With origins dating back to 500 BC, the Italian Spinone is an ancient breed believed to be one of the oldest gun dogs in existence. Still widely used for this purpose, the Spinone specialises in retrieving game from water, and seeking out animals hidden deep in cover. With a square, strong-muscled build, these dogs are able to traverse almost any terrain with ease, further adding to their hunting capability. Their coats are wiry and tough, and are most commonly seen in solid white with the occasional spattering of orange or brown. Despite their hunting background, Spinones are docile in temperament and extremely loving and affectionate towards their families.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Gentle in temperament, these dogs treat children very well and so are a good fit for young families. The Spinone is easy-going by nature and so can happily live in an apartment-style setting, however at least a small yard is preferable. It is important to note that significant dog-proofing of the backyard is essential with this breed - these dogs can jump surprisingly high, and are known to dig the occasional tunnel.
Common Health Issues
Hip Dysplasia, Bloat, Cerebellar Ataxia.