Spinone Italiano Dog Breed Information
Spinone Italiano Coat
The Spinone Italiano has a thick, wire-haired coat that is slightly wavy and water resistant. The hair is longer on the eyebrows, lips, and chin where it forms a moustache and beard. The coat comes in such colours as white, orange roan, white with orange, orange roan with orange patches, white with brown, brown roan, or brown roan with brown patches. This breed is an average shedder.
Spinone Italiano Character
Often referred to as the Spinoni, this breed is a large, strong, and substantial dog with a distinctive appearance. In their hunting duties they exhibit great stamina and endurance and are also methodical and efficient. They are not considered a racy or flashy breed. As companions they exhibit a loving, sweet, and affectionate nature.
Spinone Italiano Temperament
The Spinone Italiano is exceedingly intelligent, exuberant, and cheerful. They take their hunting duties very seriously, but are lively and entertaining in the home environment. They thrive on human companionship and do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time. They will suffer separation anxiety and will become bored and destructive. Spinone Italianos are excellent with considerate children and other household pets, although they do have a tendency to chase after anything that runs. The Spinone Italiano is generally quiet and is not suited for use as protection. They have a very patient nature and will return respect they are given.
Spinone Italiano Care
This breed requires weekly brushing as well as occasional professional stripping of the coat. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary to preserve the integrity of the coat. The Spinone Italiano is typically a healthy breed but may be prone to hip dysplasia, bloating, or an inherited disease called Cerebellar Ataxia which causes an abnormal gait.
Spinone Italiano Activity
This breed's activity level varies. When indoors they are low to moderately active; when outdoors their activity level is medium to high. The Spinone Italiano benefits from securely leashed walks and makes an excellent jogging companion. They greatly enjoy family play sessions, swimming, and hunting. This breed does best in a home with a yard that is securely and highly fenced.
Spinone Italiano Health and Life Expectancy
The life expectancy of the Spinone Italiano is around 12-14 years. There are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed, although these are relatively health and hardy dogs. This includes bloat and HD. The parents of the Spinone Italiano puppy should have OFA certificates.