Dog Breeds

Spinoni Italiani Dog Breed

The Spinoni Italiani, or Italian Pointer, a member of the Griffon family, is descended from ancient hunting breeds of the Piedmont area of Italy. Because of superb sporting skills, he is the most popular gun dog in his native country.

He is a hardy, heavy boned, yet slender looking dog, squarely built, with strong shoulders, wide chest, heavy boned forelegs, and muscular hindquarters.

His dark yellow or ocher eyes give him a gentle and sweet expression. His wiry coat lies rather close to his body, with longer hair covering the eyebrows, cheeks, and lips. WEIGHT: 62 80 pounds, HEIGHT: 23 27V2 inches, COLOR: white; white with orange, chestnut, or liver markings; white sprinkled with orange or brown hairs.

Infectious Tracheobronchitis, or “Kennel Cough”

This is a highly contagious viral tracheal disease complex that affects unvaccinated dogs of all ages. It is caused by one or several microorganisms that infect a dog’s respiratory system, among them the canine parainfluenza virus, at the same time. The parainfluenza virus causes small lung lesions and produces a persistent hacking cough which may cause the dog to gag or sometimes vomit. The dog sounds as though he has something caught in his throat.

Symptoms last from one to three weeks, and in some cases, secondary infections can cause pneumonia. Treatment involves the use of antibiotics and cough suppressants, plus little or no exercise for a week or so.

This disease complex is also called “kennel cough,” be* cause unvaccinated dogs that congregate together or are housed in kennels, shelters, and pet stores are frequently in fected. In addition to parainfluenza immunization, your vet erinarian may also want to vaccinate your dog against Bordetella Bronchiseptica and Canine Adenovirus 2, which are also responsible for the “kennel cough” syndrome.

6539923 std Spinoni Italiani Dog Breed

 

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