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Spinone Italiano

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Only recently recognized in the US, the Italiano Spinone has been long acknowledged by the international canine community for his gentle, devoted nature, intelligence, versatility and working ability.  Dating from the Renaissance period (at least) the Italians enjoyed a rough coated dog that was an exuberant worker and pleasant companion.  Today while the Spinone compares well on many levels with the Golden and Labrador Retrievers, the Spinone also brings a calmer nature and working versatility.  These two factors combined with their athleticism, fearlessness and intelligence will no doubt add up to one thing.  We will all be hearing more about the Spinone as the breed makes more and more appearances in the arenas of dogsport and the homes of neighbors as a treasured companion.
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General Information
Group(s): SportingRetrieverPointer-Setter Height: 23-27.5 inches
Weight: 64-86 pounds Longevity: low teens
Colors: solid white or white with brown or orange patches including flecks in tan, orange or brown. Coat type: tough, thick, wiry up to 2.5 inches long
Recognized Registries: FCI, ANKC, CKC, TKC, AKC, UKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: Strong, solidly built gun dog with weather impervious coat, kind expression.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: faithful, intelligent, patient, affectionate
  with Children: generally very good
  with other pets: variable (intended for retrieving after all)
  with dogs: somewhat variable but generally good
Socialization requirements: moderate
Ideal home characteristics: Commitment to providing suitable and ongoing physical and mental stimulation. Loves swimming if introduced properly and young.
Temperament Notes: Determined, focused when working, devoted companion, hardworking and enthusiastic. Prefers to be doing something.
Training requirement: high: socialization, basic manners and some ongoing activity
Trainer notes: The Italiano Spinone embodies many of the characteristics that have made the Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever such popular training partners.  A high desire to please, devotion and inclination to provide attention to their trainer.  Additionally the Spinone comes from a history of versatility which would provide yet another advantage to the trainer interested in multiple areas or competition or training.  Some examples of this breed could be exceptional in areas like Search and Rescue, Pet Therapy and others.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1950s
Country of Origin: Italy
Original Function: retriever and pointer
History: A rough coated Pointer existed during the Renaissance but was nearly lost until some breeders resurrected the breed in the early 20th century.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: cerebellar ataxia, hip /elbow dysplasia, eye problems
Health Testing: OFA, CERF, testing is underway for a DNA marker for cerebellar ataxia,
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Spinone Italianos?
  • Why do you have Spinone Italianos (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Spinone Italiano?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Spinone Italiano?
  • How would you describe the ideal Spinone Italiano home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Spinone Italiano?
  • How do you assist or help Spinone Italianos in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites: - Spinone Club of America Rescue Contacts and other Information

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - Spinone Club of America Standard - Standard of the Italiano Spinoe as per The Kennel Club (UK)

    Breeder Ethics: - Spinone Club of America Code of Ethics

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