Other Names : Italian Pointer
Country of Origin : Italy
Dog Group : Gundog
This dog is an ancient breed, it has been noted in paintings and writings from the 4th and 5th centuries BC. It is thought to have come about from crossing a mastiff type dog with an Egyptian coursing hound. In the 1700’s Italian hunters developed this dog for hunting, tracking and pointing game. Before guns were used for hunting these dogs were used to drive game into the hunters nets. The first of these dogs arrived in the UK in the late 1980’s and today they are still few in number.
The Bracco Italiano is a large sized, strong, muscular, active dog with a fine, short coat. They have a distinctively shaped head, long ears and well-developed jowls, resembling the bloodhound and basset.
Feeding & Ownership
In general the Bracchi are good eaters. As puppies they should have a nutritious diet to ensure the proper formation of the bones and joints.
They are intelligent, faithful and loving dogs, which get on well with children and other dogs. They are ideally suited to the active country dwelling family and will happily be both family and working dogs in one. They can adapt to living in a flat as long as they are given adequate exercise. They are not the best breed for the novice owner.
The coat of the Bracco Italiano is smooth and short. Any dead or loose hairs can be removed using a grooming mitt once or twice a week.