All About Spinone Italianos

About This Breed

Intelligent, sociable, and docile, the Spinone Italiano was descended from Griffon stock in the Piedmont area of Italy around the time of the Middle Ages. With its keen sense of smell ability to run fast in a diagonal matter, this dog breed is often used for hunting and retrieving wild game birds.

Physical Characteristics

The Spinone Italiano is a large-bodied dog with square-shaped heads, and long dropped ears. Its distinguishing facial features include a long mustache, bushy eyebrows, and beard.

 COLOR(S)

The Spinone Italiano is most commonly seen in white with yellow or tan patches.

COAT

The coat of a Spinone Italiano is short, rough, and wiry to the touch.

Personality and Temperament

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate

POSITIVES

The Spinone Italiano is loving and loyal to its human family. It often gets along well with kids and other animals. In fact, it loves playing games in and out of the house.

THINGS TO CONSIDER

The Spinone Italiano requires plenty of exercise and regular grooming. It also needs a lot of personal attention and space to run off-leash in a safe area at times. If untrained, the Spinone Italiano will bark and act unfriendly toward strangers at the door.

Care

IDEAL LIVING CONDITIONS

The Spinone Italiano fares the best in the country or the suburbs.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

The Spinone Italiano requires regular grooming attention and daily exercise.

Health

The following conditions are commonly seen in Spinone Italianos:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism

History and Background

The Spinone Italiano, or Italian Pointer, is one of the oldest pointing breeds. Although the exact origin of the breed is unknown, 15th- and 16th-century artwork has been discovered with images resembling the modern-day Spinone. There are those who believe the breed evolved from Celtic wirehaired dogs, while others think the Spinone dogs was probably brought to Italy by Greek traders during the Roman Empire.

What is known is that the development of the modern day Spinone Italiano primarily took place in the Piedmonte district of northwest Italy. In fact, its name is derived from an Italian thorn bush known as pine, indicative of the breed's ability to make its way through thorny bushes.

The Spinone dogs were of great help during World War II, chasing and capturing many German patrols. By the end of the war, however, they faced extinction. Fortunately, proper action was taken in the 1950s to save the breed.

Although not a popular breed in the United States, it has gained recognition in Italy and other European countries.