Breed Group: Foundation Stock Service
Weight: 55-88 lbs
Height: Male: 22.5-26; Female: 21.5-24.5 inches
Color(s): White. Markings of amber, orange, chestnut. May be roan or speckled.
Originating in Italy, this ancient breed was highly prized by aristocracy to hunt feathered game. The Bracco Italiano nearly became extinct during the early 1900's. They were revived and saved by Italian breeder Ferdinando Delor de Ferrabonc. The Bracco Italiano is extremely rare in the United States.
The Bracco Italiano is muscular, strong, and has a distinctively shaped head. This breed exhibits a serious expression, powerful appearance, and is squarely built.
Bracco Italiano's are quiet, gentle, and loyal. The Bracco Italiano forms close bonds with their family. They do well with older children, dogs, and other pets. They are active, energetic, and affectionate. The Bracco Italiano do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time or if they are ignored. They are intelligent, agile, and vigorous. Although born for hunting, they are also excellent companions. This breed is not recommended for first time dog owners.
Bracco Italiano's require regular brushing with a firm bristle brush to remove loose and dead hair is required. Bathing should only be done when necessary. It is important to check and clean the ears regularly. Bracco Italiano's are prone to bloat, hip dysplasia, eye problems, and ear infection.
The coat of the Bracco Italiano breed is glossy, dense, and short. This breed is an average shedder.
The Bracco Italiano requires a calm handler. They are quick to learn but may be stubborn. This breed requires socialization and basic obedience. Bracco Italiano's will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with patience, consistency, firmness, and fairness.
The Bracco Italiano breed is not recommended for apartment living. They require an inordinate amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation. The Bracco Italiano thrives on hunting, swimming, and family interaction. They do best in a rural setting with room to roam. They enjoy and excel in such activities as tracking, hiking, agility, biking, therapy, jogging, and search and rescue.
Help reduce the number of dogs in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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