italian shorthaired pointer
cut 55 to 67cm
weight 25 to 40 kg
dress White-orange and Roan-brown
eyes Light to dark, round
ear Wide and quite long
federation FCI nomenclature group 7 section 1 no 202
The Italian Braque is a breed of dog with a white coat speckled with orange or white speckled with brown (roan-brown) developed in the last centuries as a pointing dog. It is said that dogs of similar morphology already existed in the time of Xenophon and in France in the 15th century at the court of kings. The company that deals with the dissemination and dissemination of this breed is the SABI, Society of Italian Braque lovers, founded in Lodi in 1949. The SABI has subsidiaries in Europe (Italy, France, Holland, Denmark, Finland, Belgium ), and also in Brazil, Chile, the United States and Japan.
It comes from a strain that also gave the pointer. Initially intended for net hunting, it gradually evolved into a pointing dog1. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was a rather massive, rustic dog, perfectly adapted to hunting under the rifle practiced in the heat and in dry terrain. The coat was white, speckled with brown. With the supply of pointer type blood, its morphology evolved. He is now a finer and faster dog. One of its first representations in art dates from the Italian Renaissance. Andrea Mantegna draws him at the foot of his master in one of the frescoes in the Chamber of the Spouses in the Castello San Giorgio of the Ducal Palace of Mantua. It appears in the 19th century on portraits of people from wealthy families such as The Young Girl and her Italian Braque, by Paul Saint-Jean (1842 - 1875) as well as in a famous painting by Gustave Courbet painted in 1856, a portrait included in his canvas. A funeral in Ornans.