What is a Spinone?
Pronunciation in Italian is Spi - no - nay (singular) and Spi - no - nee (plural).
The Spinone is a versatile hunting dog of ancient heritage with origins in northern Italy. It is a methodical and thorough hunter, built for endurance; it moves in an easy, loose trot, covering maximum ground with minimum effort. The breed has been characterized as hunting not for itself, but for its master. The Spinone’s gentle disposition and docile temperament make it an excellent family companion as well.
The Spinone is a large, rugged dog, with a distinctive head, hanging ears and eyes described as “human-like.” It is strong-boned and substantial, with a square build, and has a very resistant thick skin and harsh coat well suited to the field. Everything about this breed indicates great strength as well as stamina. The Spinone is suited for hunting in all climates and on all terrain. Its harsh coat and thick skin protects it in the field, water and freezing temperatures. It is an excellent swimmer and retriever.
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