have been bred to be a versatile hunting dog.
Their strong bodies, thick skin, and webbed feet,
along with their keen sense of smell, enable them
to search or track birds through water, underbrush
and other varied terrains.
Their sweet temperament also makes a Spinone a wonderful
companion dog. However, these dogs do require some
care and commitment from their owners. As large dogs,
Spinoni require exercise and space to run. While some
have said that Spinoni don’t shed, this can
be debated. The American Kennel Club standard for
the coat length in Spinoni is one and a half inches
to two and a half inches (plus or minus a half inch)
with no undercoat. This hair may be flat or crimped.
Either way, some brushing will be needed to remove
old hair, burrs or other debris such as small twigs
which can get caught in their wiry coat. Due to the
lack of an undercoat, these dogs dry quickly. Their
distinctive beards do not seem to dry as quickly.
After a long drink of water, a Spinone might not be
the most welcomed dog in some homes.
Curious by nature, and perhaps tentative in new situations,
Spinoni should be socialized to a wide variety of
situations starting as puppies and continuing throughout
their lives. They thrive in situations where they
have on going interaction with “their family”,
and many enjoy going to work with their owners.
The effort and commitment involved with raising a
Spinone can be a richly rewarding experience. They
are trainable and appear to enjoy adapting to their
master’s routines. They can easily prove themselves
in the field. When out of the field, they may express
themselves with clownish behavior. These dogs can
be lifelong companions -one of the best rewards being
a warm loving look from their soulful eyes.