Spinone Italiano


A medium to large sized Spinone Italiano
The Spinone Italiano Quick Summary
Also Known AsItalian Pointer
Height (at withers)22-28in (56-71cm)
Weight61-85lbs (28-39kg)
Hair Colour(s)White, orange
Lifespan12-14 years
Energy LevelHigh
Litter size4-10
Barking TendencyLow
Exercise requirementsHigh
Ease of trainingHigh
Suitability for kidsHigh
Animal compatabilityHigh
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftLow

The Spinone Italiano is a medium to large sized squarly-built dog. The body is muscular with a broad chest, well sprung ribs, muscular legs and a docked high-set tail. The long head has a square muzzle, a bulbous nose, large pendulous ears and large eyes set well apart. The single coat is close-fitting, course and dense, with longer hair around the eyebrows and lips, and the colouring tends to be white, sometimes with orange and brown.


Spinone Italianos are mild-mannered and gentle dogs. With great personalities, they are also sociable and devoted dogs that make for loyal companions and family pets for those with the time to dedicate to them. Early socialisation can be required in order to promote stable temperaments, and although these dogs need plenty of attention, they are sensible and rarely noisy. Although stubborn at times, they are intelligent, responsive and eager to please and so training should normally be straighforward, but as they can be sensitive this should always be positive in nature. This shouldn't be a problem and these dogs are suitable for both experienced and novice dog owners alike. Spinone Italianos get along very well with children, but are best suited to older kids becase of their size. They are good with other dogs and pets and will be reserved but polite around strangers. Thanks to to their size they make decent guard dogs and will put off potential intruders, and as they will bark to raise the alarm if something seems amiss they also make effective watchdogs too.

History & Skills

Spinone Italianos originate from Italy, as suggested by their name, with a history stretching back centuries. Although their exact origins are unclear, they are believed to be a cross between French Griffons, the White Mastiff and Italian Setters. However, it wasn't until the early 1800s that they derived their name after an Italian thorn bush, the spino. This bush was a favorite hiding place for small game due to the protection it afforded from larger animals, apart from Spinone Italianos. With their thick skin and coarse hair, they soon became known for their ability to make their way through this thorny undergrowth to find and retrieve game. This breed almost died out during World War II, but was brought back from the brink and is currently the most popular hunting dog in Italy thanks to its great stamina.

Breed Specific Ailments

Spinone Italianos tend to live between 12-14 years and are pretty robust dogs on the whole. Some of the health problems that have been noted in this breed include hip dysplasia and bloat, like in many large dogs, and ear infections.


Spinone Italianos are low shedders and so are suitable for those suffering with allergies. Their grooming requirements are not high, and their coats will require brushing on a weekly basis and clipping every few months or so. Dead hair can be pulled out on occasion, and show dogs will need their coats stripping every few months.

Exercise & Environment

Spinone Italianos can live indoors or outdoors, in moderate to cool climates, but will to spend time with its owners either way. They need a fair amount of exercise, which can be provided by having access to an outside area that must be secure as these dogs love to dig and jump, plus a good daily walk on the leash. Spinone Italianos make good jogging companions, and they love to swim too.


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