Breed Group: Sporting
Weight: 62 - 82 lbs
Height: 22.75 -27.5 inches
Color(s): White, white with orange markings, white with brown markings, or speckled brown - with and without larger brown markings.
This ancient breed originated in Italy and is extremely uncommon in the United States. A versatile and popular hunting dog, they excel in pointing and retrieving. The Spinone Italiano is an excellent swimmer that is suited for hunting on all types of terrain and in all climates. In addition to their hunting skills this breed makes a lovely companion.
Often referred to as the Spinoni, this breed is a large, strong, and substantial dog with a distinctive appearance. In their hunting duties they exhibit great stamina and endurance and are also methodical and efficient. They are not considered a racy or flashy breed. As companions they exhibit a loving, sweet, and affectionate nature.
The Spinone Italiano is exceedingly intelligent, exuberant, and cheerful. They take their hunting duties very seriously, but are lively and entertaining in the home environment. They thrive on human companionship and do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time. They will suffer separation anxiety and will become bored and
destructive. Spinone Italianos are excellent with considerate children and other household pets, although they do have a tendency to chase after anything that runs. The Spinone Italiano is generally quiet and is not suited for use as protection. They have a very patient nature and will return respect they are given.
This breed requires weekly brushing as well as occasional professional stripping of the coat. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary to preserve the integrity of the coat. The Spinone Italiano is typically a healthy breed but may be prone to hip dysplasia, bloating, or an inherited disease called Cerebellar Ataxia which causes an abnormal gait.
The Spinone Italiano has a thick, wire-haired coat that is slightly wavy and water resistant. The hair is longer on the eyebrows, lips, and chin where it forms a moustache and beard. The coat comes in such colors as white, orange roan, white with orange, orange roan with orange patches, white with brown, brown roan, or brown roan with brown patches. This breed is an average shedder.
The Spinone Italiano is quick to learn, but may be stubborn about performing their master's commands. They have a mind of their own and often want to make their own decisions regarding tasks assigned to them. Spinone Italianos must have proper socialization training to prevent timidity. They are very sensitive and do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed training methods. They require motivation, positive reinforcement, respect, patience, and consistency.
This breed's activity level varies. When indoors they are low to moderately active; when outdoors their activity level is medium to high. The Spinone Italiano benefits from securely leashed walks and makes an excellent jogging companion. They greatly enjoy family play sessions, swimming, and hunting. This breed does best in a home with a yard that is securely and highly fenced.
Help reduce the number of dogs in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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