Spinone Italiano

A.K.A. : Spinone, Italian Spinone, Italian Griffon, Italian Wire-haired Pointer, Italian Coarsehaired Pointer
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Overview: The Spinone Italiano is a strong and beautiful breed. They're well suited for cold temperatures and love to swim.
Breed Group: Sporting
Weight (lbs): 62 - 82
Height (in): male: 23-27 female: 22-25
Colors: White, white with orange markings, white with brown markings, or speckled brown - with and without larger brown markings.
Coat: The coat is dense, stiff and flat or slightly crimped, imped, 1.5-2.5" long. The eyes and lips are framed by stiff hair forming eyebrows, mustache and tufted beard.
Character: Spinone Italianos are friendly, gentle, and very affectionate, though they tend to be somewhat stubborn in training.
Temperament: This breed gets along well with children, other dogs, and most household pets. All visitors will be greeted very warmly.
Care: Coat care consists of weekly brushing. Excessive hair around the footpads should be trimmed and the ears kept clean.
Training: This breed is difficult to train and is not known for its obedience. Still, a patient and understanding approach (with low expectations) will prove successful.
Activity: The Spinone Italiano is not well suited for apartment life or even life in the city, as he needs lots of exercise and plenty of space to run around.
Country of Origin: Italy
Health Issue: This breed may have some tendency toward heart disease and other inherited diseases, such as cerebellar ataxia.
Life Expectancy: about 12 or more
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