Spinone Italiano

Sporting Group

Spinone Italiano dog lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 22-25 in, Males 23-27 in

Weight

60-85 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-12 yrs

History

The origins of the Spinone Italiano are a bit unclear because the breed is so old. It is believed that it most likely developed in the Piedmont region of Italy, but theories say the breed's place of origin could have been France, Spain, Russia, Greece, or Celtic Ireland. The Spinone Italiano's name comes from "spino", a thorn bush common in Italy's Piedmont where small game animals loved to hide. While the plant was essentially impossible for most animals to move through, the Spinone Italiano's thick, rough coat made navigation through the brambles a breeze.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Spinoni Italiano will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

★☆☆

★★

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★☆


Energy Level

★☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★☆☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Calm, easygoing, enthusiastic, and friendly

Very people-oriented and need to be with family most of the day

Natural retrievers that will bring you slippers and other treasures

Good at digging and jumping, so they do best in a yard with a tall, sturdy fence

Intelligent and somewhat stubborn- they generally will not obey a command if they don't see a good reason to