History of the Breed in the UK
recorded visit by Spinone to these shores was by
2 males imported in the 1950’s by Semprini
the musician. Unfortunately these dogs did not make
a positive impact on the British dog scene and one
died in kennels and the other one was transported
back to Italy.
It was a further
20 odd years in 1981 before the breed became established
when 4 dogs were imported into the UK by Dr. Ruth
Tattersall and Mary Moore of the Odivane affix.
Since then it has gone from strength to strength
and since 1982 there has been over 5000 dogs registered
with the Kennel Club. They were on the Rare Breed
list until 1994 when they were given Championship
status by the KC.
although relatively new to this country is in fact
an ancient breed of gundog in his country of origin,
Italy where he is still a valued worker.