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Bracco Italiano

A great personality! (other names: Italian Pointer, Italian Setter, Italian Pointing Dog)

Bracco Italiano
origin:Italia
life expectancy:12 - 13 years
classification:Gun dog
height:55 to 67 cm
weight:25 to 40 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Easyfeeding: Mediumsize: Medium
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History [ edit ]

The Bracco Italiano is one of the only two native Italian Gundog breeds and was very popular in Italy during the Renaissance. Its was developped in Piedmont and Lombardy in the early part of the 17th century. Some opinate that  it is a result of crosses  between the Segugio and an ancient Asiatic mastiff, others say that it descends from the St. Hubert Hound, while others claim that it is an ancient breed that came about from crossing a mastiff type dog with an Egyptian coursing with writings about it dating back to the fourth and fifth centuries B.C. After the Renaissance the popularity of the Bracco Italiano declined considerably, but recently it caught the attention of some breeders both in Italy and in other countries of the European Union and it is now quite common at major european dog shows. Braccos are strong and untiring in the field, working in all types of terrain and are very good swimmers. They also have excellent scenting abilities and can prove to be very versatile dogs.
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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Bracco Italiano is an attractive looking dog, with a strong and well-proportioned construction and noble and powerful appearance.  Almost square, they have  a strong, deep chest , well developed muscles and straight, firm forelegs with proeminent back tendons. Muscular hindquarters, quite long thighs and moderate bend to hocks. Loin wide and slightly arched, short and well muscled and well sprung ribs. Powerful, well-rounded, moderately short neck widening towards the shoulders, with distinctive divided dewlap. The Bracco has well defined lines with a markedly sculpted head with chiselling under eyes, head held high, a noble expression, elements which all contribute to give distinction to this breed. Pronounced occiput and slight stop and a  median line visible to mid skull Deep muzzle, straight or slightly arched and large and spongy nose, protruding slightly over thin lips, which have  marked corners but not pendulous. The Ears set low and far back on level with corner of eyes, hang with fold at front.  The Eyes, fairly large, oval, with close fitting eyelids are dark ochre or brown, depending on coat colour and have a soft expression.  The Tail, docked, is thick at base  and set on as continuation of croupline. When moving, carried horizontally or slightly lower if docked and horizontally if undocked. The coat, covering a tough but elastic skin,  is glossy, short, dense and fine, shorter and finer on the head, ears and front part of legs and feet. It varies in colour from orange and white to red and white.
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Temperament [ edit ]

Hardy and adaptable, with a docile and gentle temperament, reliable and endowed with an excellent ability to understand,  Braccos are intelligent and eager to learn and to please. However they are very sensitive dogs, that may be stubborn at times, and need firm, patient training though carried out in a gentle manner. Overall they are loyal to their owners and are responsive.They have a calm, reflective and strong working nature which is ideal to train for work in all conditions. It is a multi-purpose dog that will carry and fetcher for as long as required. When properly socialized they are excellent pets for an active country dwelling family and can also adapt to living in a flat as long as they are given adequate exercise. They also get on well with children and other dogs. Their calm good nature does not mean they can not be a deterrent to unwanted strangers who are discouraged by their deep barking.
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Health [ edit ]

The Bracco Italiano appears to be a healthy breed that suffers from few health problems.
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Dog trivia [ edit ]

At present there is no breed standard as it is under review.
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