The Spinone Italiano is a serious retrieving breed that requires plenty of exercise. This native of Italy has a harsh, wiry coat and gentle disposition.
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Finding a Spinone Italiano
- Large, sturdy build
- Long head slopes to top of nose
- Triangular ears covered with thick hair; hangs down below jaw line
- Coat: Thick, wiry hair covers thick skin; protects from harsh winter elements
- Height: 22-27 inches
- Weight: 61-85 pounds
- Average lifespan: 12 years
- Smart, jovial, even-tempered, lively and enthusiastic
- Interaction with people: Good family dog; likes to feel part of the human family. Serious while working and affectionate at home.
- Training: Quick learner; motivational training works best. Work oriented - needs a good reason to perform a task other than performance.
- Needs early socialization to avoid reserved behavior.
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- Needs fenced yard
- Needs daily walks, runs or jogs
- Low activity level indoors and a high activity level outdoors
- Needs weekly brushing
- Shape the coat by pulling dead hair rather than cutting
- May groom themselves
- Also known as the "Italian coarse-haired pointer"
- Slower than most gundogs
- Great swimmer and retriever; enters cold water willingly
- Some say the name "spinone" comes from the thorny bushes where the dogs hunted, but others claim it refers to the texture of the breed's coat
- Origin is uncertain but this breed is native to Italy
- Ancestors of this breed can be traced to 500 BC
- This breed is mentioned in literature from the 13th to 15th centuries
- Bred as an all-purpose gundog; excels as a pointer and retriever
- First brought to the U.S. in 1931 by Dr. Nicola Gigante