is an ancient Italian hunting breed, a member of the
HPR (Hunt Point Retrieve) sub group of Gundogs.
He has a
unique fast trotting action, capable of covering a large
area whilst hunting.
ability is excellent and his thick skin and tough wiry
coat enable him to enter any cover. It is amazing to
watch a large Spinone negotiate a thick wall of brambles.
To see a Spinone pointing game is always a highlight
during a shoot.
will willingly enter water or cover to retrieve shot
All in all
this makes him a very good all round gundog.
I have always
been involved in the working side, taking a team of
up to three dogs out on a shoot, picking up and beating.
out on the Brocket Hall estate with Lucca; my first
Spinone and then I joined other local shoots, with Tarka,
Nina and Ccesca. Later Nando took over in this role.
Now, Fresca, Rivana, Twista & Eva have become my
working dogs. All my Spinoni, with their excellent ability
to locate birds in thick cover have been the ideal dogs
for our local shoots.
entered our first working test in 2010 with Fresca
and attended a Field Trial and 'Shot Over' Day.
"Bobby" gained his Junior Hunt Title
at the Wenatchee Kennel Club