Paw-Fect Bracco Italiano Dog Facts Kids WIll Love

Bracco Italiano facts about an ancient breed of Italy.

The Bracco Italiano is a dog that originates in Italy. It is known as the Italian pointer pointing dog and is a loyal, affectionate, trainable, playful, and a little stubborn dog. Its roots go much farther back. Originally two types existed simultaneously. The Bracco Italiano dog is popularly known as a hunting dog and its history has been noted in paintings and writings from the 4th and 5th centuries BC.

Health problems that these dogs might face include hip and elbow dysplasia, kidney disease, entropion which is when their eyelids roll inwards. As well as these, because of its deep chest, it is prone to bloating and other gastric problems. The Bracco Italiano Club of America (BICA) was founded in 2007 and the Bracco Italiano is recognized as a purebred dog by the group. This dog was not introduced onto American soil until the 1990s. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes them and approved them to compete in AKC companion and performance since January 2010. In this article, we will take a look at some fun and interesting facts about this unique and family-friendly breed of dogs. If you like this article then take a look at these two fun articles as well Bavarian mountain hound facts and Afghan hound.

Bracco Italiano

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What do they prey on?


What do they eat?


Average litter size?

4-6 puppies

How much do they weigh?

55-88 lb (25-40 kg)

How long are they?

Male: 23-26 in (58-67 cm)

Female: 22-24 in (55-62 cm)

How tall are they?


What do they look like?

White and orange, chestnut, and amber white

Skin Type


What are their main threats?


What is their conservation status?

Not Evaluated

Where you'll find them

Pet shops, rescue groups, and kennel club







Scientific Name

Canis lupus familiaris





Bracco Italiano Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Bracco Italiano?

Italiano the Bracco is a large-sized strong and muscular dog. The Bracco Italiano belongs to the Canidae family.

What class of animal does a Bracco Italiano belong to?

The Italian pointing dog belongs to the mammal classification of species. Their scientific name is Canis lupus familiaris.

How many Bracco Italianos are there in the world?

The exact number of the Bracco Italiano dogs is not accounted for however, they are a popular breed in Italy since ancient times and they have been transported to regions in and around the world. The Bracco Italiano is one of the oldest purebred pointing dog breeds in the world.

Where does a Bracco Italiano live?

The Italiano Bracco is not a farm dog however they were bred for hunting and were used to live in mountains. Years later the dog breed is a popular pet breed that is adopted by owners in and around the world.  These dogs can be trained to be moderate watchdogs.

What is a Bracco Italiano's habitat?

The Bracco Italiano is adaptable to both summer and winter climates and resides in houses, shelter homes, a dog park, and pet shops. They are purebred dogs and are known as the versatile gun dog category. They adapt easily to all family members and are prone to bark if they see strangers. Keeping them in apartments is acceptable as long as they have good access to outdoor spaces to play and move around.

Who do Bracco Italianos live with?

These dogs don't like being left alone for long periods of time. They are active dogs and have high energy levels, therefore, making them good with children once they are trained to be around them. They tend to bark when they see other pet animals like dogs, cats, or any other beings hence if other pet animals are raised alongside them they tend to adapt more easily. Good training can help these dogs develop respect even towards cats. They view pocket pets and birds as prey so it's good to avoid them from being in a close range with these animals. If you do however have birds or poultry animals, don't worry. If trained, the Bracco Italiano won't chase them away.

How long does a Bracco Italiano live?

The Bracco Italiano is also known as the versatile gun dog and lives approximately 12-13 years. These dogs are one of the oldest living pointing breeds of dogs. This can be affected by different factors like their diet, exercise, and other factors like their environment. To preserve genetic diversity the two variations of the breed were combined and a height chosen in the new standard that ranged from the minimum height of the light Bracco Italiano to the maximum height of the heavy Bracco Italiano.

How do they reproduce?

The Bracco Italiano is a dog breed that was developed by the cross between a Segugio Italiano and an Asiatic mastiff which is now an extinct species. These dogs can reproduce within themselves and post-mating the female goes through a gestation period and gives birth to four to six Bracco Italiano puppies. A Bracco Italiano puppy is active and gets along with children instantly. However, most owners who own a male dog get them castrated before adopting them to avoid any further complications, and the Bracco Italiano puppy is castrated when it's small itself. Castration should not be performed however if the dog is kept for breeding purposes.  

What is their conservation status?

Dogs of the Bracco species are considered as a Not Evaluated species by the International Union For Conservation Of Nature (IUCN). This is not because of any specific reasons. As per records by the end of the 19th century, they faced extinction at one point in time but were revived by the Societa Amitori Bracco Italiano and an Italian breeder named Ferdinando Delor de Ferrabouc.

Bracco Italiano Fun Facts

What do Bracco Italianos look like?

Bracco Italianos are dogs with a high energy level and are easy to train. They have long ears and the ears are usually bend downwards, droopy lips, and pointed dog face along with a short dense coat on their body which is usually white with orange in parts of other colors like chestnut, and amber white. Their jowls are well developed. Although they originate in Italy, hence the name, they are seen in various parts of the world including the United States. The Bracco Italiano often moves with an interesting extended trot.  

The Bracco Italiano is seen in colors white with orange, chestnut, and amber white.

How cute are they?

The Bracco dogs are extremely cute and adorable, especially as a puppy. They are known as the Italian pointer and are the oldest type of pointer breeds. The Bracco Italiano is a loyal, affectionate, and playful pet. If trained they can be calm dog breed. They love to play hide and seek as well as games like fetch.

How do they communicate?

