Thinking about purchasing an Spinone Italiano? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Spinone Italiano breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Spinone Italiano owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Spinone Italiano and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Spinone Italiano Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Spinone Italiano and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Spinone Italiano Profile
The Spinone Italianos are a very talented hunting dog breed. Their tracking abilities are keen and their "soft" mouth retrieves game unspoiled. The Spinones also have a terrific personality and are gentle dogs who are devoted and very willing to please. Considered more of a hound than a pointer, they are not known to be barkers, whiny or bossy. The Spinone Italiano is a large, muscular dog that is sturdy and strong. They have long drop ears and a full beard, with a medium length coat on the rest of the body and longer fur on the face. They can come in colors of solid white, white and orange, orange roan with or without orange markings, white with brown markings, the list goes on. They have a varied appearance, but the same stance and hard working abilities. The Spinone Italiano is impressively handsome and resembles an old grandfather with wisdom. The breed's tail is docked to about half its length. Spinone Italianos are a wonderful choice for the family looking for a playful yet hard working pet or hunting partner.
Other Names: Italian Spinone, Spinone
Type: Gun Dog
Colors: All white,
white and orange, orange roan with or without orange markings, white with brown
markings, brown roan with or without brown markings.
Italianos are responsive, loyal, and gentle. They can be very playful and enthusiastic.
They have a very calm and gentle personality, making them an ideal choice. The
Spinone can be stubborn if it wants to, and is wary of strangers. They don't
like new situations much, making them not very adaptable. Despite this, the
Spinone Italiano is a very hard worker, enjoying his work and expressing it
with vocals. They are not overly barky, however. The Spinone Italiano is a well-mannered
dog, lowering its head around its master.
Spinone Italiano Care and Exercise:
Grooming of the Spinone Italianos should consist of a good thorough
brushing done weekly. Clean ears weekly, wipe eyes daily. The beard may attract
food and should be wiped when it does. The beard can be slobbery or wet quite
often. Daily exercise is required which should include long walks on-leash and
a good run off-leash. They love to swim and would make a great partner to run
alongside a bicycle.
Spinone Italiano Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, cerebellar ataxia, hormone imbalance, pyometra, eye problems, malocclusion of the teeth, and visceral leishmaniasis.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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