200th Dog Breed-American Kennel Club
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In July, the AKC introduced its newest member of the Sporting Group that's also great for families because of its intelligence.
The Bracco Italiano, or Italian Pointer, recently became the 200th dog breed recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).There are currently about 700 to 800 dogs spread accross the globe.
Bred as hunting dogs, Braccos often do best with owners who hunt, however, they can also be great family companion dogs providing their considerable exercise needs are met.
This is a large breed, with adults weighing between 25 and 40 kgs and 22 to 26 inches in height; these dogs loosely resemble a cross between a German Shorthaired Pointer and Bloodhound.
Appearance — Bracco Italianos are powerful looking, with lean limbs, well-developed muscles, defined lines, and sculpted heads. They have short, glossy coats that are either white, white with orange markings, or white with brown markings. This breed has an angular head and a soft skin fold that starts at the outer corner of the eyes and falls down the cheeks.
Their eyes are relatively large and oval-shaped, and range in color from dark amber to orange or brown, depending on the color of the coat, and give the dogs a gentle, intelligent expression. The ears are at least half as wide as they are long, reaching the tip of the nose, and their lips are floppy, reaching down to the lower jaw.
Temperament — Braccos are quite affectionate and bond very tightly with their families.
Exercise and mental stimulation — Because they are hunting dogs, Braccos typically have lots of energy to burn and require plenty of daily physical activity. Without adequate exercise, they may find other, less productive, more destructive ways to spend their time. This breed can run or jog alongside their humans for exercise, chase after balls or Frisbees thrown for them, and they also love to swim.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only.
Sources & References:
2 American Kennel Club, July 6, 2022
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