- SIZE: 6
- GROOMING:: 5
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 9
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 9
- WATCHDOG: 1
- BREED: Bracco Italiano
- COLOR(S):White. Orange markings. May be roan or speckled.
Bracco Italianos are tall, large canines whose coat features striking colors of brown and white, orange and white, or abundant freckles. Their thin faces have wrinkled hanging skin around their chins and neck, leading down to a muscular, squarely built body. Their noses may be anywhere from pink to brown. They have fine, smooth coats of fur and tapering tails that are often docked to half their length. The Bracco Italiano breed sports long, drooping ears that will perk when they are listening. Originally, these deep chested dogs were thought to belong to two separate breeds depending on their color whether it be orange and white or brown and white. However, these color differences are now seen as variations of the same breed. These dogs can be avid workers but will easily distinguish work from play. They make peaceful, affectionate and easy going house pets.
This breed is known to be affectionate, easygoing, and intelligent while they can be stubborn and sensitive at times. Their appearance is unmistakably athletic and powerful making it no surprise that Bracco Italianos are excellent dogs for working in the field. They distinguish between work and play easily, knowing when each is necessary. At home, they will rest easy and have a docile temperament. Italian Pointers are obedient and loyal, doubling from easygoing pet to avid worker in an instant. Often described as “people dogs,” they love to be around people and form strong bonds with their owners, becoming more satisfied the closer that they are to them.
Bracco Italianos shed a couple times a year making a hound glove one good recommendation to help remove dead coat sheddings. They have short, dense coats that are glossy with a fairly hard texture. Their fur will be shorter and softer around their throat, head, ears, feet and legs.
With a wide and deep chest, one possible health concern for the Bracco includes bloat – the second largest killer of dogs. Additional health concerns of this breed are hip dysplasia, entropion and kidney disease.
Even though this is an active breed, they actually require more mental exercise than physical exercise to stay happy. Both their mind and body can receive sufficient entertainment through the ability to regularly run free, so this should be encouraged.
The Bracco Italiano breed does not respond to negative treatment or harsh training well. These dogs should be given fair treatment and not be trained through deterrence.