Italian Spinone Grooming

Italian Spinone Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 34 – 39kg (75 – 86lbs).
Female – 29 – 34kg (64 – 75lbs).

Average Height:
Male – 60 – 70cm (24 – 28in).
Female – 59 – 65cm (23 – 26in).

Coat:
Flat, harsh, dense coat.

Average Life Span:
12 – 14 years.

Average Litter Size:
4 – 10 puppies.

Italian Spinone Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.
Careful Italian Spinone grooming is required to keep this beautiful looking dog healthy and happy.  While these dogs can occasionally look scruffy, they do need to be brushed and cared for otherwise mats will occur.  To achieve the right look, it is important that you brush your dog once a week. This will do away with hair mats and some dead hair, leaving the coat healthy, shiny and neat.  Hair should be brushed with both a slicker brush and a metal comb to ensure you have covered every area properly.  This is perhaps the most important part of Italian Spinone grooming and something that should not be missed.

Bathing is not an important part of Italian Spinone grooming; however, it should be done on occasion. Many people claim that these dogs groom themselves much like a cat, leaving them cleaner than many other breeds. Although this is true in a sense, a good bath can be given when needed to promote good Italian Spinone grooming. When you do bathe your dog, use a harsh coat shampoo as oily shampoos will cause the coat to become too soft.

Most Italian Spinone grooming often includes stripping the dog. While this may sound unpleasant or even terrible, stripping is only the process of removing old dead hair. Stripping can be done by hand; however, it is important to have been taught how to do this properly to avoid causing your dog discomfort. If you don’t enjoy the idea of stripping, some people choose to clip the dead hair for Italian Spinone grooming. These dogs have a desired hair length of 1.5 to 2.5 inches, so don’t go too wild with the scissors.

Aside from stripping, Italian Spinone grooming should also include occasionally trimming the unwanted hair on the legs and in between the pads. These dogs have a natural looking beard and eyebrows which should not be shaved or trimmed.  You will also need to care for your dog’s nails by trimming them regularly.  This should be done carefully to ensure you do not cut the quick, something that will lead to bleeding.  If you are unsure about trimming them during Italian Spinone grooming, take your dog to a professional.

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