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Spinone Italiano

Spinone Italiano

The spinoni Italiano was developed as a gundog in the Piedmont region of Italy. Its origins date back to the Renaissance era. The spinoni Italiano is a pointing breed that was used to track and retrieve the quarry of the hunt. During World War II, the breed was used to pursue and help capture German soldiers. The breed remains a popular hunting dog and beloved family companion in its native country. The American Kennel Club recognized the spinoni Italiano in 2000 as a member of the sporting group.

The Spinone Italiano is a large, athletic dog with square proportions and long heads with broad muzzles. Their ears are pendant and they have pronounced eyebrows, mustaches and bears. The coat needs to be stripped occasionally to remove dead hair.


The Spinone Italiano is an easy-going, friendly breed. Spinones are happy and enthusiastic. The Spinone has medium to high exercise needs outside and makes a great jogging partner. Although he can be kept in small yards and will be happy with short romps, this is not really an apartment dog. Spinones love children and make great playmates. They are very intelligent and can get stubborn if they do not recognize people as leaders. They are rarely aggressive and are usually not protective.

Breed Characteristics

Life Span:10-12 Years
Nicknames:Italian pointer and an Italian wire-haired pointing dog

Spinone Italiano Build Information

The spinoni Italiano has a powerful and muscular body that stands at a height of 22,5 to 27,5 inches at the shoulders and weighs between 61 and 85 pounds. The rough and wiry coat is medium in length and comes in solid white, white and brown, white and orange, brown roan and orange roan. The muzzle is adorned with a beard, the earflaps hang downward and the short tail is carried upward.

Length (Male):22-27 in.
Length (Female):22-24 in.
Weight:> 65 lbs

Behaviour and Personality

The spinoni Italiano is an active sporting dog that thrives on the companionship of its family. The breed is gentle and patient. It is friendly toward strangers. It loves children and gets along with other household pets. Spinoni Italianos are intelligent, eager to please and easy to train. They have the endurance and stamina to excel in hunting, field trials and dog sports, and they make ideal companions for outdoor recreational activities.

Activity Level:Very Active
Affection Level:Affectionate
Kid Friendliness:Very Friendly


The wiry coat of a spinoni Italiano requires only occasional stripping to remove the dead hair and to keep the coat looking presentable. Inspect the ears every week, and clean them if needed in order to prevent ear infections. Brush the teeth three times a week to prevent periodontal disease.

Grooming:Medium Maintenance

Spinone Italiano Common Health Conditions

Spinoni Italianos live average lifespans of 10 to 12 years. Some health conditions of the spinoni Italiano include hip dysplasia, entropion, hypothyroidism and cerebellar ataxia.

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Breed Talents and Facts

The lovable and scruffy spinoni Italiano will make a perfect addition to active families who enjoy outdoor activities and whose children desire a canine playmate. The spinoni Italiano originated in Italy. The spinoni Italiano is also called an Italian pointer and an Italian wire-haired pointing dog. The spinoni Italiano is an exuberant and energetic family dog. The spinoni Italiano stands 22,5 to 27,5 inches tall and weighs 61 to 85 pounds. The spinoni Italiano has a moderate energy level. The spinoni Italiano requires minimal grooming. The average lifespan for a spinoni Italiano is 10 to 12 years.