The Bracco Italiano is a pretty unusual dog in most parts of the world. They’re white dogs, often with patches of brown, and have floppy ears and a body that’s almost shaped like a square. They have a short coat, but do shed a lot, so be careful about that, as people often assume short coats are better for allergies — which simply isn’t the case.
These smart dogs are gentle and affectionate with their families, but they’re also full of energy. If you aren’t prepared to meet their needs every day, they aren’t the dog for you. They don’t tend to do well in apartments as they need space to run. Having a large outdoor space is absolutely essential. The good news is, since they’re so intelligent, it doesn’t tend to be difficult to train them to have good leash manners and walk nicely beside you.
As they’re intelligent, they’ll also need plenty of mental stimulation. You should be prepared to continue their training every day and make sure they have plenty to do. If a dog this energetic has nothing to do, they may take it out on your furniture and your home!
Bracco Italiano – An Energetic Dog
One thing to be wary of is the fact that this dog is a hunting dog. While they love their people and are even gentle with kids, they don’t tend to be great with smaller animals. That hunting drive can just be too strong! It’s not impossible for them to live with cats, but it’s not recommended. They should never be left alone unsupervised with smaller animals.
A fun fact about this breed is that they were the first breed to be registered to the equivalent of the American Kennel Club in Italy way back in 1882. They’re essentially the original dog of Italy! The Bracco Italiano is a stunning beauty.