Even more ancient than spumoni ice cream, the Italian Spinone is Italy’s all-purpose hunting breed. While the origins of this dog aren’t documented, it is thought that he is the descendant of Italian Setters, White Mastiffs, French Griffons and a variety of breeds left behind by Greek traders. What is known is that a wire haired Italian pointer thrived in Renaissance Italy. Beginning in the 1950s, this dog was reassembled by talented breeders.
The Italian Spinone has an excellent sense of smell and is a tireless hunter. Moreover, this dog shines as both a pointer and retriever on the hunt. He is an excellent dog for retrieving in water and working in close, dense cover. Loyal and intelligent, the Italian Spinone makes a wonderful family pet. However, like most hunting dogs, he needs physical and mental exercise in addition to discipline.
White and orange variations of color in this dog’s coat make him unique among the wirehaired hunting dogs. Though he may be solid white, the Italian Spinone may be orange roan, have orange markings or be white and orange. Brown and white and brown roan are also acceptable colors for this dog.
Males will be between 23.5 and 27.5 inches tall and the withers while females will be between 22.5 and 25.5 inches tall. Male dogs will be larger, weighing in at 75 to 86 pounds and females will weigh between 64 and 75 pounds.