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AKC Meet the Breeds: Spinone Italiano

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

An excellent retriever by nature and an experienced hunter on any terrain, the Spinone is robust, sociable and docile. His wiry, dense coat and thick skin enable him to negotiate underbrush and endure cold water that would severely punish any dog not so naturally armored. The coat can be solid white; white and orange; orange roan with or without orange markings; white with brown markings, brown roan with or without brown markings. 

A Look Back
The Spinone Italiano, or Italian Pointer, is Italy's all-purpose hunting dog. The dog is a Pointer of the old school, that is, a rather slow-footed dog similar to those used before the era of wing shooting. It is estimated to be a cross of coarse-haired Italian Setters, bred with those left by Greek traders and others from the Adriatic coast, in addition to crosses with the White Mastiff and perhaps French Griffons. 

Right Breed for You?
An active, energetic breed, the Spinone loves to romp in the field, but is happy as long as it's with its family. As a naturally cautious dog, owners should socialize the breed and begin training early. The Spinone is the ultimate wash and wear breed and should remain in a natural state, with just occasional brushing and hand-stripping. Owners beware, however: after a drink, their wet and messy beard may leave trail of water wherever they go!

  • Sporting Group; AKC recognized in 2000.
  • Ranging in size from 22 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Hunting dog.

 

 

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