Ciao Bella! So you want to be seduced by some latino good looks, no? Well you’ve arrived at the right page. But first, a little bit of my history. We look a bit like a hound, yes? I can tell you are thinking that. Well, you would be right. “Bracco” is the Italian word for hound. In fact, we were the consequence of mating gundogs and hounds in 18th century Italy. What a good idea that was! Of course, writings about us date back considerably earlier. There are two variations of the Bracco Italiano – one originating from a region called Piedmont, the other from Lombard. The Piedmont variety are lighter in colour. We almost became extinct around the early 20th century. Thankfully an amazing fellow by the name of Ferdinando Delor de Ferrabouc and a few other dedicated Italiano breeders worked diligently to preserve us – we owe him a lot as do our legion of loyal owners.
What do I look like?
So, now let’s talk about our famous good looks. Well you need to think of one of your English bloodhounds crossed with a shorthaired pointer from Germania. That gives you a Bracco. We’re lean and muscular with a long and angular head. Of course we are a hound so we have long pendulous ears, but that adds to our charm I think. I must say they bring out my latino temper when I’m eating – always landing in my food. But I get over it, just like when your spaghetti keeps falling off-a your fork, no?! We’ve got nice long and muscular legs and sturdy feet with a medium-length tail. Our coat is fine, dense and glossy. Arancione is our colour. How you say in English – orange? Sounds better in my language, don’t you think?! We then mix that orange with white and a darker shade of chestnut. The result can be either a speckled or solid-coloured Bracco Italiano.
What do I need from you?
You know what, we have a very happy and easy going nature. So you will of course be surprised to read that we are still natural hunters and retrievers. It means we will need a fair bit of exercise. You may need to make it clear to us what we cannot hunt as our nature is to go with a scent no matter what. We can shed our coat twice a year and do not need a great deal of grooming. But you know what we love more than anything? People. We love being with great people.
What I will give in return
Yes we are Mediterranean in origin, which means we like to live life at our own pace. We like a healthy diet. And of course we love the beach – spiaggia! But when you think of our human counterparts, you think of all that Gallic fire and passion, no? Happily, we don’t share those traits. In fact, we’re as docile and friendly as you can imagine in the dog world. Very rarely do we get – how you say – hot-tempered. We love children and other pets and always want to please those we love. And since we are hound and gun dog, you get the best of both worlds – a pointing dog, that can retrieve with lots of stamina.
How big will I get?
We can grow as tall as 27in (68cm) although that would be quite a large Bracco Italiano. Our weight can vary from 55lb (25kg) to as much as 85lb (40kg).
Disclaimer: the views expressed on this page and any comments below are only a guide to typical traits and views on the breed. Individual circumstance and traits will always vary so we can be in no way responsible for any of the information provided.