The breed is believed to have
been developed in the Piedmont region of Italy. The Spinone is a very
ancient breed.It is one
of the oldest gun dogs in existence. The origins of the breed are unclear.There are many different theories. Some of
these claim that the Spinone could have originated in Italy, France,
Spain, Russia, Greece, or even Celtic Ireland.
Some people familiar with the
history of the breed claim that the Spinone descended from the now-extinct Spanish
Pointer, whilst others claim that it was the ancient Russian Setter that is
responsible for the breed we know today. An even more popular theory is that
Greek traders brought coarse-haired setters to Italy
during the height of the Roman empire, where
the dogs were then crossed with various others and the modern Spinone
The breed was not officially
known as "Spinone" until the early 19th century. Before then, some
areas knew the breed as the "Spinoso". The breed may have been named
after an Italian thorn bush, the spino, which was a favorite hiding
place for small game because for larger animals it was practically
impenetrable. Only thick-skinned, coarse-haired animals could fight through the
branches unharmed to locate the game. The Spinone was the breed most capable of
doing so, and, perhaps, therefore the name was formed.
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