Spinone Italiano Breed Maintenance
The Spinone Italiano should be left natural and with a medium length, coarse-haired coat, this means minimal brushing. Occasional brushing and hand stripping to help unknot the coat are all that is required for this breed. However, this breed does have a long beard, and it can get wet and smelly. By giving the beard a little more attention, you can keep the coat looking natural and cut down on the smell. The Spinone also has fast growing nails that should be clipped twice a month to prevent cracking and splitting. Early and often grooming practices in puppy and juvenile stages of life will help acquaint the Spinone with this practice and make it easier for both owner and dog. Teeth cleaning is also suggested in the Spinone to cut down on bacterial overgrowth. Additionally, since the Spinone's ears are particularly hairy and fall forward, this breed is more prone to ear infections. Regular ear checks to remove dirt and debris, as well as ear cleaning with a veterinarian approved solution, will significantly help prevent ear infections. The Spinone is a large breed and not meant to be cooped up inside all day. However, this breed has relatively low energy rates given its ability to rove for hours on the trail. Twice daily walks are enough exercise to satisfy a full-grown Spinone. If the Spinone gets enough exercise, this breed is capable of living in an apartment or urban dwelling since it is relatively low energy. Additionally, the Spinone does remarkably well in all climates, hot or cold.