The Italian Braco (Bracco or Italian pointer) It is a breed of dog native of North Italy. There were two varieties, an of the Piedmont and another of Lombardy. Today, the race is one only, and the official standard was published in 1949 for the S.A.B.I. (Società Amatori Bracco Italiano) in Lodi, Lombardy.
As historical information is important to remember the work done by the leading breeder and international judge of dogs, Knight and Commander Paolo Ciceri, who before World War II (and subsequently to it) He made a thorough job with the race to maintain the standard of this. Paolo Ciceri, He was President and one of the founders of S.A.B.I and considered the father of the Italian Braco. Many books were written by this man and until his death, His kennel dogs, “Dei Ronchi”, they were considered the standard of the breed. Some of them were even introduced to America by his son Giancarlo Ciceri.
Braco Italian originated in Italy, and there are writings on race dating back to the 4th centuries and V before Christ. It is believed that it is a cross between an Italian hound and an Asian Mastiff. Others claim that the breed can be traced back to the St. Hubert dog.
There were two variants of the race. The first originated in Piedmont, and for that reason known as the Piedmont Braco. The other originated in Lombardy, and it was known as the Braco in Lombardy:
- The Braco of Piedmont was lighter in body, probably due to the mountainous terrain there, the color of the coat is smooth.
- The Braco in Lombardy was dark and thicker body. He settled well in the middle ages. The Braco flourished during the Renaissance and was raised by the Medici and Gonzaga families.
They were dogs sought after by the aristocracy, and were used to hunt birds. Late 19th century and early 20th century the breed nearly became extinct. Lately, has done everything possible to keep the race, above all by the combined efforts of Italian Ferdinando Delor, Ferrabouc breeder, and the work developed by Paolo Ciceri during the first and second world war.
Today, It is a rare dog in his native country and is virtually unknown in other countries.
Braco Italian should be athletic and powerful in its appearance, more like a cross between a German Shorthaired Pointer and a hound, but in matters, differs much from the race mentioned.
It has hanging upper lips and long ears that create a serious expression. His body should be “almost square”, which means that its height to the cross should be almost the same as the length of his body. However, It should not be actually square as this would lose much of its powerful grace. The tail can be can be cut, Although this is controversial in Italy.
The fur is short, dense and glossy. The texture must be pretty hard, Although somewhat softer in the head, the neck, the ears, legs and feet. Moulting occurs twice a year, and brushing helps in the Elimination of dead hairs layer.
The fur consists of the different combination of three colors: white, Orange and Brown, years. At that time, You can find copies of the following keys: White and orange, Orange and Brown, Brown with patches of another colour (white or orange) in the face, the ears, the base of tail and body. The black color is not supported.
The weight of the Italian Braco is of 25 to 40 kg. The height at the cross in the males is of 58 to 67 cm. and in the females of 55 to 62 cm..
It is a dog friendly, energetic and playful. She loves other dogs, loves to play, is an active race, is necessary to carry out physical exercise, to feel happy and have a balanced mind. They get along well with children.
The training of a Bracco requires patience and a quiet nature, next to the coach.
Other British breeds of show are more likely to search for the presence of prey with high speed, However the Bracco Italiano is slower, but on the other hand it can be used on any type of terrain, both mountainous and plain. It is very smart with a surprising ability to learn.
It can be an excellent pet, because of its docile nature.
- Alternative names: Bracco italiano, Braque italien, Italienischer vorstehhund, Italian pointing dog
- Group 7 / Section 1.1 – Continental show dogs, tipo braco
Dogs breeds: Italian Braco