The Spinone Italiano is Italy’s all-purpose hunting dog so it stands to reason we’re proud of our proven hunters. Spinoni as hunters generally fall into three main categories: titled, tested, and free-spirits (those whose title(s) or testing is/are in progress, or those whose owners elected not to get them titled or tested but still actively hunt or do hunt training with them). Those titled and/or tested are listed here.
AKC hunt titles for the Spinone breed include pointing and retrieving options: Pointing Breed Hunt Tests, Pointing Breed Field Trials, and Retriever Hunting Tests. In both types — tests and trials — it takes a set number of qualifying outings and other criteria that varies per title being earned.
NAVHDA testing looks at versatility by combining aspects of searching, pointing, and retrieving in all of their four levels of testing: natural ability (NA) test, utility prep test (UPT), utility test (UT), and invitational. Entrants receive a pass/no pass with points for each category judged. If the entrant passes, they earn a Prize designation based on points earned: I (highest scores), II, or III.