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Italian Spinone Breed Summary
Sociable, Active, Energetic, Docile and Gentle
These docile doggies are relatively new to the UK, but this hasn't stopped them from making themselves known to be a triumph both in the field and in a home environment as well! Additionally, they are very devoted and loving doggies, highly prized over many centuries for being one of the oldest native breeds!
Many discuss these doggies as being 'hooman' like in appearance, due to their unique moustaches, bushy eyebrows and distinguished beards! Additionally, they are very easy-going doggies, which makes them a fantastic choice for a family pet.
Fun Fact:The plural of Spinone is Spinoni and not Spinones - so why not get yourself a whole load of Spinoni?
|Kennel Club Group||Gundog|
|Lifespan||10 - 13 years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 60 - 70 cm, Females 58 - 65 cm at the withers|
|Weight||Males 34 - 39 kg, Females 29 - 34 kg|
|Coat||Coat is Close Fitting with a Thick and Leathery Texture. Coats are Coarse and Dense|
|Colour||Brown, Brown & White, Brown Roan, Orange & White, Orange Roan, Roan, White, White & Brown, White & Orange, White & Orange Roan|
|Eye colour||Pigmented to Colour of Coat|
|Common health issues||Cerebellar ataxia, Hip dysplasia, Osteochondritis, Epilepsy, Skin issues and allergies, Ectropion ( Eyelids Roll Outwards ) , Entropion ( Eyelids Folding Inwards ), Bloat/gastric torsion|
|Other Names||Spinone, Italian Griffon, Italian Wire-haired Pointer, Italian Coarsehaired Pointer, Spinone Italiano|
Like their Italian ‘hoomans’, these doggies are very sociable and can often found drinking espressos, al fresco, with their friends. Okay, the last bit may be a lie, but they do love other doggies and have a true adoration for life! They also like to be involved with all aspects of family life, whether that be watching you wash-up or hiking a mountain. Because they were bred as retrievers, you will all too often turn around to find your doggy has retrieved you a chewed-up shoe or a stick, so it may be best to keep your more expensive items out of site! On the other side of things, they are also very docile in nature, which makes them good for families with younger children. Italian Spinoni are eager to learn, so teaching them new tricks and skills is a relatively easy task. This also means they do really when in doggy sport contests, such as obedience and agility!
Italian Spinoni, as the name may suggest, was developed in Italy and is actually one of the oldest gun dogs in the world! However, the exact origin of these doggies is unknown, although some theories suggest they could have begun in Spain, Russia, Italy or Greece. Others think they may be descendants of the Spanish Pointers or even Russian Setters and that are responsible for what the Spinone’s look like today. The name comes from ‘spino’ meaning a favourite hiding place for small game, whereas other dogs could not get into these small spaces, these doggies could! During WW2, the breed came extremely close to extinction, with many breeders resorting to crossing them with other wirehaired breeds. However, nowadays these doggies are one of the more common gun dogs in Italy and are known for their strong ability to retrieve from water. Even the Duchess of Northumberland has one called Fuzzy!