(Bracco Italiano)



FCI-Standard N° 202   /  07. 08. 1998  / GB


TRANSLATION : Mrs Peggy Davis.

ORIGIN : Italy.


UTILIZATION : Pointing dog.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. :     Group     7   Pointing Dogs.
                                                  Section 1.1   Continental Pointing Dogs, type « Braque ».
                                                  With working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : This dog of ancient Italian origin used for bird hunting has modelled itself and developed over the ages; from the hunting of yesteryear by means of nets, he has adapted himself to the present hunting and shooting.  Frescoes from the 14th century are proof of the indisputable timelessness of the Italian pointer over the centuries, whether either regarding his morphology or his aptitudes at hunting as a pointing dog.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Of strong and harmonious construction, powerful appearance.  The preferred subjects are those with lean limbs, well developed muscles, well defined lines with a markedly sculpted head and a very obvious lower orbital chiselling, elements which all contribute to give distinction to this breed.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS : Length of the body is the same or a little more than the height at the withers.  Length of head is equal to 4/10 of the height at the withers; its width, measured at the level of the zygomatic arches, is less than half its length.  Skull and muzzle are of equal length.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Tough and adapted to all types of hunting, reliable, endowed with an excellent ability to understand, docile and easy to train.

HEAD : Angular and narrow at the level of the zygomatic arches; its length corresponds to 4/10 of the height at the withers; the middle of its length is at the level of a line which unite the inner angles of both eyes.  The upper longitudinal axes of the skull and muzzle are divergent, i.e. if extending the top line of the muzzle, this one must emerge in front of the occipital protuberance, ideally at mid-length of the skull.

Skull : Seen in profile, the skull is in the shape of a very open arch.  Seen from the top, it forms lengthwise an elongated ellipse.  The width of the skull, measured at the level of the zygomatic arches, should not exceed half of the length of the head.  The bulge of the forehead and the supraorbital ridges are perceptible.  The frontal groove is visible and ends at mid-length of the skull.  The interparietal crest is short and not very prominent.  The occipital protuberance is pronounced.
Stop : Not pronounced.

Nose : Voluminous, with large well opened nostrils, protrudes slightly over the lips with which it forms an angle. Colour : More or less pink to flesh-colour or brown, depending on the colour of the coat.
Muzzle : Foreface either slightly arched or straight.  Its length is equal to half of the length of the head and its depth measures 4/5 of its length.  Seen from the front, the lateral sides of the muzzle converge slightly, still presenting a foreface of good width.  The chin not very apparent.
Lips : Upper lips well developed, thin and floppy without being flaccid, covering the jaw; seen in profile, they overlap the lower jaw slightly.  Seen from the front, they form an inverted « V » below the nose; the corner of the lips must be marked without being droopy.
Jaws/Teeth : Dental arches well adapted, with the teeth square to the jaw; scissor bite - pincer bite is also acceptable.
Cheeks : Lean.
Eyes : Semi-lateral position with a soft and submissive expression, neither deep set nor prominent.  Eyes fairly large, eyelids oval-shaped and close fitting (no entropion or ectropion).  The iris is of a more or less dark ochre or brown colour depending on the coat colour.
Leathers : Well developed, in length they should, without being stretched, reach the tip of the nose.  Their width is at least equal to half their length; raised only very slightly; base rather narrow, set rather backwards at level of zygomatic arches; a supple ear with a front rim well turned inwards and really close to the cheek is appreciated; the lower extremity of the ear ends in a slightly rounded tip.


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NECK : Powerful, in truncated cone shape, length not less than 2/3 of the length of the head, well detached from the nape.  The throat shows a soft double dewlap.

Topline : The upper profile of the back is made up of two lines : one, almost straight, slopes from the withers to the 11th dorsal vertebra; the other is slightly arched, joining with the line of the rump.
Withers : Well defined, with the points of the shoulder-blades well separated.
Loin : Wide lumbar region, muscled, short and slightly convex.
Croup : Long (about 1/3 of the height at the withers), broad and well muscled; the ideal pelvic angulation (angle formed by the pelvic girdle with a horizontal line) is 30°.  Pelvis wide.
Chest : Broad, deep and well let down to level of elbows, without forming a keel, with well sprung ribs, particularly in their lower part, and sloping.
Underline : Lower profile almost horizontal in its ribcage part, rising slightly in its abdominal part.

TAIL : Thick at the base, straight, with a slight tendency to taper; hair short.  When the dog is in action and especially when questing, is carried horizontally or nearly like that.  Should be docked at 15-25 cm from the root.


