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No Butts About It

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302 – November/December, 2023

By Daina B. Hodges

The Spinone Italiano is unique or, shall I say, just plain different from other breeds in so many ways, and one of those ways–a very important way–is its croup, tail set and tail carriage.

From the AKC Spinone Italiano Breed Standard: “Croup – Wide, well-muscled, long. The hipbones fall away from the spinal column at an angle of about 30 to 35 degrees, producing a lightly rounded, well filled-out croup. Tail – Follows the line of the croup, thick, with no fringes. The tail is carried horizontally or down.”

That’s worth repeating. The croup is lightly rounded, well filled-out and long. The tail is carried horizontally or down.

Interestingly enough, the Spinone, the Golden Retriever and the Doberman are alike in their breed standard croup description, describing the hip bone falling away at an angle of 30 degrees. However, for the Spinone there are two additional words describing its croup that are key and exceptional to the breed–WIDE and LONG.

AKC Doberman Pinscher Breed Standard:

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