Bracco Italiano (Italian Pointer)
Bracco Italiano Dogs
Canes Venatici Kennel
Izabela & Piotr (Peter) Kisielinski
We live 35 miles north-west of Chicago, Illinois. We own 4 Bracco Italiano dogs – one of the oldest gundog breed.
The Bracco Italiano originated in Italy, and there are writings concerning the breed that date back to the 4th and 5th centuries BC. It is believed to be a cross between a Segugio Italiano (a coursing hound) and the Asiatic Mastiff. There are two variations of the breed created for different coloring. The first originated in Piedmont (known as the Piedmontese Pointer). The other originated in Lombardy (known as the Lombard Pointer). The Bracco thrived during the Renaissance era, bred by both the Medici and Gonzaga families. They were sought out by the aristocracy and used to hunt feathered game. At the end of the 1800s and the early 1900s the breed nearly became extinct. It was saved primarily by the efforts of the Italian breeder Ferdinando Delor de Ferrabouc. The Italian standard for the breed was released in 1949. It came to England in 1988. It is practically unheard of by most in the United States. However it has a small, but staunch, group of supporters here.
Bracco Italiano, also known as Italian Pointer, is a large (55-85 lbs) and gentle working gundog.
The average Bracco will mature at age 2-3 and usually lives to about 12-13.
While Bracco is the most hound-like of all the gundogs breeds, facially more akin to a bloodhound or basset hound, Bracco boasts a true gundog nature; they are stylish and enthusiastic hunter, flaunting a superb sense of smell and ability to hold a staunch point and retrieve keenly to hand.
This breed is suitable as a family dog if provided with sufficient training and exercise – although they are more suited to a country life, they can adapt to an apartment life (if the exercise is frequent and plentiful). Bracco Italiano can be a strong worker in the field, but rest easy with a docile temperament at home.
Bracco Italiano are very much people loving dogs. They thrive on human companionship and have a need to be close to their people. The breed bonds closely with its family. It is affectionate and loyal. They are very willing to please. Bracchi love to play and they get along well with other pets. Bracchi are wonderful companion dogs, but they are at their happiest when doing a job. These dogs love to hunt, and they excel at it. The Bracco is highly trainable, but can be stubborn. Harsh reprimands do not work with this breed.
Their attitude towards strangers is friendly with little caution, and most of them will warn of approaching strangers.
Bracco Italiano like to please their owner