Spinone Italiano Puppies & Breed Information

Spinone Italiano

Spinone Italiano Puppy Characteristics


  • Size:
  • Grooming Needs:
  • Exercise Needs:
  • Good With Dogs:
  • Watchdog Ability:

Spinone Italiano Puppies for Sale


View More Puppies for Sale

Get Matched to Trusted Breeders

Spinone Italiano Breed Information


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.

Overview

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.

Character

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.

Temperament

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.

Care

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.

Coat

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.

Training

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.

Activity

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.

Ownership

If you are looking for Spinone Italiano puppies for sale from reputable Spinone Italiano breeders or to adopt Spinone Italianos from a Spinone Italiano rescue then make sure you understand as much about the dog breeds you are interested in as you can. Every puppy breed is different. Begin your research by reading the breed information about the Spinone Italiano puppy above. Search our dog breeds section to find Spinone Italiano puppies that make great pets.


Rate this Breed Information - Provided by

Saving...

4.4 out of 5 based on 8 ratings for the Spinone Italiano puppy breed profile.

Updated: 8/28/2014
Answer a Question

Breed Questions & Answers

Are you knowledgeable about a certain breed? Share what you know!


We provide the only safe marketplace for Spinone Italiano dog breeders to list and rehome their purebred Spinone Italiano puppies. Spinone Italiano dog breeders listing puppies on Next Day Pets are required to verify their identity for your protection. Most dog breeders with Spinone Italianos for sale offer health guarantees and may be shipped worldwide. With over 100,000 active dog breeders, we can assure you you'll find the perfect puppy for your family.