Spinone Italiano

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Spinone Italiano History

The Spinone Italiano, or Italian Pointer, is a medium-large sized breed of gundog. It is an ancient scenthound, and is believed to have originated in the Italian region of Abruzzo, southern Italy. The Spinone was the first scent hound to be crossed with a pointer, resulting in the modern Sporting Group. The history of the Spinone spans many centuries, with records of breeding as early as 1278, and the earliest portraits of the breed date back to the 15th century. The Spinone is the national dog of Italy, and is an ancient and noble animal.

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Segugio Italiano

Spinone Italiano Physical Characteristics

The Spinone Italiano is a small, medium-to-large sized breed that typically stands between 15 and 20 inches tall at the shoulders, and weighs between 15 and 30 pounds. They have a strong, muscular, athletic build, with a head that is wedge shaped, with a long muzzle, large, round eyes, and a thick, double coat of fur that is either gray, steely blue, or red. They are friendly, active, and devoted to their families.

Eye Colors

Brown, Amber

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 23 – 27 inches

Female Height Range: 22 – 25 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 70 – 84 lbs

Female Weight Range: 62 – 70 lbs

Spinone Italiano Health

Description of breed health.


10-12 yrs

Spinone Italiano Health Concerns

Bloat, Ataxia, Otitis Externa, Ectropion, Cataracts, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism

Spinone Italiano Temperament and Behaviour

The Spinone Italiano is a calm, gentle, and well-mannered breed of dog. They get along well with children and other pets, as well as their family members. They are well behaved indoors, but are also very active and need plenty of exercise. The Spinone is intelligent, and does well with training and discipline.

Spinone Italiano Activity Requirements

The Italian Spinone is a medium-size, sturdy dog that was developed in Italy. This intelligent, loyal, and cheerful dog makes a great pet. While they are not a high-energy breed of dog, Italian Spinones do require regular exercise. They are not suited to lounging around all day, and they do need regular walks. An outdoor activity, such as hiking or running, is a great way to keep these dogs happy.

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Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Spinone Italiano is part of the Sporting group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Spinone Italiano is part of the Gundog group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Spinone Italiano is part of the Gundog group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Spinone Italiano is part of the Sporting group.

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