Also known as the Italian Spinone, Italian Griffon, Italian Wirehaired Pointer, Italian Coursehaired Pointer, and simply the Spinone, the Spinone Italiano is an affectionate and intelligent breed. But how do you know whether you are ready to purchase a pet and if this breed is right for you? This information is absolutely necessary in making the decision to purchase a pet.
The origin of the Spinone Italiano can be traced back to ancient Italy. Enthusiasts believe this breed to be among the oldest of all hunting and gun dogs breeds, though this has never been proven scientifically or otherwise.
Throughout its history, the Spinone Italiano has been most commonly used for hunting, pointing, following scents, and retrieving, proving its superior abilities to perform and provide companionships.
The Spinone Italiano has introduced to the United States in the mid 1900’s and the breed become popular in the 1980’s, allowing the establishment of The Spinone Italiano Club of America and the Club Italian Spinone U.S.A.
Today, while the Spinone Italiano has attained an underground popularity as a hunting and companion dog, the breed remains rather rare outside of Europe.
Best known for its gentle and sweet nature, the Spinone Italiano is a very friendly breed. These dogs are highly intelligent and easily trainable. This breed is known for its incredible senses of both hearing and smell. As a pet, the Spinone Italiano is obedient, loving, loyal, and affectionate. The Spinone Italiano is an active breed and enjoys time spent outdoors and playing games.
Due to its need to please and impress its master, the Spinone Italiano generally responds well to basic training and commands. These intelligent dogs have the ability to learn to perform most any task their trainer is willing to take the time to teach.
Establishing immediate trust and respect is key to successfully training the Spinone Italiano. This breed responds best to positive reinforcement and reward-based training.
Benefits and Disadvantages of the Breed
There are many benefits to owning a Spinone Italiano, such as its surprisingly no hassle, low maintenance coat. These dogs are very bright, easily trainable, and capable of learning to perform many impressive tricks and tasks. When properly socialized from a young age, the Spinone Italiano gets along well with children and other pets, known for its gentle approach to small children, and making friends quickly with other animals in the household. This breed is very alert and has incredible senses of both smell and hearing, making an excellent watch dog, announcing the arrival of guests or unwanted visitors. The Spinone Italiano is an obedient, loyal, loving, and affectionate breed, making an amazing family pet and companion alike.
Unfortunately, there are also disadvantages to owning a Spinone Italiano. These energetic and athletic dogs require large amounts of daily exercise and room to run and play. Anyone wishing to purchase this breed lacking the adequate amount of time and space to dedicate to the dog is strongly advised against doing so. A Spinone Italiano not receiving the proper amount of exercise and space will often act out by destroying property, chewing, barking, whining, and ignoring basic training such as housebreaking.
The Spinone Italiano has a strong instinct to hunt and will occasionally indulge in a good chase. When on the run, this breed is rather quick, and may pose a threat to other animals, neighborhood pets, and small woodland creatures. The Spinone Italiano must be leashed or properly secured at all times when outdoors.
As previously mentioned, the Spinone Italiano remains rather rare outside of Europe and can prove difficult to obtain. Individuals seeking to purchase this breed often encounter such challenges as inability to locate a breeder, extremely high prices, and being placed on long waiting lists.
Common Health Concerns
While the Spinone Italiano is typically known as a healthy and hearty breed, they do suffer from a few health problems, including: hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, Cerebellar Ataxia – a deadly hereditary condition affecting muscles and coordination, and bloat.
Now that you know all about the breed, do you think you are ready to own a Spinone Italiano? Remember, purchasing a pet is a big decision and should be discussed thoroughly and seriously with your entire family.