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Pook's Rise Spinoni - Massachusetts Spinone Italiano Breeders

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About Pook's Rise Spinoni
I am a breeder of Spinone Italiano dogs. My puppies' parents come from Championship lines. My focus is to breed for sweet temperament and good health. The puppies are raised in my home from the day they are born to the day they leave for your home. Hips / Eyes / Elbows have been tested in the parents. No Spinone in either background are from the known CA, SAS, or epilepsy lines. All lines are from Italy and are from breeders who hunt their Spinone. Some of my puppies are active hunting in the field - and several others have become licensed therapy dogs. ....................................................................................................................................................... .. .............. . I am NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS for Spring, 2016. Contact me directly at the Roadrunner email address. ............................................................................................................................................................................ PLEASE EMAIL ME DIRECTLY at: for all further information.
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Spinone Italiano
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Maria Holt at
16 Salisbury Road
Sheffield, Massachusetts 01257
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 6 years.
Testimonials (25) You are viewing the 10 most recent - Click here for more reviews
Submitted by: Mary Musante on Nov 03, 2015
This is my second Spinoni from Maria Holt. My first is Cosmo, now 4 years old and the most gentle giant in the whole world. Wanting a second Spinoni for companionship for Cosmo I did not even hesitate or look for another breeder, Maria is the most compassionate caring person for her dogs in the whole world. She pampers mom from the very beginning and pampers all the little ones from the day they are born to the day they leave for their new homes. My little Scarlett is the sweetest little girl, fiesty and torments Cosmo to no end but he is very gentle but firm with her when she needs it, no biting private parts allowed! Maria is always giving suggestion and will help you with any questions that you have no matter how old your dog is, and she loves to be constantly updated on the growth of the pups. As she always state they may be our new dogs but they are always her little babies. I highly recommend anyone who is interested in a Spinoni, she will answer any questions regarding the breed so that you can make an informed decision if a Spinoni is right for you, and if you are right for one of her Spinonies.
Submitted by: Liz Tynes on Nov 03, 2015
I am a previous Spinone owner(Luigi passed May 2015). I happened to just be looking around for a breeder and came across Maria Holt and her Pooks Rise Spinoni. My sister lives in Massachusetts(I am in the south)so I thought that I would give her a call. Maria is a one of a kind breeder and I bonded with her love of the spinoni. Her thoughtfulness to me in my loss and the excitement of a future pup of hers certainly helped me in my grief. She is a thorough, careful and loving breeder. It is obvious in her continued contact throughout the process with prospective owners. My vet has paid several compliments to the breeder and the quality of my pup (Romeo). My experience with her has been so positive and fun that I am on the list for another puppy spring 2016. The mere fact that I am pursuing another puppy from a future litter should tell you that Maria Holt and her standards are top quality.
Submitted by: Alan and Shavone Flagg on Nov 03, 2015
Mum Holt has made the experience of gaining a new family member amazing! Her dedication to finding the perfect home and caring for her puppies is to be commended. If only all breeders showed such integrity. Frequent updates and photos of the puppies as they matured made bonding upon receiving them a truly wonderful experience. Thank you Maria!
Submitted by: Fred Roven on Nov 03, 2015
10 weeks and 25 pounds later, Nico is becoming a joy in my life. If I wanted a puppy this fall, I had only a few days from the time I began reading about the breed until the time came to make a decision. Maria was more than understanding of my situation, having lost my 15 year old best girl several months earlier.
Maria truly understands the breed and gave Nico an excellent start in life (even having to breathe life into his tiny body at birth). She shares her experience in terms of pet gear and feeding which made the transition for Nico practically seamless. Although some problems at my office, Nico has a solid start on his training from Maria (and I am sure his mom, dad, and assorted uncles and friends did not stand for much misbehavior).
Maria obviously loves each and every one of her adult dogs and shares an enormous amount of that love with her puppies. My fifth puppy and by far the easiest to train. We do a lot of hiking and his natural tracking ability a joy to behold as he learns to respond to those strong natural instincts.
Submitted by: Janet Allen on Nov 03, 2015
Maria Holt of Pook's Rise Spinonis is obviously extremely dedicated to her Spinoni breed and her dogs. She took great care in providing information, health updates and photos of the tiny litter mates as they grew. As well as suggestions on making the transition from whelping box to our home a smooth one and also training advice.

