One of the oldest pointing breeds, the Bracco Italiano or Italian Pointer was developed in Italy as a gun dog in the Middle ages to hunt feathered game and was bred by both the Medici and Gonzaga families.
There are two varieties of Bracco Italiano. The first originated in Piedmont and was known as the Piedmontese Pointer. The other originated in Lombardy and was known as the Lombard Pointer. The Bracco Italiano from Piedmont is lighter in color and physique than the Lombard variety.
Weight: 25–40 kg (55–88 lb)
Height: Male: 58–67 cm (23–26 in) Female: 55–62 cm (22–24 in)
Coat: Short, dense and glossy.
Color: White or white with orange, amber or chestnut markings.
Life span: 12–13 years
Temperament: Affectionate, Loyal, Companionship, Playful.
Health: No major health issues. Breeders should screen their stock for hip and elbow dysplasia, eye anomalies such as entropion, ectropion, and cataracts, and kidney disorders such as renal amyloidosis.
• In the late 19th century / early 20th century the breed nearly became extinct.
FCI: Group 7, Section 1.1 Continental Pointing Dogs: Pointer type #202