American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Bracco Italiano


History

It comes as no surprise that the Bracco Italiano originated in Italy, based on their name. This breed has been around since the 4th century. Although it is unknown which exact breed bloodlines made up the Bracco Italiano, what we do know is that this breed was used for hunting, pointing and companionship.

Appearance

The Bracco Italiano is a large breed dog with males and females measuring 22-26 inches in height and weighing 55-90 pounds in weight. This breed has an oblong shaped head that forms into a large, rectangular muzzle with a slope at the end where their nose is positioned downwards. Their forehead is slightly elevated and rounded at the center, with their two extra large, pendant shaped ears are wide apart and hang long and gently alongside of their face. Their two eyes are accompanied by wrinkles and are almond in shape, generally a light amber to dark brown in color. Their general body build is very long, lean and muscular. Their short, single layer coat is held tight to their skin, should demonstrate a natural shine and generally a white and orange, chestnut to brown, or amber color patches or ticking on a white coat.

Temperament

The Bracco Italiano is a very noble breed, with a strong natural sense to hunt and track all things small and wild. This breed is not recommended for a non-hunting home. The Bracco Italiano requires an active, outdoorsy owner who enjoys hunting and is knowledgeable of the hunting breeds. This breed is best suited for canine homes only, due to their strong hunting instincts. The Bracco Italiano requires daily human affection and interaction to remain mentally healthy and happy. This breed needs to bond close with their family and be included in as many family activities as possible. This breed does well with children of all ages they are able to grow up around. This breed requires a firm and confident owner who is able to take him or her hunting, as well as have family companionship daily and remain pack leader at all times. This breed is a natural hunter, potential owners must be aware that digging, scratching, following scents and trying to chase animals outdoors at all natural behaviors. A properly fenced in yard is absolutely required for this breed.

Grooming

This breed sheds daily and can drool. Daily brushing, wiping of the face and bathing when needed. Pay close attention to their ears.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Bracco Italiano breed prior to adding one to your household to ensure you are able to make a life long commitment both physically and financially for your new family member. This breed is not meant for everyone. Again, a properly fenced in yard is absolutely required for this breed to be within at all times while outdoors, or properly fitting harness and leash. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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