Italiano the Bracco communicates just like other dogs by barking. They can be loud around strangers and stray animals so it's a good idea to keep them away from the same. There are different variations to the barking as well. As a puppy, they are seen groaning as well as whining at times. Through training, the Bracco Italiano dog pet learns to follow commands if taught over a period of time and become loyal companions who are also good with children.  

How big is a Bracco Italiano?

The male Bracco Italiano dog size is 23-26 in (58-67 cm) and can grow up to long height, while the female Bracco Italiano dog size is 22-24 in (55-62 cm) which is ten times bigger than the smallest dog breed by length called heaven-sent brandy who is 5.9 in long, which is 15.2 cm. The heaven-sent brandy dog breed has made an appearance in the Guinness book of world records.

How fast can a Bracco Italiano run?

The Bracco Italiano can run at moderate speeds since they are primarily classified as hunting dogs in the 4th and 5th centuries and are recognized by the Bracco Italiano Club of America. The Bracco Italiano should not be overly strained else this can harm their health internally as well as externally. They are not meant to run fast.

How much does a Bracco Italiano weigh?

Both male and female Bracco Italiano dogs weigh the same. The Bracco males and females are 55-88 lb (25-40 kg). The Bracco Italiano is also known as the gun dog and is an active dog breed.

What are their male and female names of the species?

Male dogs are referred to as dogs while females are referred to as a bitch however, they can be addressed as dogs themselves or by their pet names. The male and female Bracco Italiano dogs' height differs from each other and this is a good way to identify the two. Apart from this, they also differ in reproductive functions which can be identified by consulting a professional.  

What would you call a baby Bracco Italiano?

A baby Bracco Italiano is referred to as a puppy when born. As pets, there is a list of boy and girl names as well as gender-neutral names which you can decide on based on your choice as an owner if and when you decide to adopt them as pets.

What do they eat?

These dogs consume eggs, fish, ham, bread, cashews, cheese, coconut, corn, milk as well as kibble food. These dogs have a tendency to gain weight easily hence their weight needs to be recorded from time to time as well as monitored through exercise. They have a tendency to run behind birds and pocket animals as well.

Are they slobbery?

It does have some tendencies to drool and can get slobbery but this can be taken care of by keeping bib or mat near areas where they eat or drink since this is when they are most likely to drool.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes, they make great pets. Bracco Italiano puppies cost $1300-$1600. This excludes medical expenses and other miscellaneous expenses. Their coat is usually white and orange but their coat color may vary. The puppies are extremely cute and adorable and they grow up to be loyal, affectionate, and playful beings. They have a high energy level hence it's good to ensure that they have adequate space to run and play around. The Bracco Italiano is calm and obedient in the home if they have a calm and patient trainer at home who is gentle and stern with them as necessary.  The Bracco Italiano should not be left alone for long periods of time. These dog breeds have certain health problems like hip and elbow dysplasia but these can be regulated through regular visits to the vet and timely treatment. These dogs are also sensitive to anesthesia so it's essential to consult a professional before they are given the same.

These dogs have a good coat and can shed occasionally and need grooming from time to time. Other grooming requirements also include the trimming of nails, brushing their teeth, and examining their short dense coat, paws, and ears specifically for any form of infection. The Italian pointing dog is easy to train and is good with children and other family members. Experienced pet owners would enjoy the company of this pet animal. They have been recognized by the American Kennel Club. The Italian pointer is instinctively capable of hunting and through training, they can become loyal companions.  

Did you know...

The United Kennel Club recognized the Bracco Italiano, also known as the hunting dog, in the year 2006. Apart from this, other groups and organizations also recognize them including the Bracco Italiano Club. They are active, playful beings and can be calm-tempered dogs as well.

The Bracco Italiano dog breed was introduced 15 years before in the United States than in the United Kingdom.

These dog breeds were considered extinct by the end of the nineteenth century at one point in time but were revived by Societa Amitori Bracco Italiano and an Italian breeder named Ferdinando Delor de Ferrabouc.

In Italian, the plural of Bracco is Bracchi.

Comparable breeds to this unique species are the English pointer and Spinone Italiano. Italian dogs can be seen at Italian events for hunting and working dogs.  

History of the Bracco Italiano

Originally two types existed simultaneously. The Bracco Italiano dog is popularly known as a hunting dog and its history has been noted in paintings and writings from the 4th and 5th centuries BC. The Bracco Italiano is a dog that originates in Italy. Italian officials gifted foreign dignitaries the Bracco Italiano to hunt feathered game. Originally used to find and point game that was captured by nets, it has evolved over the years into a shooting dog, also known as the gun dog. The Bracco Italiano is a purebred dog and is now present in and around the world as well as in the United States. The Bracco Italiano Club of America maintains a list of breeders and recognizes the Bracco Italiano as a popular dog breed whose coat color is usually white and orange but is also seen in chestnut, and amber white coat colors.

The basics of Bracco Italiano grooming

These dogs have a white and orange coat, though the colors may vary, it's the same type and can shed occasionally and needs to be groomed from time to time. Other grooming requirements also include trimming of nails, brushing their teeth, and examining their short dense coat, paws, and ears specifically for any form of infection. These dogs are not hypoallergenic in nature.

The Italiano Bracco dog breed may have health problems that may arise from various factors like genetics and also depend on their diet and exercise. These health problems however can be controlled through regular health examinations. The Italiano Bracco is a loyal, affectionate, trainable, playful being and will be a perfect companion to all if taken care of properly. Ensure that you research well about all groups of dogs to find the one that will be the best pet for you. Some rescue groups that exist are the Wright Way Rescue and Angels Among Us Pet Rescue which are likely to have these breeds available to adopt as pets. It is preferable to adopt dogs and give them a friendly home, rather than to buy them.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals including Dogo Argentino, or Spinone Italiano.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Bracco italiano coloring pages.



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