The Italian Spinone (pronounced
Spin-on-ay) is from the north west of Italy and almost died out
until some breeders worked hard to help the breed back to good numbers.
Suited for hunting in all climates and on all terrain. Its coat
in fact protects it from the water and freezing temperatures of
the swamp. It goes nonchalantly into cold, deep water, being an
excellent swimmer and a model retriever. Its innate merits are its
sense of smell, setting, retrieving, recovering, and the close ties
it has with the hunter.
They are a new breed to Australia arriving here in 1987.
They are known for their loving temperament and reliable personality.
Their grumpy appearance contrasts with its gentle and affectionate
disposition. They are very sociable, courageous, loyal and excellent
companion. They are a docile and patient dog, they love children
and are loyal to their families. They have a great capacity for
learning and the desire to satisfy their master most completely.
a good brush each week. Despite their shaggy appearance the stiff
wiry hair is claimed not to collect dirt. However some dogs have
a softer thicker coat that may require more grooming to prevent
knots and matting. They will need extra attention around the mouth
to clear away food and dribble caught in the beard.
They are an active breed that must have good regular daily exercise
such as walking and playing. They also need the occasional jog.
This breed is new in Australia and care has been taken with breeding,
there are no outstanding health issues with the Spinone in Australia.
While there are reports of some problems found in the breed overseas,
the two main problems to look for are entropion of the eye (where
the eyelid turns in) and hip dysplasia.
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