Italian Spinone

Other names

Italienischer Rauhaariger Vorstehhund

Life expectancy

12 years

Age adult

21 months

Height (Shoulder height)

65 cm


32 kg

Coat texture

medium length / coarse-haired / dense / beard and bushy eyebrows

Coat color

white, brown, spotted

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / cerebellar ataxia

Food expenses per month in €

about € 66

Suitable for children

Rather yes

Needs a garden

Rather not

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather yes

First dog suitable

Rather yes

Allergy friendly

Rather not


Very atletic


Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Low grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


quick and eager to learn / friendly / likes hunting / calm / reliable

Bred for

hunting dog, hound

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / cerebellar ataxia

Dog type according to FCI

pointing dogs

FCI description

These hunting dogs should track down the hair or feather-game, however not hunt themselves. They show the hunter by pointing where the game is and remain in the typical position until the hunter is close enough to the shot and the command is given to scare the game away. Finding, stalking and storming are their tasks, so living in the city is not suitable. These intelligent, sporty dogs need hunting activities or species-appropriate alternative employment in order to be physically and mentally busy. Most of them are closely bound to their humans, so ask yourself if you can meet these demands.

Short description

The Italian Spinone is a very old, Italian pointing dog breed. He is extremely reliable, relentless and calm dog with a very good nose. If he is not used for hunting he is also suitable for man trailing or rescue purposes.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.