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Head plains, profile (topline), movement, sweet, human- istic expression, coat, bone. 3. What shortcomings are you most willing to forgive? What faults do you find hard to overlook? Shortcomings: none. Faults hard to overlook: lack of substance, bone, too much tuck-up, temperament and soft coat. 4. Has the breed improved from when you started judging? Which traits are going in the wrong direc- tion or becoming exaggerated? I have seen improved temperament and more consistent
breed! Judges should feel free to question things not clear to them. The more they know this breed, the happier our breeders will be. Do attend any JE seminars. 9. Describe the Spinone coat and the importance of grooming. Coat can vary—anywhere from inch and a half to two and a half. It should be close fitting with no under coat. Texture is course and wirey, never soft. Correct coat requires little grooming. Some grooming is done around feet, head, tail fringe. Dead coat is dead coat and should be removed. Little grooming should not mean dirty.
“the spinone should NOT HAVE A LEVEL TOPLINE.”
structure. Definitely the rears have improved. The dog should not be sway backed. Some are too long. 5. Are there aspects of the breed not in the standard that you nonetheless take into consideration because breeders consider them important? I feel the standard pretty much covers the breed. 6. Describe the Spinone topline and its difference from other Sporting dogs. The Spinone should not have a level topline. On the other hand, the dip should not be exaggerated. The topline is geared to the function of the breed. 7. Describe ideal Spinone movement. The Spinone was bred to be an individual’s personal hunting companion. It does not hunt like a Shorthair and it should be able to move in a ring without trying to break speed records. It has an easy, balanced gait, light on its feet. Should move effortlessly on a loose lead. 8. What are the misconceptions by judges unfamiliar with the breed? Movement and topline. Tails should be carried out, nei- ther tucked under or over the back. Not all Sporting dogs carry their tails high. Spinones are unique hunting dogs. 10. During examination, what can judges do differ- ently? How can this breed’s Judges Education be improved? The standard calls for a scissor or level bite. The bite does not need to be examined as one would check a Working
Spinone should be clean when presented to a judge. 11. What previously campaigned B&Ts come close to your ideal? Please explain. Ch. Cerebella del Caos, JH and SGC Javal I’m Movin On To Hootwire, BN, RN, CGCA I did not breed either of these dogs, but I was most for- tunate to have been able to own and handle them. I was extremely lucky. LINDSAY STANTON 1. Please tell us about your background with the Spinone Italiano. I have been involved in Spinone since 2000. I started researching the breed in 1999. I was looking for a calm, even-tempered dog that would be active outside, running and hiking, but low energy in the house. This research led me to my heart dog. My first Spinone, Dante, came from the Grouse Rouster lines which was one of the very early kennels in the US. Grouse Rouster’s kennel bred beautiful dogs with wonderful temperaments that were great in the field. It was love at first sight. Dante was a gorgeous brown roan boy that provided some of the lineage to Spinone today.
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