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Spinone Italiano

Also known as: Italian Spinone

Breed origin: Italy
Original purpose: All-purpose hunting dog.

AKC recognized: 2000
AKC group: Sporting

Size: Weight: males 75 to 86 lbs; females 64 to 75 lbs
Size: Height: males 23 to 27 inches; females 22 to 25 inches
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Color: Solid white; white and orange; orange roan with or without orange markings; white with brown markings, brown roan with or without brown markings.

Life span: 8 to 12 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Spinone Italiano is vigorous, robust, sociable, docile, patient, and affectionate. They are loving and gentle with children, and friendly with strangers. Their weather-resistant coat and thick skin enable them to hunt on any terrain. They have the stamina to trot all day, but don't run fast like most other hunting breeds. They make excellent jogging partners because they don't have the tendency to race ahead of the jogger. Gentle and sensitive, they respond best to positive training methods and do not tolerate harsh handling.

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Good with children? Yes

Protective? No

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Good jogging partner? Yes

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, cerebellar ataxia.

Additional photos of Spinone Italiano

Recommended books for further reading:

Spinoni Italiano (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Richard G. Beauchamp and Alice Van Kempen
Published in 2005
158 pages

Italian Spinone
By Richard G. Beauchamp
Published in 2002
160 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Spinone Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Spinone Club of America Rescue

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