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Spinone Italiano

Country/Date of Origin: Italy/1200s

A versatile gundog that is the Italian equivalent of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. The ancestry of the Spinone goes back many centuries and it is thought to be a cross between the Barbet and the Griffon, with a bit of Bracco hound blood thrown in. The Spinone, with its rough coat is useful in bramble, ground or marshes. The breed has been given full recognition by the English Kennel Club and the limited acceptance of the Miscellaneous class in the American Kennel Club.

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AKC Group: Sporting

Breed Club: Spinone Club of America

Rescue Club: Spinone Club of America Rescue

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Body Type:

  • The eyebrows, mustache and beard characteristic of the breed give it a "good natured grouch" expression
  • Height: 24-26 inches (at shoulder)
  • Weight: 71-82 pounds
  • The tail is always docked and is not carried above the horizontal
  • The long ears lie close to the head and are not altered


  • Docile and affectionate
  • but stubborn
  • Very good with children


  • Its single coat is thick, slightly wiry, close fitting and not more than 2 inches long on the body
  • Permitted colors are solid white, white with orange markings, white with brown markings, white speckled with orange or brown roan with brown markings
  • Mats easily and requires regular stripping as well as daily grooming

Health Concerns:

  • Subject to hip dysplasia
  • Hormone conditions
  • Susceptible to ear infections
  • Osteochondrosis of the shoulder
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Tasty Tidbits:
  • This breed is not named after Italian ice cream but it is often called Spumoni instead of Spinone
  • The main complaint about this breed is that it gives wet beard kisses too freely

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