Spinone Italiano

Description

The Spinone Italiano is a unique-looking breed. It was developed as a hunting companion and has certain physical characteristics. Its coat is very coarse and thick. The coat lies close to its skin and varies in length and thickness. It is typically longer on the back and shorter and thicker on the head and legs. The coat is naturally resistant to water and does not feature an undercoat. The breed has a strong body. Its chest is wide and deep. The neck is wide and well muscled and extends to a back that slopes at the shoulders and inclines toward the tail. The tail is docked and tends to narrow towards the tip. The head is elongated and features a muzzle that is wedge shaped. Its eyes are larger than average with a significant amount of space between them. The ears are set low and are “v” shaped. The breed stands on very muscular and long legs. The front legs are straight while the back legs are well angled.

Temperament

The Spinone Italiano is a friendly breed that is devoted to its family. It usually gets along with everyone in its family. This breed is especially good with children. It has patience and will not easily succumb to their rough play. Although it will bark if a stranger arrives at its home, it will not usually attack. This breed is very easy to train and learns new tricks quickly.

Height and Weight

Male height: 23-27 inches Male weight: 60-82 pounds Female height: 22-25 inches Female weight: 60-82 pounds

Health Problems

The Spinone may develop elbow or hip dysplasia and cerebellar ataxia.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Spinone Italiano is a breed that can live in just about any environment. While it enjoys being indoors so that it can be close to its family, it is fine outdoors in an average size yard enclosed with a fence. If kept indoors, this breed should have regular opportunities for exercise.

Exercise

High energy is characteristic of the Spinone Italiano. This breed should have the opportunity to exercise on a daily basis. It does best with vigorous activity, such as running. However, training and playing are sufficient forms of exercise for this breed.

Life Expectancy

The Spinone has an average life expectancy of 12 years.

Litter Size

The Spinone has an average litter size of 8 puppies.

Grooming

The coat of the Spinone doesnтАЩt require a significant amount of grooming. Brushing the coat will help to eliminate loose hairs. This breedтАЩs coat does not shed heavily. The coat should be trimmed and washed as needed.

Origin

The Spinone was originally developed in Italy.

Group

Sporting

Color

The Spinone is usually white all over. The breed may also have apricot or brown markings.