There have been many articles and lectures pondering on how to teach ‘type’ to those who want to be students of any breed. Richard Beauchamp wrote an excellent book on type and he does a very good job of defining it. These photos are an effort to help us all ‘train our eyes’. The truth is type is something that can be discussed and pondered, but that elusive idea of a ‘trained eye’ is what we all seek. This collection of photos is an effort to do this very thing. These dogs are gone or retired or, for the most part, not in the US. They are by and large excellent examples of the sturdy, strong, robust breed that we endeavor to understand. While all dogs have faults, that is not what we hope to point out here. What we hope to underline is this dog with powerful bone, robust, deep, sturdy and rustic. Of course we must remember that photos are not 3 dimensional. A Spinone is a wide dog, it is not a leggy and narrow dog with a shallow body - it is a deep, wide, sturdy dog.
Suzanne Hudson (Chairman of Judges Education for the Spinone Club of America)
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