The Italian Spinone in the UK
While the Italian Spinone is relatively new to the UK, in its native country it is most definitely an ancient hunting breed. Pictorial evidence shows Spinoni in art dating back as far as the 15th century. The characteristics - physical, mental and temperament - all stem from the hundreds of years of working gundogs behind the current generation. While laid back they are definitely not the "couch potato" that some owners claim - they are an intelligent hunter, point and retriever breed and need to be exercised and stimulated as such.