Italian Spinone fast fact file:
Originally bred for:
Modern day purpose:
The Italian Spinone is a gun dog, used for hunting, pointing and retrieving.
They are still used for their original purpose, but due to their versatile nature can fulfil any role from companion to assistance dog.
Males are 60 - 70 cm at withers and weigh 34 - 39 kg.
Females are 58 - 65 cm at withers and weigh 28 - 30 kg.
They are loyal, friendly, alert and intelligent dogs. They have an easy going nature, are docile, affectionate and patient. These traits make them great family dogs and companions for children.
Hand stripping of the coat (no clipping or cutting) is needed. Weekly brushing and occasional baths.
They have low to medium activity levels so daily walks and play is sufficient exercise.
8 - 12 years.
Some common diseases in the breed include (but are not limited to) allergies, epilepsy, cancer, Hip dysplasia, Cerebellar ataxia, cherry eye and bloat.
For KUSA's breed standard click here.
The breed standard
The Spinone Italiano breed standard is available from KUSA.