"Lo Spinone"  as I see him          by   Paolo Amadori  

Imposing in conformation, robust, he can appear severe and demanding respect, but the kindness of his look betrays his easygoing nature and the kind obedience; with these traits can the Spinone be identified and there is no reason to add "Italian" because there aren't any other types!  A breed for hunting of Italian origin to which the dog expert historians attribute a very ancient origin, and if sometimes you see him shying when facing people, don't condemn him (he knows people since a very long time), he certainly isn't shy when facing the wildlife; he is a very personal animal who lives for you, don't lend him because he would miss the feeling and also the result.  At present, the Spinone, in the large panorama of current breeds, has become a minority dog, compared for example with the British breeds.  This situation is the direct consequence of the type of society in which we live, in which few people has a quiet and relaxed existence, while the majority run a frantic life.  To this majority, who must always run and only run, you need to associate dogs of similar characteristics; they couldn't get any satisfaction from the methodic and reasoned work of the Spinone.  In this respect, allow me citing some thoughts of the famous "etologist" Lorenz:  The rush in which the industrialized humanity has buried itself is a good example of a non functional evolution, dictated only by the competition among the members of the same species.  Today modern men has the "manager" diseases ... high blood pressure, ulcers, persistent neuroses and becomes barbarians for the lack of natural interest, there is no time ... and more by Lorenz, in a anthology even better admired:  the healthy return to nature becomes easy for me especially in the company of a creature which is still a legitimate part of it, a dog ... I need a dog who will be my faithful companion, who has the look of a wild animal, who would not spoil with his civilized look the virginity of nature!  Which subject would be more appropriate from these last lines better than a Spinone.  Coming back to the subject, I would like to underline how this breed has generated an enthusiastic interest abroad.  In the past few years I have been in contact with fans from several countries and this has given me the opportunity to see a very positive situation, with great potential of development.  In particular, I have been invited to judge National Reunions of Clubs in England and the Rally of the Club of the USA, and being able to notice the interest and enthusiasm that our breed generates is the best satisfaction to the eyes of a fan!  

In England the Club of the Spinone is a reality well consolidated, I was presented 152 dogs two years ago at the Reunion of Townchester!! with an average score ranking very high, impeccable presentations, and very important, young and promising candidates.  The American Club has been founded more recently ('87) and last year at the Reunion taken place in Minnesota, I inspected 62 subjects.  In this case the unevenness within the breed is still very noticeable, but the enthusiasm of the overseas owners is commendable, a requirement to do well in the future.  I have had other positive encounters in Sweden, Denmark, and Holland, still with reduced numbers, but with an interest of expanding.  This view of the foreign countries can be very pleasing for us and it should make us think, since we are the fiduciaries of a zootechnic wealth of great value, unfortunately not taken in account for what it deserves in our country, especially by the hunters.  

Since many years in our region a group of appraisers of the breed wanted to implement their passion starting, under the guide of the National Club, a delegation in Emilia Romagna for the preservation and the improvement of the selection of this exceptional "helper".  Comforted by the results, we are included to engage ourselves in a better advertisement of this breed and we invite all the fans to join our specialized Society being the originator of a specific and progressive dog organization.

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