meet theSpinone Italiano


Training &Temperament

There’s something instantly endearing about these big, idiosyncratic Italians. Calm and a bit goofy around the house, Spinoni have unique habits like trailing water from their beard after a drink, sitting with their butt on the sofa and their front legs on the floor, and sassing their owner with woofs and sighs when they don’t get their way. These are very clever dogs, and sometimes stubborn, but great with kids and other animals. Their soulful expression and gentle manner make them ideal therapy dogs.

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Did You Know?

The Spinone Club of America and the Club Italian Spinone, U.S.A. were both formed in the late 1980s. CISP, U.S.A. is also the official sister club of the Club Italiano Spinone of Italy.

The highly adaptable Spinone Italiano is known for its superior nose and ultrasoft mouth.

The Spinone Italiano is AKC's 146th breed.

The Spinone originated in Italy, where it is estimated to be a cross of coarsehaired Italian Setters, bred with those left by Greek traders and others from the Adriatic coast, in addition to crosses with the White Mastiff and perhaps French Griffons.

The Spinone is also known as the Italian Coarsehaired Pointer.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Brown Roan 462
Orange Roan 136
White 199
White & Orange 213


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Brown Markings 022
Orange Markings 102