Breeds of dogs: Bracco di Burgos - Perdiguero de Burgos

Breeds of dogs: Bracco di Burgos - Perdiguero de Burgos

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Spain.
F.C.I classification: Group 7 - standing dogs.

The Bracco di Burgos (Perdiguero de Burgos) is an ancient Spanish breed of a hunting dog. Its origins can be traced back to morphologically similar breeds, such as the "Bracco Italiano". It was a very popular breed especially in the Renaissance era. It was a breed highly appreciated by nobles and rulers in different countries of Europe. It was also bred by the Gonzagas and were used to a large extent in the hunts that took place in the woods, at that time still rich in game. It had a big decline towards the nineteenth century but in the last century it has been reevaluated. Used for hunting feathered game. Considered by many to be an excellent hunting aid. It is a breed that has kept its original lineage qualities in purity, unlike many other Spanish breeds.

General aspect

Medium-sized dog, dolominocephalic mesomorphic. Morphologically classified as a Braccoid type. Very well built dog, with the right ratios between the proportions of the head and trunk. Its constitution is robust and solid. It has a fairly developed musculature and a good bone.


It is a breed that stands out from all other breeds for its excellent endurance and for its innate hunting dog spirit. It is an ideal breed for use on all types of terrain and on all types of wild areas. The qualities that make it more appreciable are its ability to hunt, both for furred and feathered game and its resistance to external agents. It is a very intelligent dog and therefore easy to train and use. Another to praise for this singular breed is a very sensitive sense of smell, which allows it to follow tracks and to flush out prey without difficulty.

Bracco di Burgos (photo

Bracco di Burgos (photo Rodolfoto)


- males from 65 to 75 cm at the withers
- females a little more minute.
Weight: 25 - 30 kg for males, slightly less for females.

Trunk: withers slightly raised. Wide and deep chest, strong rib cage. The ribs are well circled and give the dog power and endurance. The rump is well rounded, depressed and wide.
Head and muzzle: large, broad, rounded forehead, little pronounced occipital crest, straight profile and perfectly drawn from the muzzle to the skull. The nose-frontal jump marks the half between the occiput and the end of the truffle. The muzzle is almost square. The lips are thick, but not too large and not drooping.
Truffle: dark but not black.
Teeth: white, complete in development and number.
Neck: well proportioned, round and strong, with slight dewlap folds.
Ears: inserted high, large, long, they fall forming a crease and ending at the tip. They are very soft to the touch.
Eyes: melancholy and intelligent look, very well protected by the prominent eyebrow arch, fawn or dark.
Limbs: they are solid and well muscled, with free joints, strong and parallel hocks. The thighs are wide, very muscular. The leg is long. The feet are short and round. The fingers are arched, high with strong and dark nails.
Pace: fast, loose and elegant.
Shoulder: very muscular, strong, convex and short, which gives this breed a generally very fast gait.
Musculature: well developed in all parts of the animal's body. More evident in the hind limbs than in other parts of the body.
Tail: thick at the root, it is refined towards the tip. It is inserted high and carried joyfully. It is sometimes shortened by 1/3 of the natural length.
Skin: quite fine.
Hair: short, compact and smooth in every part of the body.
Allowed colors: white that predominates, with spots or speckles of liver color, or this more or less dark color, speckled with white.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, lack of premolars, non-standard sizes, coat colors not allowed, shy or aggressive character, black truffle, twisted tail, weak limbs, incorrect movement, monorchidism, cryptorchidism.

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