spinone italiano breed information
common health issues
The exact ancestry of the Spinone Italiano, also known as the Italian Pointer, is somewhat unclear. Various groups claim she descends from German or French pointing breeds, but it is in the Piedmont region of Italy that she developed into the dog she is today. Traditionally bred as a gun dog, used for hunting, pointing and retrieving game, she continues to serve that purpose today.
The Spinone is a true family dog, easygoing and gentle, affectionate and sociable with children and other dogs. Her loping pace makes her a perfect jogging companion, and her energetic nature ensures that she can keep pace over longer distances. She is loyal, intelligent and easily trained, as long as a gentle hand is used to accommodate her sensitive side.
The Spinone is squarely built, with her height being roughly equal to her length, and weighs around 75 to 85 lbs. Her coarse, wiry coat can range from solid white to orange or brown with white markings, but regardless of color, it requires little care apart from occasional brushing. Her beard, on the other hand, can lead to drips and slobbering!
Slobbering aside, Spinones are still prone to some hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health — not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Spinone Italianos are prone to include eye conditions such as entropion; joint conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia; and neurologic conditions such as cerebellar ataxia.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Spinone Italiano inherits anything more than a slobbery chin, you’re covered.