The Spinone Italiano (plural: Spinoni Italiani) is a squarely and solidly built all-around hunter. Spinoni are muscular and powerful, built more for endurance than speed. The dense coat has an unclippered look and comes in various colors and patterns. The face conveys the breed’s abundant Old-World charm. Those soft, sweetly expressive eyes set off by shaggy eyebrows and a tufted beard have won many a heart in Italy—and they’re making new conquests here in America every day.
The Spinone Italiano, or Italian Pointer, is Italy's all-purpose hunting dog. Almost every country in Europe has had its own type of Pointer for at least three centuries, and each developed the dog in its own locality according to climate, need, and changing times.
There’s something instantly endearing about these big, idiosyncratic Italians. Calm and a bit goofy around the house, Spinoni have unique habits like trailing water from their beard after a drink, sitting with their butt on the sofa and their front legs on the floor, and sassing their owner with woofs and sighs when they don’t get their way. These are very clever dogs, and sometimes stubborn, but great with kids and other animals. Their soulful expression and gentle manner make them ideal therapy dogs.
The Spinone is the ultimate wash and wear breed and should remain in a normal state, with just occasional brushing and hand-stripping. Owners beware, however - after a drink, their wet and messy beard may leave trail of water wherever they go! Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.