Bracco Italiano – 200th Dog Breed Accepted into full AKC Recognition

Bracco Italiano AKC Recognition

 

Bracco Italiano – 200th Dog Breed Accepted into full AKC Recognition

 

Since its formation in 1884, the American Kennel Club has expanded from just nine breeds in 1878 to now encompassing two hundred! June 29, 2022 will mark the American Kennel Club’s acceptance of the 200th breed into full recognition status. That 200th breed is the Bracco Italiano, and they will be joining their hunting colleagues in the Sporting Group!

Although Bracchi Italiani (plural) are from Italy, like Spinoni Italiani, Bracchi are dogs built of angles whereas Spinoni are dogs built of curves.

Bracco Italiano AKC Recognition

While Italy has held a formal Breed Standard since 1949, the Bracco’s history reaches back into the 4th and 5th Centuries B.C. While the breed might be newly AKC-recognized, they have been referred to as one of the oldest European pointing breeds. There were, initially, two distinct breed types that originated from two different regions of Italy. Originally, there was one variety from the Piedmont area, which was predominantly lighter in build, shorter, and also lighter in color, more often orange and white. Their lighter build enabled them to be more agile in the mountain regions and they often hunted at a gallop. The second variety, hailing from the Lombardy region, was heavier-boned, of larger build, and heavier in color, more often in roan and brown colors. The Lombardy type was built for swampy lowlands and moved with a more characteristic trot. Around the late 1800s, the breed faced near extinction and the two types were officially merged together to formulate one breed in 1923.

Bracco Italiano AKC Recognition

With increasing popularity and a growing interest, some of the first imports arrived stateside in the mid-1990s. The breed has been shown in the AKC Conformation ring under the FSS and Open designation, with more recent recognition in the Miscellaneous Class. The judges who have completed Conformation judging assignments of the breed, thus far, have expressed overwhelming interest and enthusiasm, often asking, “WHEN are you going to be fully accepted? I can hardly wait!” The most common compliments and acknowledgements given by judges refer to the breed’s noble and proud personality, and their beautiful and graceful movement.

The breed exemplifies this athletic movement, known as the flying trot, predominantly when they are hunting in the field.

It is breathtaking to watch a beautifully moving Bracco at a full trot. While other hunting and pointing breeds race past the Bracco, with their magnificent speed, you will often see the Bracco gaiting effortlessly, covering wide spans of territory, looking down their Roman noses when they halt into their point.

While their movement is eye-catching in the show ring, it has a purpose that the parent club, Bracco Italiano Club of America (BICA), wishes to remain true—preservation for intended function. The parent club is committed to keeping the breed true to its roots as a well-rounded hunting dog of upland game, waterfowl, and fur.

Bracco Italiano AKC Recognition

It’s important while advancing this breed into AKC acceptance that emphasis is not forgotten as related to the breed’s origin, function, and unique hunting style.

With AKC emphasis on the correct conformation and precise build, we will enable our beloved hunting companions to be an all-day/many day hunting dog with fewer physical injuries. The appearance of a lean and muscled dog in the Conformation show ring should be examined with the consideration that the animal may be in hunting condition and weight.

The Bracco Italiano Club of America is committed to education. BICA will be offering breed seminars to those who desire to learn more about the Bracco. AKC is excited about promoting this breed in the coming months in a variety of venues, at shows, and in various publications. There are a number of Judge’s Education Seminars scheduled, and enrolling, at shows near you!

Bracco Italiano AKC Recognition

In celebration of Bracco Italiano being the 200th breed accepted into full AKC recognition, BICA is offering judges education at no fee for the first 200 judges who attend. If there are regions where there are cluster breed seminars taking place in which there is not a seminar offered for the Bracco Italiano, please let the person organizing the Judges Education offerings know that you would like to request a seminar for this breed. You may also reach out to me, Lisa Moller, via email at lisa@sentrykennels.com, or call 608-617-9666 for assistance with getting a seminar scheduled. We will work together with various events and organizations to spread the word and assist with mentoring others in our wonderful breed.

The Bracco Italiano Club of America welcomes your inquiries, appreciates your admiration of Bracchi Italiani, and invites you to join us on this continued journey!

  • Lisa Moller has been involved in purebred dog breeding since the mid 1980s. Involved with milking cows on the family dairy farm, she was initially involved in breeding Australian Shepherds for the purpose of herding the cattle. In 1986, Lisa obtained her first Chinese Shar-Pei, joined the Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America (CSPCA), and committed to Obedience competitions. She then became interested in showing in the Conformation ring about a year later, which led to attending the CSPCA National each year. Learning the value and importance of doing health screenings, OFA X-rays, and additional breeding compatibility testing, Lisa has been a successful breeder of Chinese Shar-Pei since 1988. As an owner-handler, she has finished the Conformation championships of, and has ranked, many dozen Chinese Shar-Pei over the last 30+ years. Lisa is always up for the challenge of handling dogs for other people/friends/colleagues, no matter the breed. It’s making “the connection” that motives her. She is also involved in the Judges Education Program as a presenter for the CSPCA. Lisa acquired her first Bracco Italiano in 2018. Having also bred Labrador Retrievers in past years for upland game hunting, she was intrigued by the pointing dog from Italy but knew nothing about hunting with a pointing dog nor the AKC and NAVHDA field testing of a pointing breed. Lisa is not nearly as comfortable in the field training aspects as she is in the Conformation ring, but she has accomplished two hunting titles on her five-year old male and three hunting titles on her three-year-old female Bracco. It fascinates her so much to watch these dogs use their innate natural ability that she will not only continue to hunt her dogs but also continue to stay curious and challenge herself to learning as much as she can about the training and competition of additional field titles. Lisa has been very active in the Miscellaneous Class and FSS at Conformation shows with her Bracchi Italiani for the past four years and loves the attention and questions that the breed gets from judges, other exhibitors, and spectators. She is on the BOD for the BICA, is the Lead of the Judges Education Program, and is on the National Planning Committee, among other additional tasks that come with being a committed and dedicated member of the parent club For 25 years, Lisa and her husband, Dale, built and operated a boarding, training, and grooming facility in Portage, Wisconsin, Caring for customers’ dogs as if they were their very own was their specialty. Lisa’s passion for learning anything new related to dogs (and all animals) has been a constant since she was a small child.

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