Dog Breed Group: Gun Dog
Life Span: 12-14 years
Weight: Male: 28-31, Female: 24-26
Height: Male: 23-27, Female: 22-25
Origin of Name: The Spinone Italiano is an Italian breed of hunting dog, traditionally used for tracking, for pointing and for retrieving game.
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Spinoni, a very old breed, are among the many field dogs in continental Europe renowned for their versatility. His strengths as a hunter's companion include intelligence, a great nose, the ability to reclaim on land or lake, and endurance to work all day and demand more than eagerness. The name Spinone means "Pino", a thorny tree found in the Piedmont region of Italy. It was there that the All-Weather, All-Purpose Spinoni was first banned for working with human hunters in the mountainous region of Alpine Italy. Spinone is thought to be a cross of thick-haired Italian setters, born with those abandoned by Greek merchants and others from the Adriatic coast, besides being crossed with the White Mastiff and perhaps the French Griffon.