Bracco Italian Pointer Club Of America Website:
http://www.thebraccoclub.org Native Country Italy Other Names Italian Pointing Dog, Italian Setter, Bracco Italiano Life Expectancy Approximately 12-13 Years Litter Size Average 4-5 Puppies Breed Group FCI - Continental Pointing Dogs
Breed Appearance He be athletic and powerful in appearance, most
resembling a cross between a German Shorthaired Pointer and a
Bloodhound, although it is nothing like them in character. It has
pendulous upper lips and long ears that create a serious expression.
It should be "almost square", meaning that its height at the withers
should be almost the same as the length of its body. It should not
however be actually square as this would render its famous rear
driving push off and front/rear extension to be compromised, thus
losing much of its powerful grace. The tail can be docked, mostly
due to the strong possibility of injury in rough/dense terrain when
hunting, however there has been a sea-change in Italy, with some now
working the breed with full tail.
Breed Description Head: Angular, narrow. Slightly domed
skull. Pronounced occipital crest. Slight stop. Straight or slightly
curved nosebridge, of the same length as the skull. Very large nose,
chestnut to pink or flesh-colored, depending on coat color. Cleanly
cut cheeks. Thin lips. Ears: Long, supple, with slightly rounded tips. Front edge
lying against the cheek. Eyes: Oval, a shade of ocher or brown, depending on coat color. Body: Can be inscribed inside a square. Powerful neck with
slight dewlap. Very pronounced withers. Broad, deep, well let-down
chest. Well-curved ribs. Slight tuck-up. Broad, muscular back. Long,
broad croup sloping at a 30-degree angle. Tail: Thick at the base, straight. Carried level to the ground
in action. Docked to a length of 15 to 25 cm. Hair: Short, dense, glossy, finer and lying flatter on the
head, ears, feet and backs of the legs. Coat: White. White with orange or amber spots of varying size
and shade. White with chestnut spots of varying size. White with
pale orange spots (speckled). White with chestnut spots (chestnut
roan). Mask preferably symmetrical. Size: Dog: 58 to 67 cm. (22.8-26.5 in).Bitch: 55 to 62 cm.
(21.7-24.4 in). Weight: 25 to 40 kg (55-88 lb).
History Like the Chien d’Oysel, this ancient Italian
breed was used in the Middle Ages for netting birds.
Fourteenth-century frescoes bear witness to the Italian Pointing
Dog’s unquestionable popularity over the centuries. Later, he was
adapted to shooting, making him the oldest of the European pointers.
All the kings of Europe had an Italian Pointing Dog. The breed was
later improved by adding English Pointer blood, making him lighter
and faster. Two sub-breeds were developed: the Great Italian
Pointing Dog, standing 66 to 70 cm tall at the withers and weighing
35 to 40 kg, and the faster and slimmer Lightweight Italian Pointing
Dog (25 to 28 kg). In 1926, these two varieties were grouped under a
Behavior This hardy, vigorous dog with a keen nose is
skilled at all kinds of hunting. He searches for quarry actively,
head held high, at an extended trot. He is a good retriever and
adapts easily to family life. He needs firm training.
Health Possible health concerns for the Bracco
include entropion, hip dysplasia, kidney disease and bloat. Bloat is
a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs
other than cancer, but Bracco Italian Pointers can be particularly
susceptible to it because of their deep chests.
Advice He needs wide open spaces and lots of exercise,
as well as regular brushing and checking of the ears.