After World War II, the breed was reconstructed by a few great breeders in Italy. Its sense of smell, setting, retrieving, recovering, the close ties it has with the hunter are its innate merits. 

Its grumpy looking character contrasts with its gentle and affectionate disposition. It has a great capacity for learning and the desire to satisfy its owner most completely. Very sociable, courageous, loyal and an excellent companion. 

The Spinone has a marked tendency to trot broadly and swiftly.   

A revision to the AKC standard for the Spinone Italiano has been approved by the club's members and the AKC, to take effect on January 1, 2019. The link below will bring you to a side-by-side comparison of the current and the revised standard.

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ENCI Italian Breed Standard

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