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Spinone Italiano

SpinoneItaliano

A Gentle & Lovable Clown

Docile, friendly, loves to retrieve

Spinone Italiani are affectionate, outgoing, and devoted large dogs. These easygoing and gentle dogs get along with just about everyone including children, other pets, and unfamiliar dogs. Ideal human companions are active singles, families, and experienced dog handlers. Due to their sporting dog nature, they need a long walk or a good run outdoors for exercise every day. Spinone Italiani are family oriented dogs who enjoy being with their families.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:22-27 in. Weight:62-82 lb Lifespan:12-14 years

Size
4

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
2

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Spinone Italiani are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. This breed loves the water, and swimming is a great form of exercise for your Spinone. They are athletic dogs that excel at dog sports like agility, obedience, tracking, and rally.

Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly. Twice a year stripping is also required for their wiry double coat.

Dental: Spinoni Italiani generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don't worry—your veterinary will show you how!

Spinone Italiano is a versatile hunting dog that is both gentle and happy. This scruffy breed is a quick learner can make an excellent therapy dog. Females may be significantly smaller than males.

Positive Traits:

  • Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable
  • Energetic, active, and athletic
  • Outgoing and friendly personality
  • Great with kids and other dogs: a true family pet
  • Obedient and devoted
  • Intelligent and easy to train

Negative Traits:

  • Can be independent and strong-willed
  • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much
  • Needs daily exercise
  • Needs frequent attention from their family
  • Early obedience training and socialization is recommended

Whether you are considering adding a new Spinone Italiano to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Spinone Italiano will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Spinone Italiano, you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Spinone Italiano could encounter:

The Spinone Italiano was originally bred as an all-purpose hunting dog to work in all climates and on all terrains. Their wiry and dense coat protects them from cold water and dense underbrush. The Spinone Italiano is a playful and enthusiastic dog that needs less exercise than most hunting dogs. Spinone are docile and patient which makes them great companions for families with children. The Spinone Italiano is persistent and has enough stamina to last all day on the hunt, but is just as happy to spend the day with their family.

Consult with your veterinarian if your Spinone Italiano shows signs of the following:

  • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen
  • General reluctance to run or play
  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing
  • Shaking head, ear odor, and/or ears red and painful to touch
  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting
  • Excessive incoordination, beyond normal puppy clumsiness
  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain
  • Care

    Routine Care: Spinone Italiani are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. This breed loves the water, and swimming is a great form of exercise for your Spinone. They are athletic dogs that excel at dog sports like agility, obedience, tracking, and rally.

    Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly. Twice a year stripping is also required for their wiry double coat.

    Dental: Spinoni Italiani generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don't worry—your veterinary will show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Spinone Italiano is a versatile hunting dog that is both gentle and happy. This scruffy breed is a quick learner can make an excellent therapy dog. Females may be significantly smaller than males.

    Positive Traits:

    • Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable
    • Energetic, active, and athletic
    • Outgoing and friendly personality
    • Great with kids and other dogs: a true family pet
    • Obedient and devoted
    • Intelligent and easy to train

    Negative Traits:

    • Can be independent and strong-willed
    • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much
    • Needs daily exercise
    • Needs frequent attention from their family
    • Early obedience training and socialization is recommended

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Spinone Italiano to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Spinone Italiano will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Spinone Italiano, you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Spinone Italiano could encounter:
  • History

    The Spinone Italiano was originally bred as an all-purpose hunting dog to work in all climates and on all terrains. Their wiry and dense coat protects them from cold water and dense underbrush. The Spinone Italiano is a playful and enthusiastic dog that needs less exercise than most hunting dogs. Spinone are docile and patient which makes them great companions for families with children. The Spinone Italiano is persistent and has enough stamina to last all day on the hunt, but is just as happy to spend the day with their family.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with your veterinarian if your Spinone Italiano shows signs of the following:

    • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen
    • General reluctance to run or play
    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing
    • Shaking head, ear odor, and/or ears red and painful to touch
    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting
    • Excessive incoordination, beyond normal puppy clumsiness
    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

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