At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 55 - 57 lbs.

Height: 20" - 26"

Life Span: 12 - 13 years

Italian Spinone

Also know as: Spinine Italiano, Spine Nicknames., Italian Pointer

Group: Sporting

Origin: Italy (1200s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Hunting, Field Trials

History and Facts: Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Spinone descended from other Pointer breeds -- most likely the Segugio or Korthals Griffon.

Temperament / Behavior
Intelligent, obedient and patient, the Italian Spinone is serious when hunting, but can be silly and entertaining when at home. Its somewhat rowdy personality is best suited for active couples or families that are willing to play along. The breed can be social; most prefer constant companionship from people or other dogs. Some animals can become timid if not socialized properly. The Spinone may warn you when a stranger is coming by barking or howling, but it does not have a protective nature. It is not an effective guard dog. Tends to be somewhat stubborn, but fairly easy to train.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Hip dysplasia; bloat; cerebellar ataxia (brain disorder resulting in uncoordinated muscle movement); brain disorders that cause unnatural gait

Special Needs
Exercise: No special exercise requirements.

Grooming: Weekly brushing and "stripping" (pulling dead hair gently from the body rather than cutting it ) is required for your Italian Spinone.


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