Italian Spinone

Description

The appearance of the Italian Spinone is very distinct. It has a massive body and a long head. Its muzzle is square and comparable in size to the head. The ears hang loosely and fold inward. Its frame is well built and muscular. The neck is very muscular and angular. The neck transitions to the back that is somewhat sloping. Its chest is both wide and deep. Its tail is thicker from the hocks and is carried at a height just below the back. The front legs are straight while the back legs are angled. The breedтАЩs coat is coarse and is more profuse at the legs, ears, and head.

Temperament

The Italian Spinone has a very pleasant demeanor. The breed is independent, but loves being in the company of its family. It is patient, playful, and gentle when interacting with children. The breed extends a pleasant greeting to all who enter its family’s home. The Italian Spinone will bark to alert the family of unwelcome guests, but it will also bark when it hears just about any kind of noise.

Height and Weight

The Italian Spinone is typically just under 30 inches tall and weighs an average of 60 – 85 pounds.

Health Problems

Hip dysplasia may occur in the Italian spinone. This is not a condition unique in the breed, but to large breeds in general. The breed may develop bloat, so it should only be fed small meals several times throughout the day.

Ideal Living Conditions

Outdoor living conditions are most appropriate for the Italian Spinone. The breed is large and needs a great deal of space to be active. If kept in a backyard, the area must be enclosed with a tall fence that is sturdy.

Exercise

The Italian Spinone is an active breed, but needs sufficient exercise. The breed has an average energy level. If the breed resides in a small area, it should have several opportunities for exercise throughout the day. The dog is perfect for a long walk.

Life Expectancy

The Italian Spinone generally lives 12 years.

Litter Size

The Italian Spinone can have as few as one puppy or as many as eight per litter.

Grooming

On most occasions the coat of the Italian Spinone only requires brushing. Hunting types that spend a significant amount of time in water and/or brush should be bathed regularly.

Origin

The Italian Spinone originated in ancient Italy. It was the result of breeding other hunting dogs

Group

Gun

Color

The coat of the Italian Spinone is a solid color of white or orange, or a combination of both colors. The orange-colored types typically have white markings. Types with a white coat usually have brown markings.