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The Spinone Italiano, or Italian Pointer, is Italy's all-purpose hunting dog. It is also sometimes referred to as a Griffon, since that name formerly designated the hunting dogs of all Continental Europe. Actually, the dog is a Pointer of the old school, that is, a rather slow-footed dog similar to those used before the era of wing shooting.

Almost every country in Europe has had its own type of Pointer for at least three centuries, and each developed the dog in its own locality according to climate, need, and changing times. The Piedmonte district of northwest Italy is primarily responsible for the development of the Spinone into an all-purpose dog. It is said to outrank all other Italian gun dogs as a highly efficient worker.





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