The Spinone is a versatile hunting dog of ancient heritage, with origins in northern Italy. Suited for working in all climates and all terrains, he is a cautious hunter who follows the scent, moving ever so gradually and proceeding with utmost discretion. His prey stops and he stops; the prey moves again, and the pursuit resumes. He moves with an easy, free moving trot, geared for endurance. He is an excellent swimmer and a model retriever. The Spinone is a large, rugged dog of distinctive appearance, with a hard-textured, weather-resistant coat, longer eyebrows, beard and mustache, and eyes described as human-like.