Hard, dense and shaggy, with no undercoat.
All white; white and orange; white with chestnut markings; orange roan with or without orange markings; and brown roan.
This charming gentleman is calm, affectionate and easygoing, although he can be timid if he is not socialized as a puppy. When socialized, he is friendly toward strangers, if sometimes cautious. He quickly bonds with his family. He is loyal and faithful, but he will never forget a betrayal. As an adult he is docile but still playful. He is courageous but not aggressive. The Spinone is happiest when treated as a member of the family.
The Spinone Italiano can adapt to just about any living situation. He is quite calm indoors but active and energetic outdoors. He needs to be with his family and does not like to be left alone for long periods. He must have a high, secure fence (at least 6 feet [2 m]) because he can be quite a jumper. He also likes to dig and may "tunnel out" if left to his own devices for too long in the backyard.
The Spinone Italiano can do well in the sports of field trials, hunting, tracking, agility and conformation.
The Spinone Italiano is a large, active dog, but rather than being a sprinter, he tends to be a bit more methodical. A daily walk or jog, some free time outdoors in a fenced-in area, plus a play session or two should take care of his exercise needs.
The athletic Spinone is a hearty eater whose weight should be monitored. He needs the energy that food gives him, but of course he must be kept in shape. A high-quality, age-appropriate diet is best. Feeding twice a day as an adult is recommended.
The Spinone Italiano is intelligent and a fast learner. However, he is not always a good performer; he will do what you tell him to if he sees a reason for it. Given his sensitivity, gentle training early on is ideal.
The Spinone Italiano is loving and patient with children. He gets along well with other animals, especially other dogs.
The average life span of the Spinone is 12 or more years. Breed health concerns may include cerebellar ataxia (CA); eye problems; and hip dysplasia.
This breed requires no more than a weekly brushing with a grooming rake to strip out the dead hair.
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