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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.


2019 SCOA Award Nominations - Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the "Member Nominated Annual Awards".  As a reminder, these awards are the Kemo Cup, Rufus Cup, Ty Cup, Cos Cup, Asti's Compassion, Award of Recognition and Volunteer of the Year.  Please nominate your Spinone, or someone else's Spinone, or someone you know, who should be recognized for their accomplishments.  The nomination form can be downloaded from the "forms" section on the website or from the Awards Committee section.   Note:  Committee members do not nominate.  Please contact the Awards Committee for further questions at:  

Nominations need to be to the committee no later than March 31st, 2019. 


Revised AKC Breed Standard - Saturday, January 5, 2019

The revised written AKC Breed Standard took effect on January 1, 2019.  Our sincere appreciation to the committee, our membership, and other contributors for all their help and input during this process. 


2019 SCOA National Specialty, Loveland, Colorado - Thursday, January 3, 2019

Save the dates:  June 1 - 7, 2019
Click HERE for all NS Information.  You will find many details and links to follow.  Additional details added as known.  Check back often.

Looking for National Specialty Proposals - Thursday, January 3, 2019

We are looking for folks interested is hosting the 2020, 2021, 2022 National Specialties.

Daina Hodges appointed AKC Gazette Coordinator/Contributor - Friday, July 21, 2017

The board is pleased to announce Daina Hodges has assumed the position of AKC Gazette Article Coordinator and Contributor for the club.  Daina may be reached by email.  Please contact her with suggestions for future articles or to offer to write an article.  Welcome Daina and Thank You. 

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2019 SCOA National Specialty - Loveland, Colorado

AKC Hunt Test


2019 SCOA National Specialty, Loveland, Colorado

AKC Hunt Test