The Spinone Italiano: A Complete Guide

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These are excellent hunters, retrievers, and pointers with wiry, dense coats.

Coat colors include white, white and orange, orange roan, and brown roan. It can also have brown or orange markings.

The nose features large nostrils and can be tan or brown, depending on the dog’s coat.

These dogs descended from ancient Italian dogs used by hunters in harsh terrain. The breed name is derived from “braccospinoso,” which means “prickly pointer.”

The term applies to the wiriness of the dog’s coat or the thorniness of the shrubs that they flush game from.

Evidence of the breed dates back to around 300 B.C., with the mention of pointers with rough coats in Roman history.

The origin of Spinone Italiano’s has been claimed by many countries, including Greece, Russia, France, and Spain.

The dogs’ numbers declined greatly during World War II, and a rescue movement was soon created, resulting in the formation of a breed club, La Famigliadello Spinone, in the 1950s.

The breed was solidified and has been well represented internationally ever since.

The Spinone Italiano is not a guard dog but may react to a direct threat. Otherwise, they are social, docile, intelligent, and energetic dogs who are naturally cautious.

They are very energetic and active, demonstrate stamina and great strength, and can also be goofy and entertaining.

They love children and can become close to their family members, so there is a possibility of separation anxiety.

While the Spinone Italiano may bark to alert you of stranger danger, this breed is not noisy at all.

It’s also great with dogs but should be socialized thoroughly with other pets or with other smaller animals.

Spinone Italiano Puppies – Before You Buy…

Spinone Italiano on a walk
The Spinone Italiano loves spending time outdoors.

What Price are Spinone Italiano Puppies?

The Spinone Italiano is classed as one of the rare Italian dog breeds, so buying one can be an expensive business.

An Italian Spinone puppy will cost somewhere between $770 to $1,000.

How to Find Reputable Spinone Italiano?

Each Breed’s National Club or Parent Club will have a listing for reputable breeders.

If the national breed club for Spinone Italianos has a website, you will find good information about this breed and any other breeder contact information in your area that can help you.

3 Little-Known Facts About Spinone Italiano

  1. Spinone Italianos need regular opportunities to vent their energy and do interesting things. This breed was never intended to be a casual pet.

You should be game enough to take him with you for hiking trips or just to go swimming in the lake or the ocean.

They love to hunt and track and engage in other canine activity that gives them an outlet for their hardwired desires to run and work.

If you don’t give enough physical and mental exercise, as well as companionship, your dog will express his dissatisfaction through barking and destructive chewing.

  1. The Spinone Italiano gets along very well with other dogs. But most Spinone Italianos have strong instincts to run after cats, birds, squirrels, and other fleeing creatures.
  2. The Italian Spinone has a good nature and wants to please, but all hunting dogs also have an independent mind of their own.

It can be stubborn, and he is easily distracted by exciting sights, scents, and sounds. You must show it with consistency and patience that you are the boss, and that you mean every word you say.

Physical Traits of the Spinone Italiano

Spinone Italiano posing in studio
The Spinone Italiano is not a guard dog.

The Spinone Italiano is a large, rugged-looking dog with a long head.

It has a square muzzle when viewed from the side, and it’s the same length as the skull’s backside.

The stop is very slight. The nose has big and wide nostrils. It’s colored flesh in most white dogs while it’s darker in orange and white dogs.

For brown SpinoneItalianos, the nose is also colored brown.

The teeth have a level or scissors bite. The ears also hang and have a triangle shape.

The chest is broad and deep, extending at least to the elbow. The topline slopes slightly from the front of the back to the rump.

Dewclaws are sometimes removed.

The coat is often thick and dense and comes in a solid white color, or orange and white, or orange roan with or without orange markings.

It can also come in white with brown markings or brown roan with or without brown markings.

How Big is a Full-Grown Spinone Italiano?

The mature male Spinone Italiano stands 23 to 27 inches at the withers; while the female stands at 22 to 25 inches.

Weight should be proportionate to their size and structure, ranging anywhere between 60 and 80 pounds.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Spinone Italiano?

The Spinone Italiano has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. Their lifespan is about average for large breeds.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Spinone Italiano

Spinone Italiano on porch railing
The Spinone Italiano gets along very well with other dogs.

