The Spinone Italiano, also called the Italian Pointer, is a well-liked breed of massive, rugged-looking dog that originated in Italy. It belongs to the sporting breed family which is remarkable for their amiable nature, and being well-rounded companions. Spinone Italianos have been bred to become hunting dogs. Their dense, wiry coat is thick, and comes in various colors that include solid white and bi-color patterns such as white and orange, orange roan with or with no orange patches, brown roan with or with no brown patches, and white with some brown markings.
Height and Weight
Both the male and female members of the Spinone Italiano breed normally stand a height of 22 ½ to 27 ½ in at the withers, and weigh 61 to 85 lbs.
Spinone or Italian Pointers, in general, are canines that possess great strength and stamina that suit well for hunting. They are happy, enthusiastic, and highly intelligent pets. The breed is also identified to be pleasant, easy-going, and rather upbeat. Although they can become very serious while at work in the wild, Italian Pointers have a funny side that is oftentimes entertaining. They are gentle with children and patient with other animals. They love to be with people, and tend to be excellent swimmers and retrievers. Italian Pointers are usually the quiet type, though may howl on occasion when necessary. They are not the guarding types, but the breed may attack when the family is threatened directly. To keep them from becoming timid, proper socialization would be highly recommended.
Spinone Italianos are easy to groom. Nonetheless, occasional stripping may be needed to get rid of their dead hair. Brushing the breed on a weekly basis may also be necessary. Bathe sessions, in addition, can be done occasionally.
Members of the Italian Pointer breed are susceptible to a few health issues. These include hip dysplasia, cerebellar ataxia, and bloat. Nevertheless, with proper care, nutrition, and exercise, the breed can live for as long as 12 years.
Spinone Italianos love to be with their family owners. In fact, they like to follow wherever their masters are, even indoors. They have pleasant house manners, but would prefer access to a securely fenced yard. When it comes to exercise, Italian Pointers only have minimal to moderate activity levels indoors, and moderate to high requirements outdoors.