Before anyone buys a dog they are first attracted to them through some exposure. It could be television, a magazine, movies, or a friend’s dog. Bracco Italianos are very rare dogs and have an appeal to many types of people. To some, the attraction is merely their looks. To others, it’s their temperament. And of course to many it is their ability to hunt. We always try to place dogs in homes where they will thrive and mature into good canines while hoping that each pup gets to do what it has been bred for: hunting upland birds. Now that is not to say that this the only type of home our pups have been placed in. Our major consideration in placing pups is that the person or family understands what they are getting into.
Like all sporting dogs, the Bracco needs room to exercise and they need stimulation and exposure to all of their surroundings. The more you can do at home and away with your dog will help it become part of its new pack. I make this very clear to interested people who have not owned a dog in the past. Once a dog is brought into the home, it becomes that dog’s pack. He or she may be part of your family but to them you’re part of a pack. Just like with canines in the wild, they need to understand boundaries, rules, and who is in charge. When these rules are followed I believe that there is not a better house and family dog anywhere. The Bracco is a friendly, loving, and at times drooling clown. It will always make you laugh, and always keep you on your toes. They are very good with children and even tend to guard their homes with one of the deepest barks in the entire dog world. However, they are never aggressive towards human and typically get along very well with other pets.
There is no need to go into the deep history of the Bracco Italiano that one can find on Wikipedia or through a Google search. Yes, they are a very old breed of hunting dog predating the use of gunpowder. However, in addition to their loving manner and ability to become a great family member they possess one other very important quality. Cooperation. Insight gained from judging dogs in the field has taught me that cooperation is the most important quality of a personal gun dog. A dog can have a great nose and all the desire in the world, but without natural cooperation there is no teamwork. These dogs love to hunt, but more importantly they love to hunt with you. Cooperation in a dog is an invisible bond of mutual knowledge and trust. This type of dog is self assured and its work displays purpose.