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Welcome to SCOA Online!

Spinone Club of America (SCOA) is the AKC Parent Club for the Spinone Italiano. Founded in 1987, we now boast 500-plus members who participate in dog shows, obedience and agility trials, hunt and tracking tests, field trials, therapy work and more. And, of course, just enjoying the company of their Spinoni at home!

Our Mission:  To promote the integrity of the Spinone by adhering to the breed standard, and by maintaining its versatility as a hunting dog and active companion, through responsible breeding and ownership in the spirit of good sportsmanship.

The Spinone Italiano

"What is that?" For Spinone owners, this is probably the question we most frequently hear. This big dog, with its unique profile, strong build, thick skin, wiry coat, rough beard and large, cushy nose, is a distinctive animal. But what most often draws people's attention are the soft, sweet, almost-human eyes that gravely watch you from beneath its eyebrows.

The Spinone is a versatile hunting dog, which means that it is bred and trained to dependably search for and point game, to retrieve on both land and water, and to track wounded game on both land and water. While the Spinone was bred to hunt, it is a breed that can be enjoyed in many other activities such as showing, agility, obedience and therapy work to name a few.

The Spinone also excels at being a family companion dog. This breed is not for everyone, and the information we provide on this website will help you learn more and decide whether this breed is right for you.

Enjoy your visit! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us for further information.


The Annual SCOA Award Forms Updated February 2023

New award nomination descriptions and nomination forms have been posted under the Awards Committee description:  and in the members only section of the website under forms. 


You need to sign in to retrieve the forms in the members only area.  The forms under the committee file do not require you signing in.

Judges for the 2023 National & Parent Club Specialty

We are very pleased to announce that the judges for the SCOA 2023 National and Parent Club Specialties have been selected by our membership. We will be honored to have Dr. Ludovica Salamon of Italy judge the National Specialty, and AKC judge Mrs. Karin Ashe to judge the Parent Club Specialty, pending AKC approval. We look forward to seeing you all in Weirton, WV from May 20-26, 2023!

The 2023 Calendars Are For Sale Now!

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New SCOA Merchandise

The Ways and Means Committee has been doing a great job in expanding the selection of Spinone Club of America merchandise. Go to our new Spirit Store to see what's available.

Bylaws Vote Complete

We are very pleased to announce that our proposed new bylaws have been approved by the membership and have been submitted to the AKC for consideration during their October board meeting. Thank you to all who participated in this important vote! The new bylaws will take effect only after the AKC has approved them.


We sent an email to all SCOA members on Thursday, July 14, with a link to our 2022 National Specialty Survey. If you have not seen this email, please look in your spam folder, and also add [email protected] to your contacts and/or safe senders list. If the link doesn't work for you, please contact me at [email protected] and I'll send it over again. Thank you! (Kim, Secretary)

Now let's get ready for the 2023 National Specialty!

Next year's National Specialty and related events will take place in Weirton, WV, May 20-26, 2023.
Hunt Tests in nearby Mingo on May 20, 21 and 22, followed by the other events through Friday, May 26, in Weirton.

Please contact the board to volunteer!


We had a great 2022 SCOA National Specialty

this May 15-22, in Lebanon Oregon.

Many thanks to everybody who made this event possible!


Results of our 2022 Board Election

The results of our 2022 election are in, and there is no change to the current board. Many thanks to the nominees and voters who participated! The official election report can be found in our Members Only/Minutes and Reports pages here. (Remember that you need to be logged in to see them.)

Don't Forget!

Every year, we post the Annual Financial Report and Committee Reports in the Members-Only section of this website, so members can read them before the annual meeting.

Spinone Club of America 2022 Calendars are now sold out. Photobooks are now on sale under our Merchandise tab but you cannot get a calendar anymore. Thank You everyone for ordering!




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