The homeland of this pointing dog, as its name suggests, is Italy. Bracco Italiano is a very old breed. The first who wrote about it was Brunayo Latino, Florentine notary and poet who in 1260 mentions an Italian farm dog with brown-reddish spots – most likely the ancestor of the national Italian Pointing Dog.
Some specialists believe that the breed is a result of crossing between the Asiatic Mastiff and the Segugio Italiano. Others claim that one of the ancestors is the famous Hound of St. Hubert. Probably all the three breeds are somehow involved in the creation of the Italian Pointing Dog.
In the final years of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century these dogs became nearly extinct. However, they were saved by the enormous efforts of the Italian canine specialist Ferdinando Delor de Ferrabouc.
Italian Braque has an athletic body, with well-shaped muscles. The height of the representatives varies between 57 and 66 cm and their weight - between 25 and 40 kg. The muzzle is long, with dangling lips that give serious expression. The ears are large and hanging downwards and the tail is typically docked at half of its length. The coat is short, shiny and thick. The coloration can be white, orange, chestnut or amber.
Character and behavior
The soft and gentle look of the Italian Pointing Dog immediately draws attention and reinforces the impression of his character. His love for the master is as deep as his desire to obtain approval and praise. Nothing easier than that, because while moving at a trot, exploring the terrain, this dog is reallyirresistible, expressing so much grace, harmony and ease that everyone is struck.
Despite the fact that it is hard to distract your puppy from the smells that he finds, he has all the qualities to perform activities other than hunting: search for missing people, work on track, obedience.
Training and education
The Italian Pointing Dog obey the rules and generally not trying to contradict. With tenderness and consistency from day one, your Braque will become a faithful friend. But do not forget that he remains a hunting dog created for intensive movement under the open sky. He needs daily walks, games and small outings outdoors. You should train him from an early to return quickly when you call him. Otherwise, when you're on the field, the sense of smell can take him away from you.
The Italian Pointing Dog is prone to ear problems, hip dysplasia and eye issues. The average life expectancy is about 12 years.
Grooming and care
The breed can be grown in the apartment, but needs regular and long walks and various exercises. The owners should have some experience in breeding dogs, because although it lends itself easily to training, this breed can also be stubborn sometimes. Education must be conducted entirely with positive techniques, patience and praise. The fur of these dogs needs regular brushing to decrease significantlythe falling hair. Bathing is not recommended unless absolutely necessary.
Children and other pets
The Italian Pointing Dog behaves well with kind and educated children. Other dogs and pets are welcome as well.
Dante, Cellini and other great figures of the Renaissance have chosen precisely this dog in the story of some of their works. Noble families, among the most powerful of that era, grew these hounds: for example, Gonzaks and Medici who ruled Mantova and Florence. It's a centuries-old tradition, sufficient evidence of the respect for this great hunting dog, which was also a friend of the family. Today, the breed is still very popular in Italy and puppies for sale are quite expensive.