The Spinone Italiano is an upland bird dog; a versatile hunter bred and trained to search for, point and retrieve game on land and water. They are known to range closer to their handler, and hunt with cooperation, focus and endurance.
I didn’t grow up in a hunting family, and came to the Spinone breed with no knowledge or experience in the sport of hunting upland birds. Since the Spinone is a versatile hunter, I wanted to become educated and involved in that aspect of the breed as well, especially since I wanted to consider breeding. The SCOA and breeders are working hard to preserve the Spinone as a WORKING dog…yes, the Spinone makes an excellent family companion, but it’s important to preserve the natural hunt ability of the breed, and try to maintain that ability in our breeding programs.