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Bracco Italiano

Bracco Italiano

The Bracco Italiano is a large-sized, strong, muscular, active dog with a fine, short coat. They have a distinctively shaped head, long ears and well-developed jowls. They can be orange and white, orange roan, chestnut and white or chestnut roan in colour. Adult males are 58-67cm and females should ideally measure 55-62cm. Weight ranges between 25-40kg, in proportion to the height of the dog.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys walking more than two hours a day
  • Large dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Quiet dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • Great family dog


They are intelligent, faithful and loving dogs, which are able to get on well with both children and other dogs. They are ideally suited to an active country-dwelling lifestyle and will happily be both family and working dogs in one. Though they are eager to learn and to please, it should be remembered that this dog is sensitive and training should be carried out in a gentle manner. They are not the best breed for a novice/first time dog owner.

History and Origins

This dog is an ancient breed, and has been noted in paintings and writings from the 4th and 5th centuries BC. It is thought to have come about from crossing a mastiff-type dog with an Egyptian coursing hound. In the 1700s Italian hunters developed the Bracco Italiano dog breed for hunting, tracking and pointing game. Before guns were used for hunting, these dogs were used to drive game into the hunters' nets. The first of these dogs arrived in the UK in the late 1980s and today they are still few in number.

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