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Dabl At Home Dec 2020
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Meet The American Kennel Club’s 200th Dog Breed: The Bracco Italiano

The Bracco Italiano is a hunting dog from Italy that has just been recognized as the American Kennel Club’s 200th dog breed.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has just announced a big milestone. In a recent press release, the AKC announced that it was adding the 200th breed to its ranks by recognizing the Bracco Italiano on its registry. As the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, the AKC is known for tracking and ranking dog breeds. While dog lovers across the nation and world recognize all breeds, when it comes to competing in one of the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) more than 22,000 annual sporting events, competitions, and dog shows, then breed does matter! 

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As you may have guessed from the name, the Bracco Italiano originated in Northern Italy. Its name actually translates to “Italian Hound” or “Italian Pointer”. This ancient breed has likely been around since the 4th and 5th centuries B.C. and was primarily owned by noble Italian families and used for hunting. The dogs’ original purpose was to drive game into nets or flush birds and other prey from falconers. Once hunting with guns became more popular, the breed transitioned into gun dogs who would retrieve game for their owners. But despite its extensive history, this breed wasn’t brought to the United States until the 1990s. 

Because of its hunting roots, the AKC placed the Bracco Italiano into its sporting group with other high-energy breeds known for their strong senses and hunting skills. The AKC goes on to describe this breed as “gentle in the home and tireless in the field.” These large athletic dogs are recognized by their muscular heads and bodies and lean limbs that give them seemingly endless power, strength, and endurance while out in the field. They have extremely high energy levels and love to play or work. 

Because these dogs were bred for a purpose, they need a purpose, or at least plenty of exercise, to be happy and obedient as part of the average family. Dog owners should plan to give their dog around two hours of vigorous exercise per day with activities like hiking, jogging, walking, or swimming. But when these dogs get enough exercise, they do make affectionate and loving family dogs. These loyal and intelligent dogs thrive on human companionship and aren’t very difficult to train. When socialized properly from a young age, these dogs can become gentle and willing companions for children and smaller pets in the home. 

Although these dogs can weigh between 55 to 90 pounds, they also aren’t too hard to manage when it comes to grooming. Bracco Italianos have fur that is short and dense, and they don’t shed very much. They only really require a quick brush once a week or so to keep them looking and feeling their best. Regardless, those white and orange coats are too cute to resist! 

Now that the AKC has recognized the Bracco Italiano as an official breed, we hope we get to see more of these awesome dogs around! Ciao for now! 

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