Cerca Trova Canile, Bracco Italiano Dogs

Breeding top-quality Bracco Italianos in the USA


And now, we’d like to introduce Cerca Trova’s Mosey, whose sire and dam are our Eros and Mosca. Mosey’s owners are Paul and Mary Johnson, of Wyoming and they and we are thrilled to announce that Mosey, at the age of 11 months, has won Best in Show at the only Bracco Italiano specialty show in the US, in October, 2015. She also brought in 4 pheasants in her first hunting competition at this show. Paul and Mary have done a phenomenal job with training her, and we look forward to more recognition and awards for her as she matures!


How we started out: When we first started our search in 1998, we wanted to find and promote a breed of dog that has not been made popular in the U.S; statistics show that a breed’s popularity here is often its downfall. After a 2-year quest, we found Jaap Muller and Tina Steffens, well-known Bracco breeders in the Netherlands. Their dogs have won hunting trials and breed shows all over Europe, and the dogs are raised in Tina and Jaap’s home, as are all the puppies. Dino, our brown/white male, was born the day before our wedding, in May 2000; (we lost him in 2006.) When we told Tina and Jaap that we wanted to breed really good Braccos, they were so pleased to help us that Jaap went to Italy and selected Alba, the orange/white female, out of 7 litters.

Our first Braccos

Our first Braccos

 The puppies arrived in the U.S. on July 5, 2000 and have been charming everyone since then. We got our 3rd Bracco, an orange and white female named Mari, from Tina and Jaap and she fit right in – as charming as the other two. She never did become pregnant, so we spayed and placed her.We then kept Lovely Flora, a brown and white bitch from our November, 2002 litter. She is a wonderful combination of both Dino’s and Alba’s attitudes – she was pointing beautifully at an early age. In 2005 we obtained Astor, a white and orange male, from GianPaolo Poggio, a breeder in Italy, through the help of Tina and Jaap, who are his good friends. Astor added an entirely new bloodline to the United States. Alba and Astor had Giana in October, 2006, and we lost Astor to cancer at 3 years old. 

In April, 2007, Dan went to Italy and brought back Dixie and Apollo. When we did PennHip testing on Dixie, Giana and Apollo’s hips, he got good results, but both bitches failed …. so after much anguish, we spayed them and placed them in great hunting homes. On Dan’s next trip to Italy, he brought back Eros, the pick of the litter bred by Dr. Alessandro Grecchi, past president of SABI. He also brought back Leila, a beautiful orange bitch bred by Luigi Forcati.  We have Bambam, Leila’s and Apollo’s daughter, and Ziva, a brown bitch from Hungary.

Well – we have had a very difficult time breeding for the last year and a half.  It started with finding out that the Italian male we imported was sterile….. so we neutered and placed him (this with 1 1/2 years on hold until he was old enough to breed.)  Then there has been a long comedy of errors involving false pregnancies; next heat was Eros with a urinary infection (  = no breedings, of course) and losing a bitch after breeding with a highly unusual medical condition.  I’ve told everyone that we’d have another litter within 6 months…. and soon, I know I’ll be right!  No breeders could have much more bad luck and continue calling themselves breeders.  Of course – during that time, one of our 2014 puppies won “Best of Breed” in the US, and that same puppy (Mosey – see above) got her NAVHDA (National Association of Versatile Hunting Dogs) Junior Hunter title in one weekend (we’re told that’s almost unheard of.)  So – there’s definitely some good with the unexpected! Please stay tuned for the next chapter in Cerca Trova’s breeding sage!


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Litter/Puppy Update

News Flash
We'd like to thank all our wonderful new owners for allowing a bracco puppy to run their lives! All are placed, but we anticipate another litter within 6-8 months.
as always, feel free to contact us for more info, and check out our facebook page Cerca Trova Braccos


Here's a new owner report:

Hello Lane!
We enjoyed meeting you, Dan, and your family so much. Your passion for Braccos is clear and very much appreciated. We felt very welcome in your home and we feel this is the beginning of a friendship.

I wanted to let you know how everything is going with our Boomer. We have had him for 5 days now and he is amazing! He knows his name and already comes with excitement when called. He wants so badly to "go" outside, we find that we just need to give him the opportunity.

As for fitting in with the family, he has everyone wrapped around his little paw. He is well behaved and just plain sweet. He doesn't have an aggressive bone in his body, and that's a big deal when our children play with him. He just wants to be with his people, it doesn't matter what's on the agenda. Our 11 year old dog enjoys him cuddling in her bed with her and our 5 year old dog is learning that he's going to be the funnest thing we ever brought home, he just needs to get a bit bigger.

Thank you so much for the newest member of our family. We've waited for about 6 years for the timing to be right for us and we are so excited to begin our lives with this amazing pup. He is everything that we'd hoped for and more. I can't wait to see him reach his potential as a gun dog. We will keep you posted on his life and accomplishments.

All the best,
Kat and Jamey DeLuzio