Working Standard (Pastrone updated 2011)

The Pastrone (or working) Standard 1937 was updated in 2011 by SABI. If you wish to still read the original document it can be found here.

Please not the following is a translated version, the full version can be found here.

The gait is a long and fast trot , with  some phases of gallop permitted, justified by objective situations. But the de rigueur gait, when dealing with the olfactory question, is a trot . It is a lively and profitable pace that takes place in almost always straight diagonals of a hundred meters in length and even more well spaced and in any case with search and action always suited to the terrain to be covered.

It is evident that in him the concern for the olfactory task is in the foreground and the diligent search is enlivened by an almost continuous transverse motion of the  tail . The posture will be well erect, with a slightly extended neck, to have the head held high.

Entering a slight effluvium, the  Bracco Italiano  gradually slows down its pace and climbs back towards the presumed origin with great prudence, head held high as described above, without any other manifestation except for the ears erected to the maximum and the tail  motionless, a little falling .

Realizing that it is a false alarm, he immediately continues, resuming his usual posture and gait. If, on the other hand, he notices that the scent leads to the wild,  he slows down more and more, so that the last steps are very slow , often feeling with his paw before putting it down, as if to fear making noise.

When it stops, it stiffens its tail , raising it again. This in stop and search is carried horizontally or slightly lower or slightly higher.

The overall demeanor is noble, imposing, alert, but calm, well erect and slightly leaning forward, the neck is slightly upright and the head erect, with the nasal bridge pointing  downwards .

If during the search he cuts into an area of ​​​​effluvium which makes him certain of the presence of the game, he immediately slows down and – in his general demeanor taking on an attitude similar to that of the stationary, only with the neck a little more extended and the tail a little lower –  completes the  gradual slowing down “row” described above, following the straight line that joins it to the game.

Sometimes this run is preceded by a short stop, but this is not desirable. When he suddenly feels himself close to the game, he stops suddenly, most of the time remaining erect, or with his limbs slightly flexed and his head turned towards the game. Exceptionally he crouches in contorted poses .

When the wild animal tries to save itself by stalking,  the Bracco Italiano guides it by wind , dominating the direct emanation, gradually setting in motion; and so he proceeds with the utmost caution, always maintaining the tension of the stop.

In short, he repeats the action of the yarn, prudent, but decisive, without hesitation. It is evident that, by dominating the emanation and keeping himself at a constant distance as much as possible, he conditions his advance to that of the wild animal. And when the latter, favored by special terrain conditions, abandons himself to hasty escapes, he is able to demonstrate that the supreme prudence that characterizes him does not prevent him from being a tenacious  and close pursuer . In this case, possibly suddenly feeling close to the fugitive, he may find himself in the circumstance of having to stop abruptly.

In short, he repeats the action of the yarn, prudent, but decisive, without hesitation. It is evident that, by dominating the emanation and keeping himself at a constant distance as much as possible, he conditions his advance to that of the wild animal. And when the latter, favored by special terrain conditions, abandons himself to hasty escapes, he is able to demonstrate that the supreme prudence that characterizes him does not prevent him from being a tenacious  and close pursuer . In this case, possibly suddenly feeling close to the fugitive, he may find himself in the circumstance of having to stop abruptly.

Among the characteristics of the Bracco Italiano there is also that of having  an excellent connection with the handler . Its  calm and reflective nature  also lends itself to conditioning the work to the most varied circumstances, so that it can restrict the actions described above, corresponding to the best game and environmental conditions, in a more restricted framework that is imposed by momentary needs.

Particularly versatile, it is at ease with any type of game and in any terrain.

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