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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.


Save the Date for SCOA's First Members' Virtual Gathering

Wednesday, May 26, at 8:00 pm Eastern Time, via Zoom. You will receive an invitation soon!


Photo Contest!

We're running the photo contest online again this year. Submit your photos now, and we can vote for the winners over the summer. The winners will be used to make the SCOA 2022 calendar. Click here for how to submit your photos. This year, we've put together a picture book of all the runners up, because so many of them are too good to miss! See our Merchandise page,

2020ne National Specialty Rescheduled to 9/25-10/1/21

We have delayed the 2020ne National Specialty and related events, which had been scheduled for May, to the last week in September, pending necessary approvals. In the interim, we will be arranging to hold our annual meeting virtually in May, and will be able to hold other events, like the photo contest, online over the course of the summer. 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.

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

If you have any questions, please contact Bob Steele at [email protected]


2022 SCOA National Specialty

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


Watch your Mailbox - News from the Health Committee

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!


Contact Us

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For Rescue Info:
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For Officers and Board Members: 
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For Health Committee: 
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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.