The Bracco Italiano is a large dog, with short, shiny hair. They have dangling ears that fall close to their face. The breed's hair is short and shiny, and the fur on their head and ears, and on the front of the legs and feet, is finer than the rest of their body. Their coloring is white, white and orange, or white and chestnut, and some have roan markings. The Bracco has an elongated and distinguished slow trot, though this trot can develop into a gallop as he picks up speed. When they hunt, they'll raise their noses to the air to smell for a game while trotting.
Country of Origin: Italy
AKC Breed Popularity:
AKC Classification: Sporting
UKC Classification: Gun Dog Group
Exercise Requirements: Over 30 minutes/day
Height: Female: 21-27 inches.; Male: 21-27 inches
Weight: Female: 55-90 lbs.; Male: 55-90 lbs.
Physical traits: Large, Well-balanced, Strong
Coat: Length: Short, shiny
Characteristics: Roan markings
Colors: White, White and chestnut, or white and orange
Overall Grooming Needs: Low
Personality traits/Temperament: Affectionate, Intelligent, Enthusiastic
Energy Level: Average
Tendency to Drool: Average
Tendency to Snore: Low
Tendency to Bark: Low to Average
Tendency to Dig: Low
Social/Attention Needs: Average to High
The Bracco is a healthy breed Their life expectancy is 10 to 14 years. To avoid orthopedic stresses on their fast-growing bodies, Bracco puppies should be fed a balanced food and should not be run on hard surfaces such as on concrete or perform repeated high-affected exercises until at least one year of age. Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions where baths with a high quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Flea control is also essential. Responsible breeders screen their stock for health conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia, eye anomalies such as entropion, ectropion, and cataracts, and kidney disorders such as renal amyloidosis. Check the Bracco’s long, pendulous ears for ear infections, and use a veterinarian-recommended ear cleaner once or twice weekly to keep the ear clean and dry to prevent infections.
The Bracco Italiano should do well on high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared. Add a high-quality dog multivitamin to complete the nutritional circle. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet.
A Bracco needs a calm, patient trainer who is gentle but firm. This breed may be slightly independent, but mostly, they are eager to please and are thrilled when they see they’ve made you happy. They are most suited to a home that will use their hunting ability and give them a job to do. However, instead of hunting, training for dog sports like agility, obedience, and rally can also be a great way to give your dog the physical and mental stimulation he needs.
The Bracco is a moderate- to high-energy breed that requires daily exercise and mental stimulation. This can be accomplished by running free in a safe, enclosed space or by scheduled exercises such as daily jogs. At least 30 minutes of exercise per day is needed, but more is preferred. Furthermore, to be happy, they need time each day spent with their family doing organized training or playing. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet.
The first dog registered by the Kennel Club Italiano, founded in 1882, was a Bracco Italiano.
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