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Italian Spinone Mobile

Italian Spinone

Large, shaggy and friendly, the Italian Spinone is a solid and robust member of the Gundog group. They come in a white coat of medium length, that’s coarse and dense. The Spinone has an attractive, characterful face with expressive eyebrows and a dense beard and moustache.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys walking more than two hours a day
  • Large dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Quiet dog
  • Not a guard dog
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • Great family dog

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12 – 14 years
Weight:  Adult males 34-39kg and females 29-34kg
Height:  Adult males 60-70cm, females 58-65cm
Colours:  White with orange, orange roan, brown or brown roan
Size:  Large 
UK Kennel Club Groups: Gundog


Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 4/5
Easy to train: 4/5
Tolerates being alone: 2/5
Likes other pets: 5/5
Energy level: 4/5
Grooming needs: 3/5
Shedding: 3/5


Work hard – play hard is the Spinone’s ethic. As happy in water as they are on land and capable of working all day, yet playful and friendly at home, it is easy to see why this breed is still popular as a working dog, and as a companion. As with all larger dog breeds, particularly those of a slower, gentler nature, the Spinone is a slow maturing breed, but very much worth the wait! As puppies they are endlessly endearing and comical, and adults become somewhat more dignified but still retain a humorous and affable nature. 

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Italy

The Spinone’s origins are uncertain, with possible influences from early French hounds such as Barbets and Griffons, or possibly descending from older Italian hounds such as the Segugio Italiano. Whatever the truth, dogs resembling Spinones can be seen in paintings from the Renaissance period, and they have a long working history in the hunting field as a Hunt, Point, Retrieve (multi-function) breed.

Did You Know?

Their name is derived from an older name for the breed, ‘Bracco Spinoso’ and refers both to the wiry, prickly texture of the coat and also the prickly undergrowth they would hunt game through.

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