SABI (Societa Amatori del Bracco Italiano)
People say that this
dog is one of the classic and ancient pointers, selected mainly
in the northern regions of this peninsula. The breed has been
present since the middle age and became widespread in the Renaissance
period. It was held in very high regard by the nobility. In fact,
feathered game hunting was an exclusive appanage of the aristocracy.
It was bred by the Gonzaga and Medici families; the subjects born
in those kennels were sought out by nobles and royal families.
This dog of ancient
Italian origin used for bird hunting has modelled itself and developed
over the ages; from the hunting of yesteryear by means of nets,
he has adapted himself to the present hunting and shooting. Frescoes
from the 14th century are proof of the indisputable timelessness
of the Italian pointer over the centuries, whether
either regarding his morphology or his aptitudes at hunting as
a pointer. It is thought that
the white-and-orange variety originated in Piedmont.
in Lombardy. The white-and-orange variety from Piedmont was lighter
in construction than the white-and-brown type from Lombardy. The
white-orange dog from Piedmont was because of his lighter construction
better to use in the mountains. The breeders has used those two
types of dogs to make a combination, nowadays we have a uniform
type of Italian pointer. 19 February 1949 we have the definitive
standard, official egistrated by the Italian Kennel Club (ENCI).
This standard allows the heavy type and the lighter type. In November
1949 the Italian Bracco Italiano association was born, the SABI
(Sociata Amatori del Bracco Italiano). Most important goal off
the SABI is to help his members to breed dogs who keep up the
high quality, excellent off type and health, without loosing any
off the hunting instinct.