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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.


Spinone Club of America 2022 Calendars and Photobooks are now on sale under our Merchandise tab.



Running Order for AKC Hunt Tests at the National Specialty Is Posted here


Judge Update for National Specialty and Associated Events

Because of the difficulty with overseas travel at this point, we have made some changes to the judge lineup for the National and Parent Club Specialties in Weirton, WV on September 30 and October 1 this year:

National Specialty Judge Friday October 1, 2021: Elaine Lessig- Jr Showmanship, 4-6 month Beginner Puppy, Regular & Non-Regular classes

Parent Specialty Judge Thursday September 30, 2021: Ann Yuhasz- Jr Showmanship, Regular & Non-regular classes

Photo Contest!

Congratulations to the Calendar Contest Winners for the 2022 Calendar and to Jolene Newcomer for winning Best In Show!

Calendar Committee

Congratulations to the Winners of our 6 Categories! 



2020ne National Specialty
September 25-October 1, 2021

The 2020ne National Specialty and related events will take place in the last week in September, pending necessary approvals, in West Virginia. Here's a link to the National Specialty Website.  We are very grateful for the patience and hard work of Bob Steele, Barb Spence and so many other people, who are working very hard to bring these events to life in such difficult times.
Attention Hunters needing accommodations for Hunt Tests or NAVHDA here is a list:

Pet Friendly Hotels

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Parkersburg - Mineral Wells (304) 489-4111

80 Old Nicholette Rd, Mineral Wells, WV 26150-6702

Super 8 by Wyndham Athens (740) 594-4900

2091 E State St, Athens, OH 45701-2125

The Blennerhassett Hotel (304) 433-8287

320 Market St, Parkersburg, WV 26101-5337

NO Pets

Knights Inn Athens (740) 593-5565

997 E State St, Athens, OH 45701-2117

Hampton Inn Athens (740) 593-5600

986 E State St, Athens, OH 45701-2116

Hometown Inn (740) 594-2294

100 Albany Rd Route 50 West, Athens, OH 45701-3803


Rivers Bend Campground (10 min away)

1051 OH-144, Coolville, OH 45723 (740) 667-3530

Carthage Gap Camp (10 min away)

22575 Brimstone Rd, Coolville, OH 45723 (740) 667-3072

Cades Cove (10 min away)

42160-42460 Coolville Rd, Reedsville, OH 45772

Circle "S" Campground (40 min away)

481 River Ln, Belleville, WV 26133 (304) 863-6306

We look forward to finally seeing you all in person, in September!

If you have any questions, please contact Barb Spence at

View SCOA's First Member's Virtual Gathering

On May 26, 2021 we held our first virtual meeting. Visit SCOA on our YouTube channel  to view it if you missed it.

While you are on our YouTube channel, please take the opportunity to subscribe so that you will receive updates when we add new content.

2022 SCOA National Specialty

MAY 15-22, 2022
505 Mullins Drive
Lebanon, Oregon 97355



2021 Calendar Is SOLD OUT!


Thank you to the Calendar Committee, who work so hard on this project every year, and to the people who figured out how to make this work online. Most of all, thank you to everyone who submitted photos and who voted!


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Upcoming Events

Club Fiscal Year Ends


The club fiscal years ends on January 31st annually.

Deadline for Additional Nominations


Additional nominations for the SCOA board must be postmarked by February 1st to be valid for consideration.

Club fiscal Year Begins


The club fiscal year begins on February 1st annually.

Club Membership Lapse


All Members who have not paid their current dues by March 1st are considered lapsed and need to re-apply for new membership.

Contested Election Ballots Mailed


If we have a contested election, the balloting service must mail the ballots to the membership on or before 3/15.