Does a medium sized, loyal, friendly, energetic yet docile dog sound like the ideal pet for you? Consider the Spinone Italiano (plural Spinoni Italiani), originally bred as a gun dog in Italy and also known by names such as the Italian Griffon, Italian Coarsehaired Pointer, or Italian Wirehaired Pointer.
In terms of size, Spinoni Italiani are 22-27 inches tall on average and weigh in proportion to their height. The average lifespan of a Spinone Italiano is 10-12 years.
Spinone Italiano dogs are quite playful and extremely affectionate with family members. They are reasonably patient and tolerant with young kids and can get along well with other dogs provided there is proper socialization around kids and animals as puppies.
Spinoni Italiani are neither overly reserved nor overly friendly with strangers. They make moderately good watchdogs. This is a reasonably adaptable breed that can adjust to some changes in routine. A Spinone Italiano can adapt very well to apartment living and is a good choice for first-time pet parents. However, Spinoni Italiani are very sensitive. This breed can tolerate cold weather very well and hot weather slightly less so.
It requires patience to train a Spinone Italiano because this dog, while intelligent and eager to please, can be stubborn. A reward-based approach works best where you offer the dog something in return for doing what you bid. A Spinone Italiano has a strong prey drive and must be kept on leash or in a fenced yard when outside.
Spinoni Italiani have moderate energy levels and mental stimulation needs. Compared to other sporting breeds, they require less intense exercise, but long walks, hikes, or swims can be a great time to bond with their owners and provide a a Spinone Italiano with the opportunity to expend energy. These dogs are not very vocal but will bark on occasion to alert you.
The Spinone Italiano’s medium length wiry coat requires hand stripping rather than scissoring to remove dead hair and to maintain the length of the coat so that it looks neat and groomed. The coat can shed quite a lot. Spinoni Italiani are moderate droolers.
Overall, a Spinone Italiano is a solid, robust, hunting dog that is known more for its stamina than speed. A Spinone Italiano makes a versatile and sweet-natured family companion. The Spinone Italiano’s adorable expression, characteristic beard, and thick eyebrows make this dog instantly lovable.
If you can’t wait to bring home an adorable Spinone Italiano puppy, you’ve come to the right place. At Puppy Hero, we have personally verified every Spinone Italiano breeder so you can bring home your new four-legged friend with complete peace of mind.