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Bracco Italiano


Bracco Italiano Facts

  • Group
  • Sporting
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 21" - 26.5"
  • Weight
  • 60-90 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • White
    • White / Brown
    • White / Orange
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Adapted to city living
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

Italian Pointer, bracci (plural), Italian Setter


This breed evolved in Piedmont and Lombardy, Italy.

Date Of Origin

The Bracco Italiano was created in the 1700's.


The Bracco Italiano is a very ancient breed and appears in paintings and texts since the 4th and 5th centuries BC.
People say that this dog is one of the classic and ancient pointers, selected mainly in the northern regions of this peninsula. The breed has been present since the middle age and became widespread in the Renaissance period. The nobility held it in very high regard. In fact, feathered game hunting was exclusive to the aristocracy. The Gonzaga and Medici families bred them; the puppies born in those kennels were sought out by nobles and royal families.

This dog of ancient Italian origin used for bird hunting has modeled itself and developed over the ages; from the hunting of yesteryear by means of nets, he has adapted himself to the present hunting and shooting. Frescoes from the 14th century are proof of the indisputable timelessness of the Italian pointer over the centuries, whether either regarding his morphology or his aptitudes at hunting as a pointer. It is thought that the white-and-orange variety originated in Piedmont.

The white-and-orange variety from Piedmont was lighter in construction than the white-and-brown type from Lombardy. The white-orange dog from Piedmont was, because of his lighter construction, better to use in the mountains. The breeders have used those two types of dogs to a uniform combination that we now consider the Italian pointer (which is what Bracco Italiano means in English).


This is a large, tall, square shaped, and muscular dog with a narrow head and long, low set ears and lose skin at the face and neck. The large eyes are brown and the large nose is pink to brown. The chest is broad and deep and the tail is long and tapered. The short, smooth, fine coat is brown and white or orange and white.


The bracco Italiano is an easy going, affectionate dog. It makes a sharp distinction between work and play: intense in the field and docile at home. It is intelligent but can be stubborn and sensitive.


This breed is an excellent finder of game and has a secure point and an impeccable retrieval. It is adapted to all types of game, and knows how to cooperate fully with the hunter. Tranquil and clean, the Italian pointer also makes a wonderful companion.

Health Concerns

Bloat, entropion, hip dysplasia, kidney disease.

Additional Information

This dog needs attention, a job or activity and training to remain happy and content.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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