The Italian Spinone was developed as a hardy and robust gundog that could adapt well to any terrain. With an average weight of 64 to 86 pounds and height of 58 to 70 centimetres, it is squarely built dog of solid construction. It may be a large dog but it has an endearing look due to its humanlike expressions. It has an oval-shaped head with a pronounced occiput and well-defined median furrow. It has large roundish eyes that are set well apart on its face, which can be in different shades to match its coat. It has pendulous triangular ears that are slightly rounded at the tips and are covered in dense hair. It has a large and spongy-looking nose that boasts wide-open nostrils.
Spinones have a thick and leathery close-fitting skin covered with a coarse, dense and flat coat. Completing its charming appearance are thicker and longer hair in its eyebrows, as well as its moustache and beard. In addition, the hair on the backs of their legs is a rough brush but without fringes. According to KC standards, the accepted colours are white, white and brown, brown roan, white and orange, and orange roan.
Italian Spinones have moderately high grooming needs. They do need to be hand stripped twice a year by a professional groomer to keep the coat in top condition and easier to maintain. In between visits, keeping their coats clean and tidy is quite easy as it only takes brushing twice or thrice a week. Brushing becomes frequent during spring and autumn when they shed more. They can be bathed as needed, about four times a year because they are relatively clean dogs although they have a musky smell, which isn’t necessarily unpleasant. Moreover, moustaches and beards need to be washed and dried or wiped with a damp cloth daily after eating to ensure they are kept clean. Hair on its toes and pads also need to be trimmed regularly.
Apart from its coat, also check your Spinone’s ears as too much wax build-up can cause painful infections that are challenging to clear up. Its nails should also be trimmed regularly since overgrowth can be painful and annoying for your dog. Lastly, promote healthy oral hygiene by brushing its teeth twice a week and giving it dental chews regularly.