Original Name : Spinone Italiano
Type : Braccoid
Male size : 23½-27½ inches
Male weight : 70½-81½ lbs
Female size : 22¾-25½ inches
Female weight : 61¾-66¼ lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Italy
Naturally sociable, docile and patient, Spinone Italianos are skilful hunters on any terrain. These tireless dogs will happily get in among the thorns or enter the icy water if it means getting the job done. Excellent retrievers as well as pointers, they move quickly with an extended trot.
Viewed from the side, the skull is oval, from the front it takes the form of a double-sloping roof, with a highly developed occipital protuberance.
Virtually square-shaped, withers that are not raised too high, slightly convex loins with well developed muscles breadthways, broad, long, very muscular, oblique croup, ample, deep chest descended to the elbows or lower.
Pure white, white with orange markings, white speckled with orange, white with brown (chestnut) markings, roan or brown roan (chestnut).
Practically triangular, carried almost always hanging, with little erection.
Thick, especially at the base, carried level or hanging.
Stiff, harsh, dense, rather close, no undercoat.
Wirehaired dogs from Italy passing for the ancestors of the Spinone Italiano have been described down the centuries, not least in 1683 by the author of a book about hunting by the name of Sélicourt. In the Middle Ages, these dogs were often depicted by great artists, most famously by Andrea Mantegna in a 15th century fresco at the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua.Spinone Italianos are solidly built, robust, hardy and vigorous, with powerful bones and well developed muscles.