Did you know that Italy’s Carnevale takes place in February? Those festivities include lots of parades, parties, and masquerades. That makes this the perfect month to talk about one of Italy’s most iconic and celebrated breeds … the Bracco Italiano. A local vet sheds some light on this lovable pooch in this article from Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair, TX animal hospital.
The Bracco Italiano is a fairly new arrival to the U.S.: they didn’t make it over here until the 1990’s. However, they’ve been around much longer than that. The breed was registered by the Kennel Club Italiano back in 1882. In fact, Fido was its first officially-recognized pooch! The Bracco was accepted into the ranks of another Italian association, the Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Ita, in 1949, and then to the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in 1956.
The Bracco Italiano is a pointer; in fact, it’s among the oldest pointing breeds. While the breed’s exact origin is unknown, they may trace back to crosses between the Asiatic Mastiff and Segugio Italiano. In fact, these mixes are recorded in documents that date back to the 4th or 5th century BC! Today, Fido is known for his stamina and gentle disposition. Often prized as gun dogs, these smart pups are highly trainable. A few other things of note about these majestic pooches? They are the only air-scenting hunting breed, and one of the only trotting hunting breeds.
As far as personality goes, the Bracco Italiano is a hunter through and through, and is a great match for those who enjoy hunting. Fido is extremely smart, and needs lots of activity and stimulation. These guys love playing games like scavenger hunts or Hide and Seek with their humans. Braccos are good with kids, but are a bit independent. As can be expected, they are somewhat prone to running off.
The Bracco is usually hardy. However, like other purebreds, they are prone to a few specific issues. For instance, they are at elevated risk for hip and elbow dysplasia. They are also prone to both eye issues and kidney problems. Braccos fall under the large breed category, so their health and care needs should reflect their size. Ask your vet for specific care tips.
Please contact us at Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair, TX animal hospital, anytime. We are always here to help!