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The Spinone Italiano is large, sturdy and
muscular. This is a rugged dog well equipped
with a dense, weather resistant coat and
thick skin which all help him endure tough
terrain (specifically thorny underbrush)
as well as harsh climates. The Spinone Italiano
is an ancient breed which is believed to
have been developed in Northern Italy. It
is one of the oldest gun dog breeds with
ancestors which could have possibly originated
in any of these European nations: Italy,
Russia, Spain, France or Celtic Ireland.
Prior to the early 19th century in Italy,
the Spinone Italiano was known as Spinoso
- which comes from the word 'pino' meaning
an Italian thorn bush. The pino was a safe
haven for small game from large animals,
yet the Spinone Italiano had little trouble
penetrating this type of harsh brush which
was his specialty.
The Spinone Italiano is a versatile, all
purpose hunting dog with a keen sense of
smell and soft mouth and most commonly utilized
for hunting in dense, tough cover as well
as retrieving from water. Although still
popular as a hunting dog in many parts of
Europe, it is makes for a great family pet
and companion. The Spinone Italiano was
recognized by the American Kennel Club in
the Sporting Group in 2000.
The height of the Spinone Italiano can range
from 22 to 27 inches (56 - 69 cm) tall at
the shoulder. Bitches are slightly shorter
- 22 to 25 inches (56 - 64 cm) AKC Standard
The weight for a Spinone Italiano can range
from 61 - 85 pounds (28 - 39 kg). This breed
has a square build.
The coat of the Spinone Italiano is harsh,
dense, lies flat and is weather resistant.
There is no undercoat. The preferred length
of the coat is 1½–2½
inches (4–6 cm) on the body, but shorter
on the head, ears, muzzle and the front
of the feet and legs. The Spinone Italiano's
coat should be left in its natural state.
The Spinone Italiano's coat can be can be
solid white, it also can be white with orange
markings or orange roan with or without
orange markings. Additional colors include
white with brown markings or brown roan
with or without brown markings.
The Spinone Italiano is docile, affectionate
and intelligent. This breed is extremely
gentle with children, also known to be playful
and patient. The Spinone Italiano is easy
to train, learns quickly and wants to please
his master. This breed is quiet, not aggressive
and is friendly and easy going with all
- therefore does not make for a good watch
dog. The Spinone Italiano is devoted and
wants to be with his family which he thoroughly
enjoys. Being a laid back type of breed,
exercise such as a casual daily walk or
even jogging is good for him. The Spinone
Italiano is not a runner or sprinter, but
best known for his endurance moving at a
slow and steady speed. Note: This breed
is known to jump, therefore a very secure
fence is recommended for your backyard.
The Spinone Italiano is generally
healthy breed although can be prone to hip
dysplasia and bloat. The life expectancy
of a Spinone Italiano is between 9 - 12
years (possibly longer).
• The Spinone Italiano is also referred
to as an Italian Pointer, Italian Spinone,
Spinone and Italian Coarsehaired Pointer.
AKC: Sporting Group
ANKC: Gundogs Group 3
FCI: Group 7 Section 1.3 Continental Pointing
UKC: Gun Dog breeds