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Spinone Italiano



Spinone Italiano


Italian Spinone / Italian Griffon Weight Male   71 — 82 lbs Weight Female 62 — 71 lbs

Height:Male   23” — 27” Height Female  22” — 25”

AKC Rank 2008  #112

Lifespan 12—14 yrs Group Sporting


The Spinone Italiano is usually fairly easy to train.  They are intelligent, patient and ready to learn.  However,  some have a stubborn streak.  The best method is by  clicker training and positive reinforcement.  Dogs like this method and do well with it.  Pick up an inexpensive click at a pet store.

This breed needs to be heavily socialized starting at a very young age of 4 or 5 weeks.  That will help shape the adult personality.

Crate Training

Want to crate train your Spinone puppy?  It’s easy and if you’re interested, take a look and you’ll see what to do.    Crate training your puppy will save many headaches and problems.

Potty Training

The Spinone Italiano puppy is generally easy to house train, potty train, toilet train, housebreak or whatever you want to call it.  If you have a puppy, decide if you want to crate or paper potty train it.  For the best results, we have a page at Crate vs Paper Potty Training which will help you decide and from there you can get all the information you need to get the job done.   Always praise the pup profusely when she goes potty in the RIGHT PLACE so she knows she has done a good thing.  Either method will work for this breed.

If you have an older dog, take the dog outside every two hours until she gets the idea which door leads to her potty area.  Older dogs catch on to the potty or housebreaking pretty fast once they are shown what to do.


The Spinone Italiano is a devoted, calm and gentle breed that is an easy-going companion, excellent house pet, and friend to children, other dogs and pets.  She is also a superb gundog, pointer and retriever for the sporting enthusiast.  The Spinone is affectionate, playful, loves to run and jog, is enthusiastic about everything and enjoys life.   Some have a stubborn streak.  The Spinone needs to be kept under control and subordinated in the family so she doesn’t get the idea she’s an alpha pack leader, but once you have established her as the submissive member, all will be fine.  This dog is not a guard dog.  She’s too friendly,  A great family pet.

If you happen to get a Spinone with a separation anxiety problem, that can be dealt with by investing a few hours of work on your part and some “tough love.”

Friendly Toward Other Pets

Gets along well with other house pets.

Friendly Toward Strangers

People friendly.


Quite playful, especially with older, responsible  kids.


Very affectionate, loving, friendly  breed.

Good with children?

Yes.  Good with children.  Spinone Italiano’s get along well with and is tolerant with kids.  Seems to enjoy their company and likes to run and romp with them.  Very small children such as toddlers need close sui0pervision as this dog is quite heavy.

Good with Seniors over 65?

Yes, the Spinone Italiano is a good match for seniors.  They are loyal, affectionate, a bit playful, love to walk and are friendly with kids (grandchildren) so this would work well for the senior.

Living environment

Apartment, condo, farm or ranch living is all okay for the Italian Spinone. The apartment if fine as long as the Spinone Italiano gets out for daily exercise and mind-stimulating walks.   This is a family dog and needs to spend time indoors with her family of humans.  She should not be tied up in the back yard.


Energy level

Moderate energy.  Rate her 5 bars out of 10.

Exercise needs, daily

Moderate.  A long walk and maybe some jogging or a game of fetch will keep the dog healthy.  The jogging alone would do it, except dogs need to WALK for mental stimulation so we need some of both.


Good watchdog.  Will usually alert to strange activities around the house.

Guard dog

Not a guard dog.  Too friendly .  Likes robbers.


Very little.


Use a stiff bristle brush from the pet store and brush weekly to remove dead hair.  Hand stripping is done now and then to shape around the face and feet.

Dog Health Issues For The Spinone Italiano Below are the dog illness / illnesses or medical problems as listed for the Spinone Italiano by various vets.


Spinone Italiano

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