You’re asking yourself right now, “what is a hounting dog?” Well let me tell you all about a house/hunting dog aka “Hounting” dog. A name we came up with here at Beehive Fur Friends to make no mistake as to where this dog should live!
A dog that for many many years is believed to be best suited for a chain link fenced in area in the back corner of your yard and only to be addressed twice a day to feed and water and let out to run off some energy or to go hunting, fast forward a few years of research and greater intelligence and they are now the dog that lies at your feet while you watch tv and sleeps on a mat in your bedroom at night and sometimes even in your bed with you if he’s lucky enough (or when Dad is out of town in our case here at “the hive”). We raise Italian Spinoni or Spinone Italiano same dog, different name. If you watch them in the field and saw just how intense they are at finding every possible bird out there, you would have no idea that the minute they walk through the front door, they become the most docile, affectionate, over grown lap dog you could ever meet. And get ready to laugh because laugh you will at these hilarious clowns. (of course sometimes you’re not laughing at first, you’re actually cursing and then eventually laughing) I wish I could describe the kind of joy this dog will bring you but until you own one, you simply cannot understand. And now before you go signing up to be an owner, remember this, everything in life has it’s opposites, you know, you can never know the good if you’ve never known the bad or ever be happy if you’ve never been sad? This breed will stealthily steal an entire chicken off the counter when you turn your back, they will put their nose on everything so don’t walk in front of them unless you want a Spinone nose on your bum! They will take their weight and slowly climb on your beautiful couch while your watching a movie and your won’t even notice they’re there until they’ve weaseled their way onto your lap and then stick their wet nose on your face announcing their arrival and when you go to yell at them or scold them for doing so, they will look at you with the most human sad eyes you have ever tried to say no to and well, there you have it, a lovely foot warmer and friend right there next to you all curled up and sound asleep. So sometimes they are just awful and if you pride yourself on being tough and strict, you probably don’t want a Spinone because they will teach you how to be gentle and patient. So you see, they may be considered a “hunting dog” but here at Beehive Fur Friends, we sell them only to people who agree to have a “hounting” dog and not a just a hunting dog. I believe you could kill a Spinone by leaving them outside by themselves, they are far too social and attached to their humans to be alone. Here is an excerpt from an article that I think is spot on. (https://gearjunkie.com/rare-bird-hunting-dogs)
The Spinone Italiano
With its wiry coat and big houndy ears, it’s easy to mistake a Spinone Italiano (pictured above, photo by Camera Eye Photography) for a living muppet. But don’t let its sweet and goofy countenance turn you off from its hunting potential.
The Spinone Italiano is an ancient Italian hunting breed long renowned for endurance, field savvy, and intelligence. The docile nature of this bigger bird dog also makes it an ideal family dog. This breed is quickly growing in popularity, and reputable breeders around the nation are working to keep its ancient legacy intact.
This is how the AKC describes the The Spinone Italiano, a densely-coated hunting dog, is sociable, docile, and patient, sometimes stubborn but always endearing. Of ancient Italian lineage, the Spinone is among the field dogs of Continental Europe famed for versatility. (https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/spinone-italiano/)
WARNING: The Spinoni enthusiasts will tell you that once you own one, you will want another and will never want any other breed. We have found this to be pretty accurate. I love my goldendoodles too. It’s important to note that most Spinoni are adopted as family pets and not as hunting dogs. Nelli came from a litter of 13 and I believe that only 2 or 3 of those are used for hunting. Nelli is a full time family pet/comedian and an occasional hunter. She does love to hunt though so I suggest that you teach your Spinone how to play hide and seek as this will mimic their hunting natural abilities in the back yard. It’s also fun to watch her point at little song birds sitting on the fence while she’s moseying around the yard.
If you’re interested in being on our waitlist for an amazingly wonderful sweet nosy furry love and best fur friend BFF, then send us a message at, firstname.lastname@example.org or shoot us a text at 801-928-3737. Nelli will be getting “married” next week. (That’s what our granddaughters call it) AKA bred or breeding. 😉