Breeds of dogs: Spinone Italiano

Breeds of dogs: Spinone Italiano

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Italy.
F.C.I classification: Group 7 - standing dogs.

Spinone Italiano, like most breeds in our country, is also a very old breed. In several literary texts there are references of Italic hard-haired dogs. Its maximum splendor and popularity were during the Renaissance period, and it was mainly used for hunting as a set dog. It has come down to our days overcoming the various crossings, with other hunting breeds, to which it has been subjected over the centuries. After the Second World War the breed was re-evaluated and rebuilt by a few large breeders. In addition to Italy, it is a widespread breed also in the United Kingdom and Scandinavia.

General aspect

Large dog. It has a solid and vigorous structure with a strong construction and robust bone structure. His musculature is well developed and evident. The peculiarity of this breed is the weaving of the fur; it is defined as hard-haired. Its head is unique in its expression and position of the hair.


It is one of the most suitable dogs for hunting on all types of terrain. He is a very rustic dog with strong attitudes. He is considered an excellent goalkeeper. His disposition is sweet, peaceful and affectionate; expresses intelligence, confirmed by his exceptional learning ability. His greatest desire is to satisfy the master in his will. For his patience and his sociability he is also suitable for being with family and children. It is a truly unique breed for its morphological and behavioral qualities.

Spinone Italiano Roano Marrone (photo

Spinone Italiano (photo website)


- males from 60 cm to 70 cm
- females from 58 cm to 65 cm
- males from 32 kg to 37 kg
- females from 28 kg to 30 kg

Trunk: with construction tending to the square.
Head and muzzle: with diverging upper longitudinal axes. The skull has an oval shape with a barely hinted stop. The muzzle has the same length as that of the skull. The nasal bridge is slightly mountainous or straight.
(see comment on the heads of the Italian Spinone by Ezio Pagliarini)
Truffle: on the same line as the nasal bridge, it must be large and voluminous.
Teeth: regularly aligned and complete in number and development; scissor or pincer closures are allowed.
Neck: its length must exceed 2/3 of the total length of the head.
Skin: well adherent to the body. It is thinner on the head and in some parts of the body.
Limbs: both hindquarters and forelegs must be perpendicular to the bone structure and always well proportioned.
Shoulder: ¼ long at the withers, with an inclination of 50 degrees with respect to the horizontal plane.
Musculature: well developed and evident.
Upper line: composed of two lines. The first straight from the withers to the eleventh dorsal vertebra and a slightly convex that connects with the lumbar region. The rump is wide.
Tail: with hanging at the right height. Bigger at the root.
Proportions: square construction; head length equal to 4/10 of the height at the withers.
Hair: long and straight, very thick. Quite close to the body. The undercoat is lacking.
Allowed colors: white, orange white, white and brown, roan, brown roan.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, tricolor of the coat, non-standard measures, convergent cranium facial axes, concave nasal cane, depigmentation of the truffle, tan markings, monorchidism, cryptorchidism.

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