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Italian Spinone

The Italian Spinone, also called Spinone Italiano or Spinone, is an ancient Italian breed. The Italian Spinone is hugely popular in their native country as an all-purpose gundog. Their strong head with an almost human expression, their unique top-line and thick skin and coarse coat making them instantly recognisable. Naturally sociable, docile and patient, the Italian Spinone is an experienced hunter in all terrains; very resistant to tiredness, goes easily into thorny underwood, or throws himself into cold water. They have remarkable dispositions for an extended and fast trot; by nature they are excellent retrievers. A gentle, tolerant, sociable dog, the Italian Spinone is a fun companion and enjoys human companionship – be it playing in the garden, to lying contentedly at your feet at the end of a long walk. An active home, where they can get plenty of regular exercise outdoors, is essential. The Spinone Italiano is a loyal and docile companion who is very affectionate with it’s family, they are child-friendly, playful and love attention. The Italian Spinone is welcoming of a stranger so it doesn’t make for a good guard dog. When it comes to other dogs, the Spinone has a sweet, playful attitude and loves the company of other dogs; but smaller animals, like cats, rabbits, and gerbils may excite the hunter and tracker in this breed, although they can mostly live in peace with cats but may play-stalk. The Italian Spinone is slightly stubborn when it comes to training but is very smart. It is often said that you can’t make a Spinone do anything, but you can ask them! So a firm, consistent approach to training started while the Italian Spinone is young is the best way to train them.

Read about the history of this breed – HERE


Most of these stats are from the UK Kennel Club. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.

Group – UKGundog
Bred ForHunting
Rare BreedNo
Country of OriginItaly
TemperamentSociable, Docile, Affectionate
Exercise NeededMore than 2 hours a day
Size of Home NeededLarge
Height at Withers – Females58-65 cm / 22¾ – 25½ in
Height at Withers – Males60-70 cm / 23½ – 27½ in
GroomingMore than once a week
CoatMedium, course, dense
Life SpanOver 10 years
  • The breed name is derived from “Bracco Spinoso,” meaning “prickly pointer.” The term refers to either the dogs’ wiry coat or the thorny shrubs they flush game out of.
  • The plural of Spinone is Spinoni and not Spinones.
  • Traditionally, a Spinone’s tail was always docked, but since the law banning the procedure came into effect in 2007, tail docking is now illegal with the exception being for some working breeds and if a dog suffers from some sort of health issue that requires their tails to be docked.
  • This breed likes to jump and dig, so he needs a securely fenced yard with an area he can call his own.
  • After they eat or drink, the Spinone’s beard is a mess. Be prepared to spend time wiping their face to keep it clean.


Breed standard varies throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about Italian Spinone dogs.


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Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Italian Spinone breed. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

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