8 Italian Dog Breeds That Are Molto Bello

Bracco Italiano 

The Bracco Italiano is an Italian pointer, and it's one of the oldest pointing breeds in existence, according to the American Kennel Club. They are super smart and easy to train, and get along well with kids and other pets. 

Cane Corso 

Cane Corso are very, very big dogs — they can weigh up to 120 pounds — and they are not a good breed for first-time dog owners, according to Vet Street. 


The Bolognese is a small, playful, easygoing breed that loves people, according to the AKC. As a result, they aren't good pups for people who work 9 to 5 jobs away from the home. 

Neapolitan Mastiff

The Neapolitan Mastiff is another huge Italian breed, with males weighing up to 150 pounds, according to the AKC. The Neapolitan dates all the way back to ancient Rome, and they've been loyal guard dogs ever since. 

Italian Greyhound 

Italian Greyhounds are the miniature version of the Greyhound. They're gentle, loving dogs that are so affectionate they can sometimes border on needy, according to Hill's Pet. 

Cirneco dell'Etna 

They are a very smart breed that needs training early on; they're also very active and require about 20 to 30 minutes of exercise every day, according to Vet Street. 

Maremma Sheepdog 

Maremmas — pronounced "mare" like a female horse, and "Emma" like the name — have been bred as livestock guard dogs in Italy for centuries, according to the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America. 

Segugio Italiano 

Segugio Italianos are medium-size hound dogs that have powerful hunting instincts and need a lot of exercise — about two hours or more — as a result, according to Purina. 

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