Oh, to be as handsome and utilitarian as the charming Spinone Italiano! They are Italy’s all-purpose hunting dog, capable in almost any terrain as a skilled hunting partner and retriever. Their wiry, dense coat protects them from the cold and the thorns as they accompany their human companions at a comfortable pace, for that is what they are bred to do. They are thought to be descended from course haired Italian Setters, the White Mastiff, and perhaps French Griffons. The Spinone loves its family but is naturally cautious so special attention should be paid to early socialization and training. Their wash and wear coat is best in its natural state but does need occasional brushing and stripping.