Description: The Bracco Italiano has a long head, that is narrow. The muzzle is deep and straight, or can have a slight arch.

The nose is big and spongy. The eyes are fairly large and have close fitting eyelids.

The color is always dark and this is brown or ochre. The ears are set near the corner of the eyes and are as long as the nose, these are narrow and hang down with slightly rounded tips, and lie close to the cheeks.

The jaw is strong and is a scissor bite. The neck is strong but short thickening at the shoulders. The body is of a square shape, overall, and is muscular in build.

The height of the dog is 22 ¾ -26 ¼ inches and the bitches are 21 ¾ -24 ½ inches the weight being 55-88 pounds.

The feet are strong and well arched. In countries that permit docking the tail is docked but where docking is not permitted the tail is horizontal and may have a slight curve, this is not carried over the back or high.

The coat is short thick and has a glossy look. The colors are; white or white with amber or chestnut, there can be orange markings.

White can be speckled, roan with solid markings. It is preferred to have a symmetrical facial mask. The life expectancy is 12 years.

History: This is, and always was, a hunting dog. The history of the Bracco Italiano goes back to the 4th century AD.

As for its origins; it is believed they came about from the Egyptian Hound and the Molossus and this is the founder of a lot of hunting dogs, we see today.

Hunters in Italy developed this breed, further, as a working dog. Over time the role the dog plays in hunting has changed, from a dog that would chase the game into the hunter’s nets, to a gun dog. This shows how versatile this dog is.

The Bracco Italiano has stayed true to type over the years. More modern times have seen the Bracco Italiano as a companion dog but still their role as hunting dog has not been lost, and most do go on the hunt in field trials and even as PAT Pets as Therapy.

This breed only came to the UK in 1989. It is worth saying that there is a club of Bracco Italiano in America and the breed has found its own place in America.

Temperament: The Bracco Italiano can make a good pet dog, if given good training starting as a young puppy.

They, like the whole Hound group, will need good regular daily walks to burn up the energy they have. They will need controlled free runs, but only where it is safe to do so.

The Bracco Italiano will warn you if strangers’ come to the house but they are not guard dogs.

They are naturally wary of strangers but if properly introduced they can be friendly, with an edge of caution.

The Bracco Italiano needs a good pack leader, that is able to spend time with the dog, and show calm but firm leadership.

Overall this dog is good with other dogs but it would be good to socialize this dog well, from early life.

They are mostly good with other pets such as cats but do need the right training to achieve this.

This is not a good dog for the first time owner, as they are a little head strong and training needs to have an air of authority with a calm tone that is consistent.

This is a large dog that is if correctly mentally and physically exercised daily is gentle and loving to their family.

They will like to have work and this can take many forms such as hunting or Pet Therapy to give them a good even balanced dog. This is an easy going dog

Health issues: As this is a large dog the Bracco Italiano can have skeletal problems in the first year of life and so walking for hours or running up and down stairs is not recommended.

Hip Dysplasia, some eye concerns and skin allergies.

Grooming: The Bracco Italiano is a working dog and to some extent this is reflected in the care of the coat.

They will need grooming, about weekly, and use of a hound glove will help give a nice shine to the coat.

Check ears and eyes weekly for any problems.

Living conditions: The Bracco Italiano can live in an apartment but only if they have had enough daily exercise.

This dog is a breed for country living and is not suitable for a life in the town. They will require a garden of medium size that is well fenced.

If you can’t find a local breeder in your area don’t worry, many breeders are using the major airlines like American, Delta, Continental and Northwest airlines for shipping their puppies.

At this time the airlines will ship puppies to the following States: Alabama AL – Alaska AK – Arizona AZ – Arkansas AR – California CA – Colorado CO – Connecticut CT – Delaware DE – Florida FL – Georgia GA – Hawaii HI – Idaho ID – Illinois IL – Indiana IN – Iowa IA – Kansas KS – Kentucky KY – Louisiana LA – Maine ME – Maryland MD – Massachusetts MA – Michigan MI – Minnesota MN – Mississippi MS – Missouri MO – Montana MT – Nebraska NE – Nevada NV – New Hampshire NH – New Jersey NJ – New Mexico NM – New York NY – North Carolina NC – North Dakota ND – Ohio OH – Oklahoma OK – Oregon OR – Pennsylvania PA – Rhode Island RI – South Carolina SC – South Dakota SD – Tennessee TN – Texas TX – Utah UT – Vermont VT – Virginia VA – Washington WA – Washington, D.C. – West Virginia WV – Wisconsin WI – Wyoming WY – Hawaii HI.

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