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Q: Spinone Italiano?

October 18, 2011 | By Ches21 | 5 answers | Expired: 1051 days ago

Ches21

Any information about the dog breed known as the Spinone Italiano would be greatly appreceaited, do they get along with cats and other dogs very well and anything else you can think of like health issues with the breed and how active they are and grooming?

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Poppy W.
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Oct 19, 2011

OOPS. Wrong dog...Sorry.
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Poppy W.
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Oct 19, 2011

Spinones are, yes, rare...but, if raised correctly and socialized, they could be a gentle giant. Many use them as guard dogs because of their appearance, but still. They can be huge teddy bears. But be careful...They drool...A LOT.

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Jillian
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Oct 18, 2011

The Spinone is a pretty rare breed in the US, but they're a large calm dog who generally does well with other animals. Keep in mind that b/c they're a hunting breed, extra socialization is needed for small animals. They're usually very good with other dogs and children, quite possibly b/c their patience is one of their strong suits. They can have the problems associated with large breeds, but seem very hearty for their size, probably b/c they haven't undergone the severity of breeding many dogs have. I'd think they'd be fine for apartment life b/c this is a lower energy breed. If you're looking for one, I'd keep in contact with the Spinone Rescue Club of America: www.spinoneclubofamerica.com/scoarescue.html

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Oct 18, 2011

You can use google or bing to find out all the info you could ever want.

www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/reviews/spinoneitaliano.html

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Kelly
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Oct 18, 2011

They're a hunting breed. They're large dogs with a range of around 65-85 or 90 pounds. In general, they get along with other people and animals when socialized. They can have a high prey drive which may cause them to chase cats, especially if they haven't been socialized with them. They're easy-going but need an owner who can be a strong leader to keep them from getting headstrong and stubborn. They can have cerebellar ataxia, which is a genetic disease. Large dogs are also often prone to hip dysplasia and bloating. They can jump high and they are also prone to digging so they need a secure fence when they're outside. They need daily exercise like walks, outdoor play, and swimming to keep them calm since they're hunters and bred to have a job. They love outdoor activity and lots of exercise. They can get destructive when they're bored. They have a wiry thick coat that needs regular brushing and occasional hand-stripping.

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