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    Spinoni Italiano

    The Spinone Italiano, an Italian gun dog, is Italy's all-purpose hunting dog. The
    Spinone is a pointer of the old school; that is, a rather slow-footed dog similar to
    those used before the era of wing shooting.

    Almost every country in Europe has had its own type of pointer for at least three
    centuries, and each developed the dog in its own locality according to climate,
    need and changing times. The Piedmonte district of northwest Italy is primarily
    responsible for the development of the Spinone into an all-purpose dog. It is said
    to outrank all other Italian gun dogs as a highly efficient worker.

    Breed Standard

    General Appearance
    A muscular dog with powerful bone. Vigorous and robust, his purpose as
    hardworking gun dog is evident. Naturally sociable, the docile and patient
    Spinone is resistant to fatigue and is an experienced hunter on any terrain. His
    hard textured coat is weather resistant. His wiry, dense coat and thick skin
    enable the Spinone to negotiate underbrush and endure cold water that would
    severely punish any dog not so naturally armored. He has a remarkable tendency
    for an extended and fast trotting gait. The Spinone is an excellent retriever by

    Size, Proportion, Substance
    Height: The height at the withers is 23 to 27 1/2 inches for males and 22 to 25
    inches for females.
    Weight: In direct proportion to size and structure of dog.
    Proportion: His build tends to fit into a square. The length of the body, measured
    from sternum to point of buttocks, is approximately equal to the height at the
    withers with tolerance of no more than 1 inch in length compared to height.
    Substance: The Spinone is a solidly built dog, robust with powerful bone.

    Long. The profile of the Spinone is unique to this breed. Expression is of
    paramount importance to the breed. It should denote intelligence and
    gentleness. Skull of oval shape, with sides gently sloping. With occipital
    protuberance well developed, medial-frontal furrow is very pronounced.

    Square when viewed from the front. Muzzle length is equal to that of backskull.
    The planes of the skull and muzzle are diverging, downfaced. Its width measured
    at its midpoint is a third of its length. Stop is barely perceptible. Bridge of the
    muzzle is preferably slightly Roman, however, straight is not to be faulted. Lips
    fitting tightly to the jawline. Convergence of planes of the skull and muzzle or a
    dish-faced muzzle is to be faulted so severely as to eliminate from further

    Must have a soft sweet expression. Ochre (yellowish brown) in color, darker
    eyes with darker colored dogs, lighter eyes with lighter colored dogs. Large, well
    opened, set well apart, the eye is almost round, the lids closely fitting the eye, to
    protect the eye from gathering debris while the dog is hunting, loose eye lids
    must be faulted. Which is neither protruding nor deep set. Eye rim clearly visible,
    color will vary with coat color from flesh colored to brown.
    Eye disqualification: walleye.

    Bulbous and spongy in appearance with upper edge rounded. Nostrils are large
    and well opened. In profile, the nose protrudes past the forward line of the lips.
    (Pigment is flesh colored in white dogs, darker in white and orange dogs, brown
    in brown or brown roan dogs.)
    Nose Disqualification: Any pigment other than described or incomplete pigment
    of the nose is to be disqualified.

    Jaw is powerful. Teeth are positioned in a scissors or level bite. Disqualification:
    Overshot or undershot bite.

    Practically triangular shape. Set on a level just below the eye, carried low, with
    little erectile power. The leather is fine, covered with short, thick hair mixed with
    a longer sparser hair, which becomes thicker along edges. Length, if measured
    along the head would extend to tip of nose and no more than 1 inch beyond the
    tip. The forward edge is adherent to the cheek, not folded, but turned outward;
    the tip of the ear is slightly rounded.

    Neck, Topline, Body
    Neck: Strong, thick and muscular. Clearly defined from the nape, blending in to
    the shoulders in a harmonious line. The throat is moderate in skin with a double
    Chest: Broad, deep, well muscled and well rounded; extending at least to the
    elbow. The ribs are well sprung. The distance from ground to the elbow is equal
    to 1/2 the height at the withers.
    Back: The topline consists of two segments. The first slopes slightly downward
    in a nearly straight line from the withers to the 11th thoracic vertebrae,
    approximately 6 inches behind the withers. The second rises gradually and
    continues into a solid and well-arched loin. The underline is solid and should
    have minimal tuck up. Croup: Well muscled, long. The hipbones fall away from
    the spinal column at an angle of about 30 degrees, producing a lightly rounded,
    well filled-out croup. Tail: Follows the line of the croup, thick at the base, carried
    horizontally or down; flicking from side to side while moving is preferred. The tail
    should lack fringes. It is docked to a length of 5 1/2 to 8 inches. Tail habitually
    carried above the level of the back or straight up when working is to be penalized.

