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Italian Spinone

Italian Spinone


The Italian Spinone (Spinone Italiano) is a very ancient breed, developed in the Piedmont region of Italy. It is believed that this dog is an offspring of the now extinct Spanish Pointer and the Retriever. Surprisingly, these days they’re virtually unknown, while their pedigree can be traced to 500 before Christ. The Italian Spinone is highly appreciated because of his hunting skills and abilities. The Spinone Italiano was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2000.

Height: 24-28 inches  Weight: 62-82 pounds  Lifespan: 12-14 years


The Italian Spinone is a noble and large dog. This breed is well known for its strength and endurance. Dogs of this breed are great hunters, equally successful in any terrain and any climate. Indeed, the Italian Spinone is quite a versatile breed. These dogs are not only excellent hunters but also wonderful household companions. Comparable Breed: German Wirehaired Pointer.


Somewhat shaggy and rough appearance of the Italian Spinone is the complete opposite of his affectionate and gentle nature. This is a very sociable, brave and loyal dog. These dogs have an independent nature but may also show excessive sensitivity. Therefore, the Italian Spinone is not recommended for families with young children. The Spinone is great with other animals, especially dogs. This pleasant and calm breed gets real pleasure from communicating with the man. This breed of dog is not suitable for passive people.

Coat / Care:

The coat is thick, long, slightly wavy and has a wiry texture. On the eyebrows, chin and lips, the Italian Spinone is adorned with long strands of hair, shaping mustache and beard. In order to keep the coat tidy and healthy, it is necessary to occasionally subject the dog to professional trimming. Otherwise, it is enough to clean your pet once a week with a stiff brush. Bathing is recommended only in case of urgent need.

Health Problems:

The Italian Spinone is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to Elbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia and Eye Diseases. The Italian Spinone has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.

Weight / Height:

The male Italian Spinone dog breed’s height is around 24 – 28 inches and weighs around 71 and 82 pounds. Female Italian Spinone dogs can reach a size from 23 – 26 inches and weighs between 62 and 71 pounds.


The Italian Spinone is an apt student, he learns really quickly but can sometimes be too stubborn. Since this is a sensitive breed of dog, you should train them on the basis of respect, fairness and consistency. Hence, it is best to develop a motivational training. It is also recommended to carry out early socialization and the general course of obedience.


The Italian Spinone is a working breed, very tenacious and strong. Therefore, these dogs are not suitable for living in a city apartment. They thrive in a spacious, safely fenced yard. This dog breed is appreciated friendly relations with a man and is excreted in hunting disciplines, agility, tracking, search and rescue and Canistherapy.

Italian Spinone


Other Names:Italian Griffon,Italian Wire-haired Pointing Dog, Spinone Italiano.
Origin:Italy, Europe
Average size:Medium Dog Breed
Color:White, Red and Brown
Intelligence:Intelligent and smart dog
Personalitly:Sociable, Docile, Patient
AKC Dog Ranking:105th Most popular dog breed
Good family dog:Yes,Great family dog
Good with other pets:Yes, But need socialization
Good with children:Yes – Very good with childrens
Good with strangers:Yes –  Very good with socialization
Good apartment dog:Moderate – best in a home with a yard

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