AKC Group: Foundation Stock Service
The Bracco Italiano is thought to date back to the 14th century. Artwork from that age depict a dog similar to the Bracco. They are believed to be a cross between the Segugio Italiano and Asiatic Mastiff, possibly a descendant of the St. Hubert Hound and the ancestor of Bloodhounds and Beagles.
Braccos originated from two places: in Piedmont from the Piedmontese Pointer and in Lombardy from the Lombard Pointer. Braccos lived among the wealthy and worked as hunting dogs. Popularity waned in the 1800 and 1900s, but an Italian breeder took up the cause to ensure their survival. Braccos aren’t known much outside of Italy.
Size: 21.5 to 26.5 inches tall; 55 to 88 pounds.
Color: Pure white; white with large or small patches of orange, amber or chestnut; white with light orange or chestnut mottling.
Life span: 9 to 14 years
Health problems: Hip or elbow dysplasia, bloat.
Also known as an Italian Pointer, the Bracco is a large “freckled” dog. They have thin faces with skin that hangs down around their chin and neck. Ears are long and droopy. They are muscular and squarely built. Tails are usually docked back to half their length. A Bracco looks like a cross between the German Shorthaired Pointer and a Bloodhound.
Braccos were originally considered two separate breeds based on their color, brown and white or orange and white. They are now considered to be just one breed. They are affectionate, easygoing and intelligent dogs.
Braccos can be stubborn and sensitive, yet are athletic and powerful. Braccos are obedient and loyal. They work hard and play hard. When it’s “pet” time, they also love hard. They love people — in fact, the closer the bond they develop with you, the happier they’ll be.
Their smooth, fine coat of hair requires minimal attention. You’ll need a Hound glove (or a boar bristle brush). The glove or the brush will bring out the natural oils in the coat and leave it gleaming. A few minutes of brushing is all it takes. With his droopy ears, he’ll need help cleaning the tips. Their big lips help them drool a lot. A Bracco is very sensitive to the tone of voice during training, so stay positive. When training is done properly, a Bracco learns very quickly.