Shoulders : Strong, well muscled, long and sloping, very free in their movement.
Upper arm : Sloping, fitting to the ribcage.
Elbow : The point of the elbow should be on perpendicular line from the rear point of the shoulder-blade to the ground.
Forearm : Strong, straight, with strong and well marked sinews.
Pasterns : Well proportioned, lean, of good length and slightly sloping.
Front feet : Strong, slightly oval shaped; well arched and tight toes, with strong nails well curved towards the ground.  Colour of nails is white, yellow or brown, of a more or less dark shade depending on the colour of the coat; pads elastic and lean.

Upper thigh : Long, parallel, muscular, with a rear edge almost straight.
Lower thigh : Strong.
Hocks : Wide.
Metatarsus : Relatively short and lean.
Hind feet : With all the characteristics of the front feet; they have dewclaws, the absence of which is not a fault.  Double dewclaw is tolerated.

GAIT / MOVEMENT : Extended and fast trot, with powerful impulsion from the hindquarters; head raised, nose held high in such a way that, when hunting, the nose is higher than the topline.

SKIN : Tough but elastic; finer on the head, the throat, the armpits and on the lower parts of the body.  The visible mucous membranes must be of a corresponding colour with the coat, but never show black spots.  The mucous membranes of the mouth are pink; in the roans or white and chestnut coloured dogs they sometimes show brown or pale chestnut spotting.


HAIR : Short, dense and glossy, finer and shorter on the head, the ears, front part of the legs and feet.


  • White.
  • White with patches of varied size of an orange or more or less dark amber colour.
  • White with more or less large chestnut patches.
  • White speckled with pale orange (melato).
  • White speckled with chestnut (roano-marrone).  In this last combination, a metallic sheen is appreciated, and a warm shade of chestnut is preferred, recalling the colour of a monk’s frock.

A symmetrical facial mask is preferred, but the absence of a mask is tolerated.

Height at the withers : Between 55 and 67 cm.
Preferred size for males    : 58 - 67 cm.
Preferred size for females : 55 - 62 cm.
Weight : Between 25 and 40 kg depending on size.

FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.


  • Aggresive or overly shy.
  • Convergence of cranial-facial axes.
  • Split nose.
  • Accentuated undershot mouth, overshot mouth.
  • Wall eye.
  • Coat black, white and black, tricolour, fawn, hazel, unicolor, with tan markings.
  • Absence of pigmentation (Albinism).
  • Mucous membranes, skin and annexes with traces of black.
  • Size of 2 cm above or below the limits indicated in the standard.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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In a generalized manner

Its harmonic structure but strongly, of vigorous aspect. The muscles are very find and the head to you very cesellata. Resistant and adapted nearly every kind of hunting, docile, intelligent and learns with a lot facilit its wide and fast trot, with powerful push of posterior and the high portamento of the head.


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General aspect of the dog

Strong and harmonic construction with vigorous aspect. Preferred the salienti subjects with dry limbs, muscles, lines very defined nonch head carved with obvious chisel sub-orbit them, elements these that confer distinction to the race.

Important proportions

The height to the varied garrese between 55 and i 67 cm. The length of the equal log to the Height or to read advanced mind. Total length of the equal head to the 4/10 of the Height, its width measured to arched zigomatiche the inferior to met dela the total length: skull and snout of equal length.

Behavior and character

Resistant and adapted to whichever kind of hunting, serious, intelligent, docile with large capacit of learning.


Angular, tightened to the zigomatiche arched ones, its length measure the 4/10 of the Height; met of the total length it falls on the leader line of the inner angles of the eyes. The aces skull-facciali are between of divergent they, that is extending the advanced line of the snout it must pass ahead to the apophysis occipita them and optimal to met of the longitudinal advanced line of the skull.

  1. Cranial region

    The skull, approval of profile, much open has the shape of an arc. Approval from the high shape, in longitudinal sense, one lengthened ellipse. The width of the skull, measured in correspondence of the zigomatiche arched ones, does not exceed met of the total length of the head. The cheeks are dry. The frontal breasts and the sopracciliari arched ones are marked purch the stop remain little pronounced. I furrow visible facade and finishes to met of the skull, little found the short interparietale crest and. Pronounced the swell occipita them.

  2. Region makes them


    Voluminoso, with large and opened narici, somewhat sporgente on the front line of the labbra, with which form an angle.


    Devout or less rose-colored or carnicino or brown, in harmony with the colors of the cape.


    Nasal cane leggermente straight montonina or. It has one equal length to met of the total length of the head, its equal height to the 4/5 of its length. Watched of forehead, its lateral faces are leggermente convergent, also introducing a front face of good width. The mento little obvious.


