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Bracco Italiano

The Bracco Italiano is a strong, muscular and active dog with a distinctive head shape and an attractively powerful yet elastic movement that looks effortless. The skin appears somewhat loose with long ears and well-developed jowls, and a very short, fine coat.  

12 – 13 years
25 - 40kg
55 - 67cm
Coats come in a variety of colours including orange and white, orange roan, chestnut and white or chestnut roan.
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

As with many breeds, the Bracco Italiano can suffer from:
- Hip dysplasia 
- Elbow dysplasia 
- Osteochondrosis dissecans
- Entropion which is a painful eye condition where the eyelids role
- Ear infections due to long hanging ears

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing:
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.


Said to be faithful and full of fun, they are well suited to the active family or owner who enjoys lots of fresh air and exercise. Better off with a job to do than without, they can turn a paw to a variety of sports and activities that utilise their inherited gundog skills.  

Sensitive and loving, they are eager to learn and please and will respond well to kind training and positive reinforcement. Not ideally suited as a first dog for a novice owner due to their size and desire to hunt, but very rewarding in the right hands. 

Did you know?

  • In Italy there were originally two types of Bracco Italiano: the Piedmont Bianco Arrancio, and the Lombardy Roano Marrone. The Piedmont dogs are lighter in build and were orange or orange and white, with the Lombardy type being a heavier built dog, which are a darker roan and white. The differences came about as the Piedmont type were bred to hunt the mountainous regions and needed to be smaller, lighter and more athletic, while the Lombardy dogs hunted flat marshlands and became a heavier, larger dog. The breed standard written in 1949 unified the two types, incorporating aspects of both. 

  • The Bracco Italiano is also often referred to as the Italian Pointer and it’s thought to be the oldest European pointer type. 

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