. They are intelligent, agile and vital dogs. Although bred for hunting, they also make excellent companion dogs. This breed is not recommended for novice dog owners.

Bracco Italiano Care

This dog breed requires regular brushing with a firm bristle-brush to remove loose and dead hair. To preserve the natural oils of the coat , the dog should only be bathed when absolutely necessary. It is important to check and clean the ears regularly. They are prone to bloat, hip dysplasia, eye problems and ear infection.

Bracco Italiano Coat

The coat of this breed is glossy, thick and short. This dog breed is an average shedder.

Bracco Italiano Training

This dog breed requires a calm handler. They are quick and eager to learn, but can be fairly stubborn. This breed requires socialization and basic obedience. They do not respond well to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with patience, consistency, firmness and fairness.

Bracco Italiano Activity

This dog breed is not recommended for apartment living. They require an above average amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation. They thrive on hunting, swimming and family interaction. They are best suited to a rural setting where there is room to roam. They enjoy and excel at tracking, hiking, agility, and search and rescue.

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