Bergamasco sheepdog: Alpine herder with a rare, insulated coat. Affectionate family pet, but needs exercise and training due to high intelligence and independence.
Ancient Bolognese from 11th century Italy. Nearly extinct, revived by a breeder in the 1980s. Calm, affectionate, low shedding, and prone to forming strong family bonds.
Ancient European pointing breed, Bracco Italiano, dates to 4th/5th century BCE. Near extinction in the 18th century, enthusiasts revived them. Large, intelligent, driven; with exercise
Italian Cane Corso: ancient mastiff-type, muscular, used for guarding, hunting, and herding. Loyal, affectionate, needs space, exercise, and training due to size and strength.
Italian Greyhound: Ancient Mediterranean roots, popular in Renaissance Italy. Affectionate, easygoing, playful. Moderate exercise needs. Enjoys napping on the sofa.
Ancient water dog, Lagotto Romagnolo, from Northeast Italy. Affectionate, eager to please, trainable, and laid back. Requires coat maintenance to prevent matting. Can be vocal and enjoys digging.
Maremma sheepdog: Southern Italy's sheep guardian, loyal, calm, courageous. Big, intelligent, protective of people and territory. Not ideal for novice owners.
Neapolitan Mastiff: Ancient gladiator and guardian, originated in Roman Empire. Family-friendly but formidable guard dog. Wrinkled skin requires cleaning, drooling common.
Spinone Italiano: Named after Piedmont's spiny terrain. Ancient coarse-haired pointers, versatile on land and water. Gentle and mild-mannered, yet stubborn.
Rare Volpino: Spitz-like, originated in 15th century. Court companions and watchdogs. Playful, alert, friendly, but willful and vocal. Positive training curbs stubbornness and noise.