Breed of the Week: Spinone Italiano
The Spinone stands at 22-27 inches and weighs approximately 65-85 lbs. The Spinone has a dense wiry coat that can be combinations of white, roan, orange, or brown and requires surprisingly limited coat care. One of the more distinguishing features of the breed is their profuse eyebrow and beard ruff and docked tails.
The Spinone was originally bred as a hunting and family companion so is often considered a great breed for active families who also want a laid back dog as they are less driven than many other sporting breeds. Gentle and docile, the Spinone generally does well with children and other pets. They do require moderate exercise and do not always do well in urban environments.
Spinone’s are fairly healthy for a breed of their size, partially due to their rarity and limited breeding. They can develop hip dysplasia and bloat and have the potential for an inherited movement disorder that should be screened for- cerebellar ataxia.
- The Spinone is one of the few breeds that sports dewclaws on all four feet- this is thought to help with agile turns and balance though they are often removed in pet dogs.
- Though placid, this breed is also surprisingly athletic and have been known to leap fences and excel in agility and obedience.
- Paintings depict a Spinone type dog dating as far back as 500BC.