The Spinone Italiano (plural Spinoni Italiani) is an Italian dog breed. However it should be recognized that the Spinone is a unique indivisable breed and the correct reference is Spinone (plural Spinoni). It was originally bred as a versatile gun dog. To this day the breed still masters that purpose. The Spinone is a loyal friendly and alert dog with a close lying wiry coat. It is an ancient breed that can be traced back to approximately 500 BC.