Bracco Italiano

Fast Facts

Country of Origin:Italy
AKC Group:Rare
UKC Group:Gun Dog
Life Span:12 to 14 years
Color:White; white with patches of orange or amber; white with chestnut patches; white speckled with pale orange or chestnut.
Coat:Short, dense and glossy.
Grooming:Brush weekly; bathe as needed.
Size:Large Dog Breed
Height:Males: 22.75 to 26.25 inches; females: 21.75 to 24.5 inches.
Weight:55 to 88 pounds.

The Bracco Italiano is a classic pointer with an elegant, loping gait and a strong instinct for game. The breed's origins can be traced back centuries. The Bracco developed in Italy, descending from Molossus and Egyptian Hounds. By the Middle Ages, it was a recognized breed, and the dogs' popularity spread during the Renaissance. Today, Bracci Italiani are uncommon in Europe but even rarer in the United States: Fewer than 200 live here, and just a few males are registered as studs for breeding. Intelligent and devoted to their sporting duty, Bracci also crave human companionship. They enjoy being cuddly lapdogs, despite weighing between 55 and 88 pounds. Yet they also must feel useful. Bracci are happiest in a home where they can channel their energy into regular activity and exercise, such as fieldwork and other canine sports. If not given a task, the Bracco will make up his own fun.

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