The Spinone Italiano, also nicknamed Spinone, is an Italian dog breed. It was originally bred as a versatile gun dog. The Spinone is a loyal, friendly and alert dog with a close lying, wiry coat. It is traditionally used for hunting, pointing, and retrieving game. Other names of the breed contain: Italian Spinone, Italian Griffon, Italian Wire-haired Pointer, and Italian Coarsehaired Pointer. Spinone Italiano dog names are mostly inspired from Italian language, names and cultures.