Other names: Italian Spinone, Italian Wirehaired Pointing Dog, Italian Griffon, Spinone Italiano

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A medium to large dog with a strong build and wire coat, the Spinone has been used for hunting for centuries, but it is also and above all an excellent family companion. Vigorous and enduring, the Spinone is also distinguished by its friendly and docile temperament. He is able to evolve over a variety of difficult terrain, cover great distances and is not afraid of cold water.



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Hair type Hard
Origin Italy
Template Big
Head shape Oval
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 28 kg to 30 kg From 58 cm to 65 cm
Male From 32 kg to 37 kg From 60 cm to 70 cm
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History of the breed

The Spinone is the descendant of the wire-haired hunting dogs described for a long time in Italy . Canids with physical peculiarities close to the breed were already represented in medieval frescoes. In the 15th century, the engraver and painter of early Renaissance Andrea Mantegna made it appear in his work adorning the ducal palace in Mantua. In 1683, Jean de Sacquespée , viscount of Sélincourt , commander of the Grand Dauphin venery, spoke of a griffin from Piedmont in his work entitled Le Parfait chasseur .

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Photo by Murphy, Spinone

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Physical features

His hair : stiff, hard and dense. Measuring 4 to 6 cm, it is shorter on the muzzle, head, ears, as well as the front of the limbs and feet. Forming thick eyebrows, mustache and beard. There is no undercoat.
Its color : white, with or without orange markings, orange speckles or brown spots.
His head : the skull is ovoid in shape, the stop barely accentuated, the nose large and the cheeks dry.
His ears : almost triangular, long and drooping.
Her eyes : large, round, more or less dark ocher depending on the color of the dress.
His body : solid, well proportioned. The neck is powerful and muscular. The back straight in front, more raised at the level of the loins, then lowered towards the croup.
Its tail : thick, without fringes, carried horizontally or hanging down.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Spinone is a naturally sociable, friendly, docile and patient dog . Very attached to his master , totally loyal, he is also affectionate and readily playful in the presence of children. His qualities as a hunter have been known for centuries, also brilliant as a protractor.

Energetic , without being hyperactive, the Spinone is always willful and is never aggressive. His hunting instincts may lead him to pursue small animals, but he is generally peaceful.

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A quality socialization and carried out early allows to temper the inclinations of hunting and pursuit of Spinone towards small mammals. Likewise, learning to recall is essential to prevent running away. This dog is not particularly difficult to train. Learning and training based on positive methods , focusing in particular on rewards, make the Spinone an obedient and balanced companion.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

If he appreciates family life and the closeness of his owners, the Spinone largely prefers to evolve in a house with a large fenced garden than in an apartment. It is quite possible for him to adapt to an urban living environment, on condition that he leaves it frequently and for a long time. The goal is to allow him to breathe, to exert himself, to meet as many people as possible and to appeal to his senses. In short, stay active . Otherwise, the Spinone may get bored quickly.


Ease of gaining weight

Hip dysplasia and hereditary polyneuropathy (hereditary Leonberger polyneuropathy), a disease more affecting males and caused by damage to the nerves that connect the spinal cord to the muscles, are the main concerns regarding the health of Spinone. It is therefore advisable to perform screening tests, which are available for these 2 genetic conditions.

Spinone is also concerned by the risk of dilation-torsion of the stomach.

For the rest, there is not much to fear for this sturdy dog .

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Hereditary polyneuropathy
Minor concerns
Gastric torsion
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests
Hereditary polyneuropathy

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Spinone dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Spinone is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

Not having an undercoat, the Spinone is characterized by moderate hair loss. This does not dispense with regular maintenance , which is essential for maintaining the health and appearance of its skin and coat. Especially since his hair can tend to get tangled and accommodate debris over time and outings.

A good weekly grooming session ensures health and well-being in the Spinone. It includes a complete brushing, cleaning of the inside of the ears, as well as that of the eyes. Not to mention brushing her teeth to prevent tartar formation and periodontal disease. He only needs 2 baths on average per year , unless he got too dirty during a walk.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1000 €

The purchase price of a Spinone is between 800 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 350
600 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Spinone is between 350 € and 600 €.

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Since Spinone is potentially subject to stomach dilation-torsion, it is recommended that you divide your daily ration into 2 meals instead of giving it all at once. He needs a quality diet that is balanced and adapted to his lifestyle. Premium type industrial kibble is a good choice for this dog.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Spinone is a sporty and energetic dog , without being overly active. While having a garden, it needs long outings allowing it to walk, run and explore its environment. He must be stimulated on all levels: physical, emotional, sensory … Walks on natural sites (forest, countryside …) are therefore highly appreciated by this dog.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 7: Pointing dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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