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Spinone Italiano

 

SpinoneItaliani are not the delicious Italian dessert that accompanies your post-dinner espresso. (That's spumoni.) They're muscular, powerful Italian pointers, built for endurance rather than speed. These dogs were some of the earliest to be bred to point. Their name probably comes from “pino,” a thorn bush that grows in Italy; SpinoneItaliani have tough skins and can flush game from these bushes. This breed is also known for their unusual yellow-brown eyes.

Originally from — you guessed it — Italy, this medium-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 62-82 pounds and lives an average of 10-12 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Sporting group.

 

AKC RecognizedY
Breed's original pastimeRetrieving
OriginItaly
Breed groupSporting
Average lifespan10-12 years
SizeLarge
Bark factorModerate
AKC Ranking119
FamilyGundog, pointer
Date of origin1800s
Original function Pointing and retrieving
Today's functionPointing and retrieving
Average size of maleHeight: 22.5-24.5 Weight: 65-80
Average size of femaleHeight: 21.5-23.5 Weight: 55-70

 

Other nameItalian spinone
Energy level Medium energy
Exercise needs Medium
Playfullness Moderately playful
Affection level Very affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Very friendly
Friendliness toward strangersVery friendly
Ease of training Hard to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Not very protective
Grooming needs Low maintenance
Cold tolerance Medium tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS A SPINONE ITALIANO'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

Patient, docile, and sociable, SpinoniItaliani are real characters. They're very affectionate and can be playful, but they'll do better playing with supervised kids and other dogs. This is a charming, eccentric breed who will be most comfortable with school-age children or older.

WHAT IS SPINONE ITALIANO BEHAVIOR LIKE?

This is not a particularly active breed. While they'll appreciate the sights and smells of a daily walk, they won't drag you to the dog park for hours every day. SpinoniItaliani are content with a shortish jog or an extended romp in the backyard. They like to dig and jump, so be sure your fence is sturdy and high.

HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A SPINONE ITALIANO?

SpinoniItaliani are a biddable breed that respond well to training. They can have a touch of stubbornness about them and can be slow to housetrain. Early, consistent socialization and lessons are the key to making your SpinoneItaliano a model canine citizen. It'll also help her get past her natural timidity and discourage destructive behaviors.

This breed excels in flyball, agility, obedience, and rally.

CARE & HEALTH

HOW MUCH DO SPINONE ITALIANI SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

SpinoniItaliani are seasonal shedders who require occasional grooming. Plan to brush yours once a week. If you want to keep that “ruff-and-ready” natural look, this dog will also need periodic hand-stripping. You might want to wipe down their drippy beards after they've had a drink, too.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO SPINONE ITALIANI HAVE?

As a breed, SpinoniItaliani are generally healthy. Some are susceptible to eye disease or elbow or hip dysplasia.

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