spinone italiano breed information

common health issues

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

Elbow dysplasia is actually a collective term which refers to the effects of one or more diseases of the elbow joint which result in pain and arthritis. Many of these problems can affect both elbows and result in forelimb lameness and elbow pain, often requiring surgical correction.

Entropion describes the inward rolling of the eyelid, often causing the eyelashes to come into contact with the eyeball and cause irritation and often ulceration. Many affected dogs will require surgical correction and severe cases may require multiple surgeries.

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.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1,550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
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