Everything about the Spinone Italiano suggests great strength.

Affectionate and gentle inside the home, the Italian Spinone is a serious and determined hunting machine when out in the field.

Although it looks like a gruff old grandfather, the Spinone Italiano is always in a good mood and very playful, even silly at times.

Younger Spinone Italianos can get restless and require a lot of attention, the older ones are calmer and more laidback. They just need their daily exercise, including swimming.

Remember that this dog is a hunter and not merely a home decoration!

This sweet dog needs a lot of early exposure to people, as well as different sights and sounds.

When socialized properly, Spinone Italianos will turn out very friendly or remain cautious but poised.

Most Spinone Italianos get along well with other animals, especially other dogs. Some have a higher prey drive and will pester cats.

It’s very independent and can be very stubborn, but this is not a dominant dog that endures strong-arm training techniques.

He can be a jumper and digger, so make sure fences are secure. Some also drool, especially around food and water.

The Spinone Italiano’s Diet

Spinone Italiano puppies between eight and twelve weeks old need four meals a day.

Feed Spinone Italiano puppies 3 to 6 months old 3 meals in 24 hours.

Feed pups six months to 1-year-old two bowls of food in a day.

When your Spinone Italiano makes his or her first birthday, one bowl of food daily is enough.

Sometimes, adult Spinone Italianos might do better with two smaller bowls. You must adapt to your Spinone Italiano’s eating tendencies.

Top-quality dry dog food ensures balanced nutrition to full-grown Spinone Italianos and may be mixed with broth, water, or canned food.

Your Spinone Italiano may also enjoy cooked eggs, cottage cheese, fruits, and vegetables, but these foods should not result in more than 10% of their daily food allowance.

Spinone Italiano puppies should be fed premium-quality, name brand puppy food.

You should try to limit “people food” since it can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies and bone and teeth concerns.

It might also result in extremely picky eating habits as well as obesity.

Clean, potable water should be made always available, and be sure to clean water and food bowls often.

How Much Exercise Does a Spinone Italiano Need?

This dog simply loves the outdoors. It’s an excellent swimmer and makes an excellent jogging partner.

Provide a consistent exercise regimen.

Remember to put a leash on your Spinone Italiano when going outdoors, or make sure that you have a tall and sturdy fence that can prevent them from running or jumping out.

Spinone Italiano may also show an affinity for digging or tunneling and could benefit from a designated area for this purpose.

Its coat protects it in extremely cold weather, and it’s known to jump into very cold water with no hesitation.

Spinone Italianos need some exercise to burn calories, recharge their brains, and maintain their health.

Exercise also really helps them avoid boredom, which can often lead to naughty behavior.

Supervised fun and games will quell most of your Spinone Italiano’s instinctual urges to herd, dig, chase, retrieve, and chew.

Activity needs can vary based on your Spinone Italiano’s level of health and his or her age.

But a couple of walks down the street every day and ten minutes at the back of the house probably won’t be sufficient.

If your Spinone Italiano is a six to eighteen-month adolescent, his requirements will probably be relatively more.

Spinone Italiano Health and Conditions

Little data has been accumulated for the Spinone Italiano. Hip dysplasia can be a problem just like with other similarly sized dogs.

Sometimes bloating does occur, though it is not a huge problem. Some are more prone to inherit diseases which manifests as an abnormal gait stemming from a problem in some parts of the brain.

My Final Thoughts on the Spinone ItalianoSpinone Italiano guide

The Spinone Italiano is large and sturdy.

It’s an enthusiastic hunting machine that is organized and efficient rather than quick or flashy.

It loves the great outdoors and lives on vigorous exercise and physical activities.

It’s steady-tempered and dependable with everyone.

It’s a decent watchdog, but it’s not a guard dog. It gets along well with other dogs.

It has vigorous exercise requirements and can be destructive when bored, not exercised enough, or left alone too much.

It also sometimes tends to ignore calls and commands when an interesting sight or scent catches their attention.

It also slobbers and drools, especially around food and water. If you are okay with all of these things, the Spinone Italiano may be the best dog for you.

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