Our pup, at 12 weeks is adjusting very nicely and is an absolute joy ! I would highly recommend Maria !
Submitted by: Jesse Myers on Oct 18, 2015
Maria Holt is quite simply the best of the best. My wife and I have dealt with a variety of dog breeders and I can honestly say I have never run into someone who handles everything so professionally, and yet is clearly in business from a purely personal perspective. Maria's puppies are part of her family from day 1. They are nurtured and cared for to the point that you can be certain when you get your puppy that you will know everything you need to know about it, and that it will have been raised exactly as any loving owner would expect. Maria works with all her clients to ensure she understands what they are looking for in a dog, and that their puppy is a match for the family. Our Sadie is exactly what we wanted, and has been the most fantastic addition to the family. Maria is also wonderful at providing advice to new owners, and tips to anyone who needs help. I can honestly say we would most definitely recommend that anyone who is interested in a Spinnone should start with Pook's Rise.
Submitted by: Brenda Sullivan on Oct 13, 2015
Maria is knowledgeable, caring, and provides great guidance at each step of the way - all of it with a great sense of humor. This is our second Spinone, but our first from Maria. Her level of communication was wonderful from the first phone call through puppy delivery. It's a long process, but well worth the wait. Our pup from her June 2015 litter is amazing - the star of our obedience classes! I didn't think it was possible to find a better Spinone than our first, but this guy is on his way to being a great companion dog!
Submitted by: Giuseppe and Karen Iacono on Feb 28, 2014
From wanting a dog to finally getting one is a fairly long road. And it better be. It does take time to prepare yourselves to welcome the new member of the family. And we were very lucky to find Maria to prep our family for such wonderful event. First, she made sure we were serious and committed about wanting a dog, and mostly she made sure we would be ready to welcome one of her puppies. Second, she made sure that one of her puppies would be the right fit for our family. We were very fortunate to receive her "green light.” Today, we are the proud “parents’ of Dante, a wonderful Spinone from Serafina’s and Toby’s 2013 litter. That little bundle stole our hearts from the first moment we saw him and his brother and sisters 4 weeks from birth. And from that moment we could not wait to welcome Dante into our home. Now, in a few days Dante will be 1 year old. The past year has been magnificent, and we owe much to the precious guidance from Maria. You must remember that one of her puppies might become your dog, but they will ALWAYS be her puppies. Through Maria , we share stories and experiences with fellow owners of Spinone offspring from her litters. We exchange emails with observations or questions. We relay stories of goofy behaviors or antics, complete with photos and sometimes a video. You become part of her expanded family. What a priviledge. We could not thank her enough for her guidance, and for how serious she is about the well-being of her puppies, and the purity of the breed. And all of this with an unique wit. Thank you Maria!!
Submitted by: beryl ann cowan on Feb 02, 2014
I cannot say enough wonderful things about the experience of acquiring a gorgeous and delightful female spinoni from Pook's Rise. Before, during and after obtaining my puppy, Maria Holt was both informative and accessible to answer all my questions. She allowed me to visit her to get to know more about the breed, and her dogs before I made my final decision to enter the wonderful world of spinonis. Maria takes incredible care of her adult dogs, as well as her puppies. They are raised under clean and loving conditions. It all pays off. My puppy is a bright, healthy and happy girl. She is terrific with people of all ages, there have been no surprises. I am planning on training her to work alongside me as an assistant in my mental health practice. Maria and the families who obtain her dogs continue to be a network of shared fun and information. I can't imagine a better experience.
Submitted by: Charles on Jan 29, 2014
We are the proud adopted parents of Juno, from Pook's Rise 2012 litter between Serafina and Toby. We also have another Spinone who is 7 years old. Juno displays wonderful characteristics of the breed. Her composition is only bested by her disposition. She is beautifully sweet and affectionate with our children, who are ages 21 months and 3 years, and has never been timid with other dogs. I highly recommend Pook's Rise Spinone. Maria is as knowledgable as any Spinone advocate I have encountered and she breeds exclusively to produce outstanding examples of the breed. If you are fortunate enough to make Maria's list, you will be in for many joyful years of Spinone companionship.

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