The dense coat needs weekly brushing to remove dead hairs; coat drops annually.
An active, energetic breed, the Spinone loves to romp in the field, but is happy as long as it's with its family. As a naturally cautious dog, owners should socialize the breed and begin training early. The Spinone is the ultimate wash and wear breed and should remain in a natural state, with just occasional brushing and hand-stripping. Owners beware, however - after a drink, their wet and messy beard may leave trail of water wherever they go!
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Spinone is a large breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
The Spinone is the ultimate wash and wear breed and should remain in a natural state, with just occasional brushing and hand-stripping. Owners beware, however - after a drink, their wet and messy beard may leave trail of water wherever they go! Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
A large fenced yard will suffice, but a romp in the field will have your Spinone indebted to you for life! As a naturally cautious dog, owners should socialize the breed and begin training early. Spinoni will demand a lot of your attention and if he doesn’t get enough attention and exercise, destructive habits can develop. It will be your job to provide enough activity for your puppy throughout his lifetime.
Spinone Italiano &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Spinone Italianos are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Spinone can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.