A large, powerful hunting dog with a noble appearance, the Bracco Italiano stands 55–67 centimetres at the withers and weighs 55–88 pounds. This muscular and strong-looking dog has a distinctive head, which is long, angular, and narrow at the zygomatic arches. Giving this breed a somewhat ‘Roman nose’ is its straight, deep, slightly arched muzzle. It has a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite. Its fairly large dark ochre or brown and oval eyes have a soft expression. Its floppy ears are set level to the corner of its eyes. It has a nice symmetrical facial mask that matches its coat colour.
The Bracco’s coat is short, dense, and glossy. According to the Kennel Club, the standard colours are white, white with orange, white with amber or chestnut markings, white with speckles, roan with solid markings, and chestnut that has a warm and metallic sheen. It has low grooming needs as it only requires regular brushing and occasional bathing. Frequent brushing means a shinier coat.
Aside from the dog’s coat, owners should also make sure that other aspects of grooming are taken care of. The Bracco is prone to ear infections, so make sure to keep them clean and dry. Teeth must be brushed twice a week, nails regularly trimmed, and skin inspected for red spots and parasites.