American Kennel Club Finally Recognizes Ancient Bracco Italiano Dog Breed

The American Kennel Club (AKC) officially recognized its newest breed of dog, the Bracco Italiano, the organization said in a press release on July 6 – although the dog’s roots go back millennia.

“This newest member of the Sporting Group has been called the oldest European pointer, with a lineage reaching back to the fourth or fifth century BC, when it was believed to be a cross between Segugio Italiano and an ancient Molosser, such as the Asiatic Mastiff,” the AKC said.

The breed is also commonly referred to as an Italian Pointer.

Dogs of this breed usually weigh between 55 and 90 pounds and are used for hunting, according to the AKC.

Videos filmed by Instagram user @liselotte.e.arturo show two Bracco Italiano dogs named Liselotte and Arturo in Sardinia, Italy. Credit: @liselotte.e.arturo via Storyful

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