For information about this breed contact the Spinone Club of America at www.spinoneclubofamerica.com
The following information comes from the American Kennel Club.
An excellent retriever by nature and an experienced hunter on any terrain, the Spinone is robust, sociable and docile. His wiry, dense coat and thick skin enable him to negotiate underbrush and endure cold water that would severely punish any dog not so naturally armored. The coat can be solid white; white and orange; orange roan with or without orange markings; white with brown markings, brown roan with or without brown markings.
A Look Back
The Spinone Italiano, or Italian Pointer, is Italy’s all-purpose hunting dog. The dog is a Pointer of the old school, that is, a rather slow-footed dog similar to those used before the era of wing shooting. It is estimated to be a cross of coarse-haired Italian Setters, bred with those left by Greek traders and others from the Adriatic coast, in addition to crosses with the White Mastiff and perhaps French Griffons.
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- Sporting Group; AKC recognized in 2000.
- Ranging in size from 22 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder.
- Hunting dog.
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