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Italian Pointer

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Italian pointer (or bracco italiano) is a faithful companion that loves to spend time with its owners. It was originally a hunting dog and it is therefore important to obedience train the dog so it knows what to chase and what not to chase. It is one of the oldest Italian hunting dogs.

Character and behaviour
The Italian pointer is suitable as a family dog and it loves to spend time with its owners. It is also good with children. Socialising the dog is important if it needs to thrive with other dogs or pets.

In addition, it is important to attend obedience training with a pointer. The Italian pointer is very independent which means the owner has to be consistent but gentle when training the dog.

The Italian pointer is first and foremost a hunting dog. In case it is not possible to go hunting it is important to stimulate it by other means. Its need for exercise is considered medium. Instead, it has a great need for mental stimulation. That can be accommodated through obedience training or running free; letting the dog sniff around. It is not suitable as a guard dog, but will alert you if it finds it necessary.

History of the breed
Italian pointer originates from Italy and can be dated back to the 4th and the 5th century. It was used as a hunting dog. Given that rifles did not exist it was exclusively used for tracking bird game, point, and then flushing the game into the hunter’s net. It is said that the Italian pointer is a descendant of the hunting breed Segugio italiano and Asian mastiff.

The pointer was especially popular among the aristocrats. After the world worlds it was on the brink of extinction but was re-established and is known both in and outside Italy today.

Appearance, grooming and health
Italian pointer is a large athletic dog with a powerful appearance. The head is long and narrow. The upper lip and the long ears are hanging down. The body is long and muscular and almost appear rectangular. The nose varies in colour from brown to reddish. The eyes are oval and dark.

Italian pointer is 22-26 inches tall and weighs 66-88 pounds.

The coat is short, dense, and smooth. It only requires minimal grooming. Italian pointer can vary in colour; it can be all white, white with orange, brown, have amber markings or be speckled with chestnut brown. A coat with three colours or black in it is considered a flaw.

The Italian pointer may be inclined to suffer from eye problems, hip dysplasia, kidney problems, or bloat. Life expectancy is 12-13 years.

What you should know about the breed:

  • Suitable hunting dog
  • Requires mental stimulation daily
  • Good with children
  • Suitable as a family dog
  • Independent breed

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