The Italian Spinone breed standard calls for their temperament to be " Sociable, docile, affectionate and patient" - there are not many breeds in which owners can meet up at a social gathering and sit around chatting whilst 60+ dogs of varying ages and sex all cavort off lead together without so much as a cross word and yet this can be seen time and time again at the events organised by the Clubs/Societies.
Whilst not all spinoni owners can be described as docile, affectionate or patient, we are, in the main, a sociable bunch. Outside of club events, we have also seen parties organised by spinoni owners in Wales and Essex and coastal walks in Norfolk and the North East. In 2012, there was the first "Spinfest" where lots of owners met up and camped together for a few days and all the while, our beautiful breed just happily mingled with each other.
Aside from the numerous gatherings in the UK, there are also a large number of breeders/owners who make the pilgrimage to Italy to attend the show and trials organised by the Club Italiano Spinoni. The Sanjika kennel (owned by Sally, Stuart & Robyn Griffin) are the only UK kennel to have competed in both spheres (showing and working) in Italy and have achieved notable awards there in both.