    The labbra advanced, very developed, thin falling without being flabby, cover the jaw; in the front section, and they exceed it, somewhat to sides. Sights of forehead, form, under the tartufo, one "V" turned upside down; the commessura of the labbra must be emphasized, but not falling.


    Arched dental that combaciano, with perpendicular teeth to the jaw and closing of I recorded to you to scissor. Admitted also the closing to tenaglia.


    In semilateral position, they express docilit, n are not infossati n sporgenti, very open and with palpebral rhyme oval. The adherent eyelids to the bulb (absence of entropio and/or ectropio); the ocher devout or less dark brown or color iride to second of the coloration of the mantle.


    Very developed, cos from being able to catch up in length without streching the front margin of the tartufo; wide at least met of their length; little erected them; with rather rear attack, relatively strait, place on the zigomatica line; valuable the flexible ear, with intentional front inner very marked and adherent with its edge to the cheek; Inferior I' estremit finishes to rounded off tip leggermente.


, strongly log-conical, of not inferior length to the 2/3 of the length of the head; very marked the separation from the nape; light and subdivided throat with giogaia.


Advanced line: the advanced profile of the log is made up of two lines: one tilted nearly straight that gives the garrese goes to the eleventh vertebra dorsal one, the leggermente convex other, than it agrees again with the rump.


Found, with tips of the bachelordetached.


Wide, deep and come down to level of the elbow, not careened thorax, with ribs very you try particularly in the inferior part and tilted. Wide, muscolosa, short and arch region lumbar.


The long (approximately 1/3 of the height to garrese), wide rump, very muscolosa, I' ideal inclination of the coxale that one that forms with I' horizon an angle of 30 degrees.



Inferior line

The inferior, nearly horizontal profile in the thoracic part laughed them leggermente in the abdominal part.


Sturdy to the root, straight, with light tendency to taper itself, not vellosa; when the dog in motion, and above all in tries, capacity horizontally or nearly. It comes cut so as to to leave one length of 15-25 cm.


  1. Front limbs

    The strong, supplied of good muscles, long and tilted, free shoulder in the movements; the oblique, adherent arm to the thorax; sturdy forearm, well in perpendicularly, with tendini strong and detaches to you; the tip of the elbow must be found on the perpendicular lowered from the posterior tip of the bachelor; metacarpi of just proportions, dry grounds, of discreet length and light it tilts to you; sturdy, ovaleggianti feet, with fingers arch, adherent between they, supplied of strong and ricurve on the color land white man, tawny, devout nails or less intense ocraceo or, to second of the mantle: it uses dry and elastic.

  2. Posterior limbs

    Thighs lunge, not spread, muscolose, with posterior margin tending to the rectilinear one, strong legs, garretto wide, to metatarsi relatively short and dry. Foot with all the characteristics of that front one, fortified of spur, whose absence does not constitute defect. Tolerated the double spur.

sailing point

With posterior high portamento and wide and fast trot push powerful of head with the tartufo that in hunting to of over of the dorsal line.


Consisting but elastic, devout aim on the head, to the throat, the armpits, and the inferior parts of the log; the external mucosae must have the color in relation to the color of the mantle, never with black spots. The inner mucosae of the mouth are rose-colored; in the roano or white man brown sometimes they are leggermente maculate of tawny or brown pale.



, driven in and lucente, short devout aim and shaved on the head, the orecchie, the front part of the limbs, and on the feet.


White man, white man with devout or less large spots and than devout color orange or amber or little cargo, white man with devout or less large spots than color punctuated orange brown, white man pale (melato), punctuated brown white man (roano-brown), in this cape valuable the metallic glares, parimenti valuable the warm brown of tonalit (friar frock); preferred the mask makes them symmetrical, tolerated the mask absence.


Height between 55 and i 67 cm. preferibilmente the height of the males, goes from the 58 to i 67 cm. and that one of the females from the 55 to the 62. Weight between 25 and 40 Kg. in proportion to the height. The males must very have two testicoli of normal aspect and reductions in the scroto.


Every shunting line from the caratteristicfie indicated in the description of the several regions constitutes a defect, that it must be penalized in the judgment in reference to its gravit and its spread.

  1. Eliminatori defects from the judgment

    Emphasized Prognatismo. Height to garrese 2 cm. in less or devout of the previewed rimiti ones.

  2. Defects from disqualification

    Cleaved nose - convergence of the aces gazzuoli skull-facciali, eyes, enognatismo, monorchidismo, criptorchidismo, depigmentation total, black, R-bianco.e.nero, tricolour cape, fulvo, nocciola, unicolore, focato, annexed mucosae, skin and its with traces of black