This dog of ancient Italian origin, used for bird hunting, has modelled itself and developed over the ages; from the hunting of yesteryear by means of nets, he has adapted himself to the present hunting and shooting. Frescoes from the 14th century are proof of the indisputable timelessness of the Italian Pointer over the centuries, whether either regarding his morphology (appearance) or his aptitudes at hunting as a pointing dog. (1)
Of strong and harmonious construction with powerful appearance. This breed has lean limbs, well developed muscles, well defined lines with a markedly sculpted head and a very obvious lower orbital chiselling, elements which all contribute to give distinction to this breed.
Important proportions: Length of the body is the same or a little more then the height at the withers. Length of head is equal to 4/10 of the height at the withers; it’s width, measured at the level of the zygomatic arches, is less than half its length. Skull and muzzle are of equal length. (1)
Temperament & Suitability
Braccos are very much a people-loving dog and thrive on human companionship, having a strong need to be close to their people. They are a particularly good family dog, and many have a strong love of children.
They get along well with other dogs and pets, if trained to do so - it is, after all, a hunting breed and must be taught what to chase and what not to.
They are very willing to please, as long as they have decided that your idea is better than theirs. Obedience training is a must for a Bracco, and the more that is asked of them, the better they do. Harsh reprimands do not work with this breed unless the reprimand is a fair one, to remind them who is actually in charge. Although not an aggressive breed, many Braccos will alert if there is a reason, and some will bark or growl if there's a good reason.
The breed loves to hunt, and they excel at it: in fact, a non-hunting Bracco is not a happy Bracco, and will act out in various other ways.
They are an active breed, but require more mental exercise than physical exercise to keep them happy. A Bracco owner can teach games like hide-and-seek (an object or person) which fits into the breed's original and current usage, and keeps them mentally active. (2)
Height at the withers: Between 55 and 67 cms
Preferred size for males 58-67 cms
Preferred size for females: 55-62 cms
Weight: Between 25 and 40 kgs depending on size (1)
Now you know a little about the Bracco Italiano and have decided this is the dog for you, or you would like more information, please make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the Bracco Italiano and its needs and whether this breed would suit your lifestyle.