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Bracco Italiano

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Bracco Italiano

General
OtherNames 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
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Average Food Cost
£7.50-10
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.
Average Puppy Price
£500-800
Lifespan
9 - 15 years
Average Litter Size
4
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 62cm
Dog 58cm 67cm
Weight Min Max
Bitch 25kg 40kg
Dog 25kg 40kg
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
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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
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Energy High
Overall Exercise > 2 hours
Distress Caused if Left Alone Low
Personal Protection Medium
Suitability As Guard Dog Medium
Risk of Sheep Worrying Low
Tendency to Bark Low
Ease of Transportation 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
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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
Tendency to Cause Allergies

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