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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!

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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The AKC's Performance Events Department has announced that the 2017 AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship and the AKC Walking Gun Dog Championship will be held at Camp Robinson, Conway, AR starting in late February 2017.


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AKC Hunt Test on November 5th & 6th 2016 at Hustle, VA

 Premium and entry form

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2017 SCOA Annual Meeting etc. - April 1-8, 2017
Purina Farms, Missouri. This event will include AKC and NAVHDA hunt tests, the National Specialty (our 30th anniversary), obedience events, a lot of health and education (blood draws, CERF, seminars, etc.), the club's annual business meeting and much more. This is a great opportunity to meet Spinone lovers from all over the country, and learn more about our breed. We hope to see you there!
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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.
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National, Parent Club Specialty, Plus the Others! Results 2016 (Unofficial)
Here are the results of the conformation, rally and obedience events at our annual meeting this year. Congratulations to the winners and to all who participated!
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 2015 NAIA Annual Conference - “Joining Forces to Save Our Animals”

On October 31 and November 1, 2015,  the annual conference of the National Animal Interest Alliance was held. There were 13 programs presented over the two days, focusing on various topics about breeding and on the issue of animal rights activism (AR). On Saturday there was one dog-related program and four about other animals; Sunday was all about dogs. At the end of this report are biographies of the program presenters.

This is a good read for everyone with many different topics concerning dogs. CLICK HERE to read the report.

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2016 SCOA National Specialty – Everett, WA May 14-20


Click here for information on hotels etc. for the 2016 Nationals/Annual Meeting. You can also find information on Facebook,

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We are looking for proposals for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 National Specialties.  We currently have approved a proposal for 2017. 
More information to follow.
And for future years as well. We would love to hear from YOU!
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OFA Eye Data for the Spinone


Is now available under "Health Committee Updates" under the Members tab above.