Breed Profile: The Ancient Spinone Italiano

The rare Spinone Italiano is a rare gundog that is used to hunt game. This ancient breed is traced back as far as 500 B.C. Gundogs are usually divided into three types: retrievers, pointing breeds, and flushing dogs. Italianos are versatile and can perform all three functions with ease.

History & Origins


The history of the Spinone is much debated. Some people think the breed was developed from the now extinct Spanish Pointer. However, the French also claim the dog is the result of breeding between several French Pointing breeds. The dog originated from the Piedmont region of Italy.

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