The Spinone Italiano is a medium-to-large Italian-bred dog breed whose main purpose was assisting hunters and hunting waterfowl. Today, most of these dogs are family pets and companions that absolutely love playing and all sorts of other activities. The Spinone has enough energy to keep up with the most active families out there and that is the type of life that suits them best. They are not the best fit for apartment living and the best option is to have a large fenced yard where these dogs can run around and explore. They will give their best to keep the yard safe and clear from unwanted animals.
Like many hunting breeds, the Spinone Italiano has plenty of energy so to prevent the development of bad and destructive behavior, make sure that your dog gets at least two half-hour playing sessions a day. Any activity where your dog spends its excess energy will do, hiking, jogging, cycling, running, playing or swimming and it will be the happiest dog in the world.
When we think about hunting breeds, we often imagine a focused, fearless dog and we would be right to assume that, but the Spinone is one of the happiest and most cheerful dog breeds in the world. They radiate positivity and are one of the best possible family pets you could wish for. It is interesting to know that this is considered to be one of the oldest hunting breeds in the world and it was used for centuries for that purpose.
22-27 in (56-69 cm)
61-86 lb (28-39 kg)
Spione Italiano was developed in the Italy region – Piedmont. It is believed that this is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. Originally they were bred for waterfowl hunting. Today this is still a fairly rare breed across the world.
Dog Breed Characteristics
It should not surprise you that such an old and popular breed is recognized by most of the world’s major cynology associations and the biggest one is the FCI or Federation Cynologique Internationale. This massive union of 98 members has a standard for this breed and that standard describes the Spinone as a dog with a solid structure, strong bones, and a well-developed muscle structure. The FCI placed this breed in Group 7 (Pointing Dogs) Section 1.3 (Continental Pointing Dogs, “Griffon type”).
This standard also has a defined size for this breed and it is 23,5 – 27,5 in (60 – 70 cm) for male dogs and 22,5 – 25,5 in (58 – 65 cm) for the female Spinoni. Their weight should be proportioned to their height and it should be between 70 and 82 lbs (32 – 37 kg) for the males and between 61 and 66 lbs (28 – 30 kg) for the females.
The Spinone is required to have a working trial according to the FCI.
They were registered by the FCI on the 30th of April 1955.
The governing cynology association in the United States of America is the American Kennel Club. It is a very old and prestigious cynology institution that is over 130 years old. The AKC also has a standard in place for the ancient Spinone Italiano and their standard describes them as having a distinctive profile and as a dog that has a mild, near-human expression. These dogs should be muscular and vigorous according to the AKC standard.
This standard mentioned the required size for these dogs and it is 23,5 – 27 in (60 – 69 cm) for males and 22 – 25,5 in (56 – 65 cm), the same as the FCI standard. The weight is mentioned only as “being in proportion to the size of a working dog”.
The AKC registered and accepted this breed in 2000.
Spinone Italiano has a medium dense coat that is easy to maintain. With regular brushing during the week, you will keep the amount of hair under control and keep the dog looking good. Their coat serves as protection during cold weather, but they should be exposed to extreme heat for too long.
Spinone Italiano coat colors:
- Solid white
- White and orange
- Orange roan with or without orange markings
- White with brown markings
- Brown roan with or without brown markings
Spinone Italiano dogs are medium active and they will need a proper amount of daily activities to be happy. Playing with his owner in the house, chasing the ball, or just long walks can all do the trick and keep this dog satisfied. If you provide him with enough daily activities you don’t have to worry that your dog will miss behaving.
Like any other dog breed, the Spinone Italiano should start the socialization process as soon as possible. Dogs that are not well socialized are prone to behavioral problems and might react badly to situations they are not familiar with.
There are many ways you can socialize your Spinone Italiano, and the most important thing to do is to get your dog familiar with different situations they can find themselves in. Take your dog to dog parks where they can meet other dogs and people. They can learn to react accordingly and understand that they don’t need to be scared of strangers and other dogs. It is also possible to socialize and teach your dog how to handle other pets, although they might never learn to “play nice” with other pets due to their high prey drive.
Spinone Italiano are excellent family dogs that will get along with every family member including children. Take note that kids need to be taught how to properly play and interact with a dog so Spinone Italiano can enjoy their company. If they are raised together from an early age they will be their playing parting and they will enjoy spending time together.
These dogs can get along well with other dogs and can enjoy their company.
They are not the best fit for other pets. They have a strong prey drive, so they will most likely try and catch smaller animals such as gerbils, hamsters, squirrels, or rabbits. They can learn to get along with pets they are raised with, but our advice would be never to leave them unattended.
Like any other dog breed, the Spinone Italiano can potentially develop health problems. If you are buying a dog, make sure the breeder can provide you with the necessary health tests and guarantees. Always ask to see the results of tests from the puppy’s parents. The health problems these dogs are associated with are:
- Hip dysplasia - Genetic problem affecting hips resulting from an improperly formed hip joint.
- Ectropion - A defect causing the eyelid to roll out or sag.
- Gastric Torsion - Also known as bloat. A dangerous condition that causes the stomach to twist (torsion).
The Spinone Italiano is generally considered a very healthy breed that can live 10-12 years.
If you are interested in one of these dogs, make sure to get in touch with a reputable and registered Spinone Italiano breeder. You can ask as many questions as you want and a good breeder will try and answer them. Breeders usually love the fact that you are inquisitive about their dogs and love the fact that their dogs are going to a knowledgeable household. Having a breeder in your corner can be a great thing throughout your dog’s life as they are most likely familiar with all ins and outs about the breed they are breeding. We are sure that you will get the best possible pet if you decide to go for a Spinone.
Spinone Italiano is still a rare dog breed and if you are interested in getting one of these dogs you must be prepared that you will be put on the waiting list.
World Dog Finder team