Welcome to SCOA Online!

Spinone Club of America (SCOA) is the AKC Parent Club for the Spinone Italiano. Founded in 1987, we now boast 500-plus members who participate in dog shows, obedience and agility trials, hunt and tracking tests, field trials, therapy work and more. And, of course, just enjoying the company of their Spinoni at home!

Our Mission:  To promote the integrity of the Spinone by adhering to the breed standard, and by maintaining its versatility as a hunting dog and active companion, through responsible breeding and ownership in the spirit of good sportsmanship.

The Spinone Italiano

"What is that?" For Spinone owners, this is probably the question we most frequently hear. This big dog, with its unique profile, strong build, thick skin, wiry coat, rough beard and large, cushy nose, is a distinctive animal. But what most often draws people's attention are the soft, sweet, almost-human eyes that gravely watch you from beneath its eyebrows.
The Spinone is a versatile hunting dog, which means that it is bred and trained to dependably search for and point game, to retrieve on both land and water, and to track wounded game on both land and water. While the Spinone was bred to hunt, it is a breed that can be enjoyed in many other activities such as showing, agility, obedience and therapy work to name a few.
The Spinone also excels at being a family companion dog. This breed is not for everyone, and the information we provide on this website will help you learn more and decide whether this breed is right for you.
Enjoy your visit! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us for further information.

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2018 SCOA National Specialty - Frederick, Maryland
Mark your calendars:  April 13 - 20, 2018  Visit the 
National Specialty Website
for Details!
2018 National Specialty Deadline Checklist!
2019 SCOA National Specialty - Loveland, Colorado
Mark your calendars:  June 2 - 7, 2019  Details will follow as available. 
Proposals for the 2020, 2021 and 2022 National Specialties
We are looking for proposals for the 2020, 2021 and 2022 National Specialties.  We currently have approved a proposal for 2018 and 2019. We would love to hear from YOU!  
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Daina Hodges appointed AKC Gazette Coordinator/Contributor
The board is pleased to announce Daina Hodges has assumed the position of AKC Gazette Article Coordinator and Contributor for the club.  Daina may be reached by email.  Please contact her with suggestions for future articles or to offer to write an article.  Welcome Daina and Thank You. 
Updated Supported Entry/Specialty Application Form!
We have updated our Supported Entry/Specialty Application Form, which you can find here and in the Supported Entry Committee area. You will also be interested in this newsletter article which describes how to host a conformation event, which includes some helpful links. 
OFA Eye Data for the Spinone
Is now available under "Health Committee Updates" under the Members tab above. 

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Upcoming Events


Board Meeting

2/21/2018 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Regular business meeting -- teleconference

Club Membership Lapse


All Members who have not paid their current dues by March 1st are considered lapsed and need to re-apply for new membership.

Contested Election Ballots Mailed


If we have a contested election, the balloting service must mail the ballots to the membership on or before 3/15.

New Jersey

Supported Entry


Northeast Spinoni Club

Supported Entry at Big Apple Sporting Society

Sporting Group Show

Edison, NJ

Superintendent:  Rau Dog Shows

2018 SCOA National Specialty & Annual Meeting, Frederick, Maryland

4/13/2018 - 4/20/2018

2018 SCOA National Specialty Week -Frederick, Maryland. Details will follow when available.

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