    Shoulders: Powerful and long, withers not too prominent; forming an angle with
    the upper arm of approximately angle 105. With well-developed muscles, the
    points of the shoulder blades are not close together. The ideal distance between
    the shoulder blades is approximately two inches or more. Angulation of shoulder
    is in balance with angulation in the rear.
    Forelegs: The forelegs are straight when viewed from the front angle with strong
    bone and well-developed muscles; elbows set under the withers and close to the
    body. Pasterns are long, lean and flexible following the vertical line of the
    forearm. In profile, they are slightly slanted.
    Feet: Large, compact, rounded with well-arched toes, which are close together,
    covered with short, dense hair, including between the toes. Pads are lean and
    hard with strong nails curving toward the ground, well pigmented, but never
    black. Dewclaws may be removed.

    Thighs are strong and well muscled, stifles show good function angulation, lower
    thigh to be well developed and muscled with good breadth. The hock, with
    proportion of 1/3 the distance from the hip joint to foot being ideal, is strong, lean
    and perpendicular to the ground. Fault: Cowhocks.
    Feet: Slightly more oval than the forefoot with the same characteristics.
    Dewclaws may be removed.

    The skin must be very thick, closely fitting the body. The skin is thinner on the
    head, throat, groin, under the legs and in the folds of the elbows is soft to the
    touch. Pigmentation is dependent upon the color or markings of the coat.
    Disqualification: Any black pigmentation.

    A Spinone must have a correct coat to be of correct type. The ideal coat length is
    1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches on the body, with a tolerance of 1/2 inch over or under the
    ideal length. Head, ears, muzzle and front sides of legs and feet are covered by
    shorter hair. The hair on the backsides of the legs forms a rough brush, but there
    are never any fringes. The eyes and lips are framed by stiff hair forming
    eyebrows, mustache and tufted beard, which combine to save fore face from
    laceration by briar and bush. The coat is dense, stiff and flat or slightly crimped,
    but not curly, with an absence of undercoat. The Spinone is exhibited in a natural
    state. The appearance of the Spinone may not be altered. The dog must present
    the natural appearance of a functional field dog. Dogs with a long, soft or silky
    coat, the presence of undercoat, or any deviation of the coat is defined in this as
    well as excessive grooming, i.e., scissoring, clipping, or setting of pattern shall
    be severely penalized as to eliminate them from further competition.

    The accepted colors are: Solid white, white and orange; orange roan with or
    without orange markings; white with brown markings, brown roan with or
    without brown markings. The most desired color of brown is a "Capuchin friar's
    frock," which is a little darker than coffe and a little paler than dark chocolate.
    However, varying colors of brown are acceptable. Disqualification: Any black in
    the coat, tan, tri-color, in any combination, or any color other than accepted

    The Spinone is first and foremost a functional working gun dog. Its purpose as a
    versatile hunting dog must be given the utmost consideration. Easy and loose
    trot geared for endurance. Maximum ground is covered with least amount of
    effort, which his purpose as a versatile working gun dog demands. Profile of the
    topline kept throughout the trotting gait, light body roll in mature bitches is
    characteristic of the breed. While hunting, an extended fast trot with intermittent
    paces of a gallop allows the Spinone to cover ground quickly and thoroughly. Any
    characteristics that interfere with the accomplishment of the function of the
    Spinone shall be considered as a serious fault.

    Faults: Any departure from the foregoing points constitutes a fault which when
    judging must be penalized according to its seriousness and extension.

    Wall Eye
    Any pigment other than described or incomplete pigment of the nose.
    Overshot or undershot bite.
    Any black pigmentation.
    Any black in the coat; tan, tri-color markings in any combination or any color
    other than accepted colors.
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