Spinone Italiano

This clever breed has a sense of humor and plenty of enthusiasm.

 

‘No assembly required’
Bred to scale the rugged countryside in northwest Italy’s Piedmonte district, Spinoni Italiani welcome rough terrain and challenging hunts afield. The breed points and retrieves a range of upland and water fowl, as well as small furry animals, making it an all-around versatile hunter, says Deb D., a Spinone fancier in South Dakota.

“They come ready to hunt, right out of the box,” she laughs, recalling when her first Spinone, Raisuli, went hunting for pheasants as a puppy, successfully bringing home three birds despite no training whatsoever. “There really isn’t a lot of assembly required. They are just really ready to go, though I wouldn’t recommend doing it that way.”

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