The Bracco Italiano has finally landed in America. A beautiful new breed of dog landed at LaGuardia Airport this week and once it hit the tarmac for the press photos, a soft but audible bark resonated all over North America, and translated, it said: ‘Buongiorno a tutti.’ Of course none of this happened, but I figured it’d get your attention. What did happen though, was the AKC finally recognized the Bracco Italiano as its 200th breed of dog.
According to Rocadog on YouTube (video below), the Bracco Italiano has been around since the middle ages. Now to give you an idea, that means while good old Shakespeare was writing his tragedies and comedies—maybe even Romeo and Juliet itself—there were probably a few Bracco Italianos running around the courtyard and barking way into the night while good old William was trying to meet his writing deadlines….
But as stated above, the American Kennel Club has finally allowed this breed into the mix, which is of course excellent news.
Interestingly enough, they are the perfect hunting dog, also known as gun dogs, but at the same time they are perfect and loyal dogs for families and are great with children. They are cuddly, but if on the hunting grounds, they are excellent retrievers.
They are best kept when properly exercised and trained. It’s important to make their brains work, so training them for show is especially good, or rather they are good for such endeavors, but if those aren’t exactly in your list of goals, then they make great pets for families, just make sure to keep them in plenty of exercise and play with them as much as you cuddle them.
It’s a very special addition to the AKC because the Bracco Italiano is the 200th member of the elite group.
So why did the breed finally make the cut, so to speak? Well, the breed met the standard decided by the AKC, which specifies that the breed should be: “tough and adapted to all types of hunting, reliable, docile and intelligent…”
Lisa Moller, a Bracco Italiano mommy herself, said on their behalf:
"“They’re very easy to live with and be around, and yet it’s like a light switch—when it’s time to jump in the back of the truck and go hunting, and they’ve got a job, they just light up like a Christmas tree…”via CTV News (link further below)"
And it is according to the official site of the AKC that states that the dog is affirmatively good with other dogs, good with young children and affectionate with family, seconding our other sources above.
They also get pretty big, although they start off as adorable little puppies, and their character traits are shown when very young as well…if a tad rambunctious you’ll see it then—early. If they’ll be calm when in teenage years to adult, it’ll be seen early as well.
According to a piece at CTV News, the breed wasn’t brought over to North America until the mid-nineties, which is of course interesting and obviously may have led to the late entry into the AKC…and all despite its existence since the times of good old Shakespeare, as mentioned above.
And for the aforementioned few that have adopted these dogs, they can now be entered into the Westminster Kennel Club because of this inclusion in the AKC…the breed ultimately being recognized, which is perfect because they train well for such endeavors, as mentioned above. So in the end, great news all around. We should see an influx of the breed in North America soon enough.
Do any of you have a Bracco Italiano, dear readers? If so, let us know your adoption story, and do you plan on training him or her for show?