The Facts Ma’am
the Spinone have an odor?
Contrary to what you may have read or
been told, the Spinone does not typically have an oily skin accompanied by an
offensive body odor. Though they
are quite happy to go play in the mud, they “self clean” very nicely. Given the opportunity to remain so, other than the beard
which does need attention, the Spinone is a very clean dog.
all Spinone drool?
Most dogs will drool to some degree when
nervous or they have been playing hard. However,
as a general rule, the Spinone are not all wet bearded, slimy faced dogs that
continuously sling slime.
Certainly they do shed some though not
nearly as much as many other breeds. A
thorough brushing weekly will keep the loose hair deposited in your home to a
a Spinone have to hunt to be fulfilled?
Though serious breeders are working hard to keep the hunting instincts
intact, not every Spinone even wants to hunt.
However, because of their strong pointing instincts, your Spinone will
very likely point birds and small game in your back yard or on your walks
through the woods.
Spinone really supposed to be shy and retiring?
The Spinone is a docile, non-confrontational breed. This is not a breed that typically goes charging up to
strangers. Instead, it will back
off for a few minutes to make sure that the person does not pose a physical
threat then approach the stranger. Almost
never over exuberant around strangers, the Spinone could be termed “sensibly
about socializing a Spinone?
This is a must for this breed.
Without proper socialization, a Spinone, like many other breeds, can
become shy and fearful of the unknown.
shipping a puppy cause shyness?
Handled correctly, a properly socialized
Spinone puppy should not be adversely affected by shipment. We would not recommend shipping during the first fear period
of 10 to 12 weeks. Always check
with your breeder before assuming that they will ship your puppy.
Many breeders like me require the new owners to pick up their puppies
at the breeder’s home.
have allergies to dogs. Would a
Spinone work for me?
Probably not...we do not recommend the
Spinone for folks with allergies to pets.
a Spinone stubborn?
A Spinone is one of the easiest of breeds
to train. In terms of
stubbornness, they are very low on the scale since they are so willing to do
whatever their owner wishes. However,
being extremely intelligent, the Spinone can be very creative and will make
their desires quite clear, which leads some people to think they are stubborn.
Unlike some other breeds, a Spinone will not do endless repetitions.
After a couple of times, they “get it” and are ready to move on to
the Spinone make a good protection dog?
If you mean sounding the alarm, the
Spinone is outstanding. However,
if you require more protection than that, you would be better served to look
at a different breed.
it true that a Spinone has never bitten a person?
Unfortunately, it is not.
A Spinone is a very non-aggressive breed of dog and will avoid
confrontations whenever possible. However, there have been a few reports where Spinone have
bitten, usually when an owner got in the way of an altercation between dogs or
when protecting its young.
health issues, I have been told that all Spinone that come from England have
hip dysplasia. Is that true?
Hip dysplasia continues to be the primary health issue in this breed as
it is in many others. However, a
dog with English background is no more likely to be affected with hip
dysplasia that one with an Italian background.
Responsible breeders are certifying their breeding stock clear of hip
dysplasia by either OFA or PennHip.
about Cerebellar Ataxia in the Spinone?
A central nervous system disease that is
lethal to those affected by the age of one year, it has been traced to one dog
who was imported from Italy to England. There
have been only 23 documented cases of CA in the world, none in the US except
for a test litter that was bred for research.
Despite rumors and scare tactics, the likelihood of obtaining a puppy
born in the US that could succumb to CA is so slim as to be nearly
In 2008, a test was developed to
determine if a dog is a carrier of CA. No
longer do we have to worry about whether a dog is a carrier because we have
the test and can know for certain.
there other health issues we should be concerned about?
Responsible breeders of Spinone are being
pro-active in regard to health issues so you will find many are testing for
potential problems so we can head them off.
Among the other tests that are being done are elbows, CERF (eyes) and
Among health concerns that are not
inheritable, we will find ear infections high on the list.
A regular schedule of cleaning will usually keep this problem in check.
As in most deep chested breeds, the Spinone can be susceptible to
2005 (updated 2009)