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.
Does your Bracco Italiano bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety
is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
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.
If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet
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. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay
is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Bracco Italiano puppy.
Consider crate training
if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
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. Socialization
is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Male: 22.5-26; Female: 21.5-24.5 inches
White. Markings of amber, orange, chestnut. May be roan or speckled.