At A Glance

Size: Large

Weight: 55 - 88 lbs.

Height: 22" - 27"

Life Span: 12 - 13 years

Italian Setter

Also know as: Bracco Italiano, Italian Pointer

Group: Sporting

Origin: Italy (1700s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Hunting

History and Facts: Some experts believe that the Italian Setter is a descendant of the St. Hubert Hound. Others claim that it was developed as a cross between some form of the Mastiffs and the Italian Segugios.

Temperament / Behavior
Obedient, loyal and well-behaved, the Italian Setter is a serious hunter. However, the breed is gentle in nature, which makes it a sensitive companion that does well with children and other animals. This breed is calm enough that it can adjust to apartment or city living, as long as it receives enough opportunities to exercise outdoors.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Special Needs
Exercise: Due to its hunting nature, the Italian Setter requires moderate to high levels of exercise. Long daily walks, runs or play sessions are recommended for this breed. Hunting activities or swimming are a plus.

Grooming: No special grooming requirements.


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