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Bracco Italiano Dog Breed Profile

Bracco Italiano

General
Other Names
Italian Pointer 
Dog Group Kennel Club
Gundog 
Breed Classification
The Bracco Italiano is a member of the gundog group. They were originally used for tracking, retrieving and pointing; today they are used in field trials, as gundogs and companions.  
Cost of Ownership
Average Food Cost
£7.50-10 per week
Feeding Requirements
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.  
Other Expenses
The average purchase price of a puppy is £600. They are difficult to obtain, as they are few in number in the UK. 
Lifespan
9 - 15 years
The average lifespan is 12 years.  
Average Litter Size
The litter size varies from 1 to 8. 
General Physical Description
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.

Height Min Max
Bitch 55cm (22") 62cm (24")
Dog 58cm (23") 67cm (26")
Weight Min Max
Bitch 25kg (55lbs) 40kg (88lbs)
Dog 25kg (55lbs) 40kg (88lbs)
Size Category
Large 
Weight Height Range
Dogs should measure between 58-67cms at the withers and bitches should ideally measure between 55-62cms at the withers. Weight ranges between 25-40kgs, in proportion to the height of the dog.  
Ailments
The Bracco Italiano appears to be a healthy breed that suffers from few health problems. It is best to purchase a puppy from stock that has been hip and eye tested. 
Common Ailments
 
Susceptibility To Illness
Low 
Other
History
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 1700ís 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 1980ís and today they are still few in number.  
Intelligence
They are not a difficult dog to train as long as there is consistency and firmness in the training. They are intelligent and eager to learn and to please. It should be remembered that this dog is sensitive and therefore training should be carried out in a gentle manner. < 
Show Characteristics
At present there is no breed standard as it is under review. 
Country Of Origin
Italy 
Famous Examples
 
Records Held
 
Characteristics
Energy
High 
Overall Exercise
> 2 hours per day.
The Bracco Italiano is a country dog at heart, enjoying long walks and runs in the countryside. They love to swim and retrieve and if they are not given enough exercise they can be boisterous! They mature at about 3 years of age. 
Distress if Left Alone
Low 
Personal Protection
Medium 
Guard Dog Suitability
Medium 
Risk of Sheep Worrying
Low 
Tendency to Bark
Low 
Medium 
Level of Aggression
Low 
Compatibility With Other Animals
High 
Suitable For Children

High 

General Character And Temperament
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. 
Grooming
Coat Length
Short/Smooth 
Grooming Requirement
< Once a week 
Trimming
None 
Requires Professional Groomer
 
Grooming
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. 
Colour
They can be orange and white, orange roan, chestnut and white or chestnut roan in colour. 
Shedding
Little 
Suffers From Allergies
 

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