The Spinoni Italiano or Italian Spinoni is a very old Italian breed known for its versatility, endurance and calm disposition. The ENCI, or Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana, maintains the breed standard in Italy. In the United States, the Spinone Club of America defers to the American Kennel Club breed standard. Spinone can also be registered in the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association.
Our Spinoni originate from the Del Subasio lines of Ezio Pagliarini of Bastia Umbra, Italy. With over fifty years of breeding, Ezio’s program has developed many champions and a strong classic Spinoni look.
The Spinoni make wonderful family dogs, as well as versatile hunters. With an intelligent, expressive face, the Spinoni will play like a clown, amble through miles of field and brush, and gaze at you from their spot on the couch at the end of the day.
A classic reference for the Spinoni, Lo Spinone Italiano by Adriano Ceresoli written in 1951, states “the head of the Spinone is the most characteristic part and has a very special aspect determined by the expression, the eye, the ear, the hair, the profile and its external conformation…” (p. 233). These characteristics make the Spinone easily identifiable to lovers of the breed.