SPINONE DOG

The great Italian hunter, the Spinone, represents one of the most versatile and ancient continental show dogs. Its name comes from “spino” in Italian, which describes its hard hair. Own. F. Riley.
A robust hunting dog, with a square build, a hard and strong coat, the Italian Spinone stands between 60 and 70 cm, the female 5 cm less. The male weighs between 32 and 37 kg in males, and 29 and 34 kg the females. The head is long and flat, with slightly descending laterals; large and quite round eyes, the iris is ochre colored, more or less intense according to the coat color; the ears dropping and long, in triangular shape. The neck is strong and quite short, according to the FCI, its length should not be under 2/3 of the head’s length; the shoulders strong and well sloped backwards; the forelegs straight; slightly sloping carpus; wide and deep chest, and slightly descending upper outline from the withers elevated to the kidneys. Long and strong legs; hocks low; compact and round feet. The coat is slightly wavy; provided with eyebrows, moustache and beard. The hair is 4 to 6 cm at the torso and shorter at the face, head, ears, interior limb faces and at the feet. The color can be white, white with orange spots, orange mottled white, white with brown spots or brown roan.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR             
An adaptable hunter, proud in training, the Spinone is not very popular for most fans. It is a gentle hunting dog, chivalrous, that needs to be with a family. It is balanced, confident, and very independent. It is apt to be in company with other dogs and can coexist with other animals without complaints or problems. Its grandfather appearance gives it a peculiar attractive and it is a natural child guardian. The Spinone should have an opportunity to practice hunting, since its instinct is strong, and responds to training quickly.
 
A polite show dog, the Spinone expects no less from its owner.     
 
DEVELOPMENT             
The Spinone weighs 4.5 to 5.5 kg after eight weeks. According to breeders it needs two and a half years to complete physical maturity. The owner is recommended to follow a diet prescribed by the breeder as well as an exercise program, especially until reaching maturity. The owner should watch the leg and back bone growth. The Spinone usually eats very well, so overfeeding should be avoided. Adolescence is marked by the hair change to the hard adult coat, with which the color darkens somewhat. Training and socialization should procure a balanced, confident dog.
 
HEALTH
With all its virtues, the Spinone continues being a rarely seen dog that keeps waiting for its popularity. 
Since the Spinone has been bred exclusively in its natal Italy for a long time, it is a relatively new breed in English speaking countries, where there are not many veterinarian data. It seems clear that the Spinone in general is a healthy and resistant breed, due to its hunting and hardworking origins. As in other deep chested breeds, stomach torsion may occur, for which necessary diet and exercise precautions should be taken. There is also a certain incidence of hip dysplasia, and although exact percentages are unknown, it is advisable to ask for X – rays. Breeders inform skin allergies, as well as isolated thyroid problem cases. Hair care is not difficult, but important for a good health as well as proper coat growth. Ears should be controlled and cleaned regularly to prevent infections.
Although its appearance is of a docile hunter, the Spinone is brave and very protective of its family. It is comfortable inside the house, but prefers active exercise and finding a bird.