Italian Spinone

The Spinone, also known as Spinone Italiano, is a large-sized dog breed of Italian origin. It is a versatile hunting dog, known for its ability to work in difficult terrain.

General details

Males of the breed have a height of approximately 60 to 70 cm and females of 58 to 65 cm. In terms of weight, males can weigh between 32 and 37 kg, while females have an average weight of 28 and 32 kg. This breed belongs to Group 7 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes pointers. It is estimated that the Espinones have an average lifespan of 12-14 years.

Breed history in brief

The Spinone, also known as Spinone Italiano, is an ancient breed of pointing dog originating in Italy. It is believed to have its roots in hunting dogs used by the ancient Romans. Over the centuries, the Spinone has been used as a versatile hunting dog, especially for hunting waterfowl and searching for tracks in difficult terrain. The evolution of the breed is attributed to dedicated Italian breeders who carefully selected specimens with the desired characteristics, such as endurance, intelligence and ability to work in varied terrain. As hunting has become less relevant in modern society, the Spinone has found new roles as a companion and search and rescue dog.

Breed characteristics

The Spinone is a robustly built dog, with well developed muscles and strong bones. Its large eyes are ochre colored and rounded, and the ears are triangular in shape and usually pendant. The tail is thick and carried horizontally or low. The coat is dense and rough, and provides protection against weather and vegetation in the field. The coat is water resistant and may have a slightly curly texture. The outer coat is rougher, while the undercoat is softer and denser. Characteristic colors of the Spinone include solid white, white with orange or brown spots, and solid orange. The Spinone's temperament is characterized by its sociable nature, intelligence and patience. It is an experienced and hardy hunter, able to adapt to different terrain and conditions. In addition, its gentleness, affection and adaptability make it an ideal companion for both family and other animals.

Common health problems

The Spinone breed is characterized by good health. However, they are prone to develop certain disorders or pathologies such as hip and elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, glaucoma, autoimmune thyroiditis and hypothyroidism.

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