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Bracco Italiano (Side View, Head)
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Breed Information


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Name Bracco Italiano
Other names Italian Pointer, Italian Pointing Dog, Bracco
Origin Italy
Breed Group Hound

Gun dogs (UKC)

Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 11-13 years








Male: 23–26 inches (58–67 cm)

Female: 22–24 inches (55–62 cm)

Weight 25–40 kg (55–88 lb)

Orange & White

White & Chestnut

White & Amber


Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $2000 - $2500 USD

Bracco Italianos are still a somewhat rare breed in the United States. This can make it both difficult and expensive to find a puppy to buy. In buying to a legit Breeder you can expect to pay $2000 – $2500 to Bracco Italiano puppies.

Breed Characteristics


4 stars

Apartment Friendly

3 stars

Barking Tendencies

3 stars


Cat Friendly

2 stars

A Bracco can be companionable with other animals, if raised with them. Puppies raised with cats usually respect them. Otherwise, it may take some time for them to learn to get along with a new cat or not to chase outdoor cats. Pocket pets and birds may always be viewed as prey, so it’s best to keep them separated. If you have chickens or other poultry, your Bracco can learn not to chase them, but he will probably always point them.

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

3 stars

Bracco Italianos have average needs for exercise. The Bracco Italiano requires frequent human interaction.


2 stars

Low Maintenance: Infrequent grooming is required to maintain upkeep.

Health Issues

2 stars

Hypoallergenic: Unknown


3 stars

Ranking: (N/A) Full Ranking List


3 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!

Stranger Friendly

3 stars


3 stars

Moderately Easy Training: The Bracco Italiano is easy to train. They are very sensitive to harsh treatment, so excessive strictness is not recommended. They learn very quickly and are extremely adaptable, making them perfect for hunting.

Watchdog Ability

3 stars

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Bracco Italiano Puppy (Puppies, Face)
Puppies, Face

Bracco Italiano Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Buddy Molly
02 Max Bella
03 Toby Coco
04 Jack Luna
05 Hank Kona
06 Brody Ellie
07 Rocco Callie
08 Oscar Stella
09 Finn Minnie
10 Boomer Penny
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Bracco - or Italian Pointer- should be athletic and powerful in appearance, most resembling a cross between a German Shorthaired Pointer and a Bloodhound, although it is nothing like them in character. It has pendulous upper lips and long ears that create a serious expression. It should be "almost square", meaning that its height at the withers should be almost the same as the length of its body. It should not however be actually square as this would render its famous rear driving push off and front/rear extension to be compromised, thus losing much of its powerful grace. The tail can be docked, mostly due to the strong possibility of injury in rough/dense terrain when hunting, however there has been a sea-change in Italy, with some now working the breed with full tail.

Braccos are very much a people-loving dog and thrive on human companionship, having a strong need to be close to their people. They are a particularly good family dog, and many have a strong love of children. They get along well with other dogs and pets, if trained to do so - it is, afterall, a hunting breed - and must be taught what to chase and what not to. They are very willing to please as long as they have decided that your idea is better than theirs. Obedience training is a must for a Bracco, and the more is asked of them, the better they do. Harsh reprimands do not work with this breed unless the reprimand is a fair one - and harshness must occasionally be used with some dogs to remind them who is actually in charge. Although not an aggressive breed, many Braccos will alert if there is a reason, and some will bark or growl if there's a good reason. The breed loves to hunt, and they excel at it - in fact, a non-hunting Bracco is not a happy Bracco, and will act out in various other ways. Hunting without a gun (as in NAVHDA - this group does not even allow a handler to carry a gun during trials) is an area in which the Bracco can excel and this can be a great opportunity for training the dog to connect with the owner. They are an active breed, but require more mental exercise than physical exercise to keep them happy. A Bracco owner can teach games like hide-and-seek (an object or person) which fits into the breed's original and current usage, and keeps them mentally active.


The Bracco Italiano was developed in Italy as a pointing dog. Originally used to find and point game that was captured by nets, it has evolved over the years into a fine upland shooting dog. The Bracco Italiano was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.


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