The Breed

The Spinone Italiano

Singluar: Spinone ~ Plural: Spinoni
Never: Spumoni (though they might find that a tasty treat)

Meet the Spinone Italiano

a.k.a. Italian Spinone, a.k.a. Spinone
(there are none from other countries, after all!)

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.