Bracco Italiano Dog Breed Profile

by Luke Blaise

Breeds Not AKC Approved

The Bracco Italiano dog is an Italian breed that is primarily used as a gun dog. It is a very rare breed in Italy, and a breed that is not known about in many other places.


There are documents talking about the Bracco Italiano breed dating back to fourth and fifth centuries BC. It is thought to be a mixture of an Asiatic Mastiff and Segugio Italiano.

There are 2 different types of this breed. The very first originated from Piedmont, and on that basis was called the Piedmontese Pointer. The other originated from Lombardy, and was called the Lombard Pointer. The Bracco from Piedmont is brighter in color and in smaller in structure, most likely because of the mountainous land there. The Lombard Pointer is dark in color and thicker in body. It had been more developed from the Middle Ages. The Bracco thrived throughout the Renaissance and was bred by both Gonzaga and Medici families.

Physical Features

The Italian Pointer or Bracco must be powerful and athletic in look, most like a mixture of a Bloodhound and German shorthaired pointer, although it's nothing similar to them in personality. The coat is dense, glossy and short. The texture must be pretty hard, although relatively softer and shorter on the ears, feet, head, legs and throat.

Shedding occurs a few times annually, and a hound glove truly helps in getting rid of dead coat. The most frequent colours are Bianco-Arancio, chestnut, Roano-Marrone and White-Orange, Roano-Brown, or amber coloured spots on the base of tail, ears, face, and body. The weight is twenty five to forty kilograms.


Bracco Italiano dogs have become a people caring dog and flourish with human company. They possess a strong desire to be near people. They're a very good family dog, and most possess a strong love of kids. They go along well with other pets and dogs.

Common Health Problems

Generally a healthy dog

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